CanWest wants seconds of 'Guard,' 'Hair,' 'Years'


TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CanWest Media Thursday ordered second seasons for three homegrown series, "The Guard," " 'da Kink in my Hair" and "The Best Years," which airs on the N stateside.

"The Guard, a one-hour drama co-produced by Halifax Film and Brightlight Pictures, portrays four offbeat Canadian Coast Guard officers, while comedy " 'da Kink in my Hair," from Barna Alper Prods., is set in a Toronto hair salon. Blueprint Entertainment's "The Best Years" follows six young people at a New England college.

CanWest Media runs two parallel Canadian networks, E! and Global Television.

Earlier this month, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said it had renewed homegrown dramas "Heartland" and "The Border" along with the comedy "Sophie." It also cancelled a pair of rookie shows: "MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives" and "JPod."

National TV network CTV recently green-lighted two homegrown dramas: Shaftesbury Films' "The Listener" and Pink Sky/Avamar Entertainment's "Flashpoint." The series were recently sold to NBC and CBS, respectively.