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Two series skedded for Canuck TV debut

MONTREAL — Alliance Communications is set to lense two drama series, which will both debut next fall on Canuck TV, and the Canadian TV producer has also picked-up all world rights to another series.

Canadian pubcaster CBC has ordered 13 one-hour episodes of “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy,” which is a spin-off of a two-hour MOW that premiered on CBC in January.

CTV, Canada’s leading private network, has given the greenlight to 13 episodes of “Power Play,” a drama hockey series described by Alliance as ” ‘Jerry Maguire’ meets ‘Slapshot.’ ”

Alliance has all world rights to both series it is shooting — “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy” and “Power Play” — and it is actively shopping both shows in the U.S.

Alliance will also be distributing internationally the Canadian-made series “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” a drama about Dominic Da Vinci, a senior coroner in Vancouver.

“Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy” is based on the memoirs of British Columbian cattle-rancher Richmond Hobson Jr. Christine Shipton will executive produce, and an Alliance spokesman said the cast will likely be the same as on the CBC MOW.

The TV movie starred Chad Willett, Sarah Chalke and Ted Atherton, and was written and produced by David Barlow and Charles Lazer.

“Power Play” was created and written by Glenn Davis and William Laurin, the same duo behind the Alliance CTV series, “Once a Thief.”

The series revolves around Brett Parker, a brilliant but morally empty sports agent who moves back to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario to run a struggling National Hockey League franchise.

“Da Vinci’s Inquest” was created by and is executive produced by Chris Haddock. The series is produced by Jonathan Goodwill. Alliance will begin selling all three series at the upcoming MIP TV mart.

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