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Bowie sates ‘Hunger’

Singer to host Telescene's horror series

MONTREAL — David Bowie will host the second season of “The Hunger,” the erotic-horror anthology series that Telescene Film Group produces for the Showtime web.

Bowie co-starred in the original 1983 vampire pic that was the inspiration for the series, which made its bow on Showtime last year. Montreal-based Telescene is producing 22 half-hour episodes of the series with a budget of $16 million; the company has shot 12 episodes.

The first season of “The Hunger” was hosted by British actor Terence Stamp and included shows directed by Tony Scott, Jake Scott and Russell Mulcahey.

Last season’s production was an official Canadian-British co-production pairing Telescene with Scott Free, the London-based production outfit owned by helmer/producers Tony and Ridley Scott.

This year is a 100% Canadian production. Mulcahey has already directed two of this season’s episodes. The Canuck broadcaster for “The Hunger” is pay TV web TMN — The Movie Network.

Bowie most recently starred alongside Leonardo Pieraccioni and Harvey Keitel in the pic “My West” from Italian helmer Giovanni Veronesi.

Telescene is in the midst of its busiest-ever production slate, with the Canadian production company poised to deliver 61 hours of TV programming this year, up from 26 hours last year.

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