HBO Canada joins cool kids, will ‘binge-launch’ dram­edy

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — HBO Canada will re­lease the en­tire first sea­son of the new Kim Cat­trall dram­edy Sen­si­tive Skin at once, in a rare move aimed at cap­tur­ing the on­line “binge-watch­ing” au­di­ence.

The orig­i­nal Cana­dian se­ries will pre­mière July 20 on HBO Canada. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the tele­vi­sion broad­cast, all six half-hour episodes of the se­ries will be avail­able on dig­i­tal plat­forms.

Sub­scribers of HBO Canada can watch the episodes on TMN GO, the Shaw Go Movie Cen­tral app, the Bell TV app and Telus Op­tik on the go. The show will con­tinue to air on HBO Canada weekly.

Don McKel­lar di­rects and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duces Sen­si­tive Skin, while also star­ring as Cat­trall’s long­time hus­band. The show fol­lows the ag­ing cou­ple’s strug­gle to feel rel­e­vant and young again by mov­ing down­town to a hip condo.

McKel­lar said in a re­lease that mak­ing the en­tire se­ries im­me­di­ately avail­able is ideal for “sum­mer cot­tagers, in­som­ni­acs and people (like my par­ents) who still can’t use their PVR (no mat­ter how many times they’ve been shown).”

Cat­trall, also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, said she hopes au­di­ences love Sen­si­tive Skin as much as she en­joyed mak­ing it.

“We had an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate the se­ries the way we felt it should be told, with hon­esty, hu­mour and in­tel­li­gence,” said the Cana­dian ac­tress, who is best known for play­ing sex-crazed Samantha on HBO’s Sex and the City.

Bell Me­dia and Corus En­ter­tain­ment, which run HBO Canada, said the move to launch the en­tire sea­son at once was a “Cana­dian broad­cast first.”

Kim Cat­trall and Don McKel­lar star in Sen­si­tive Skin.

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