–Steph Song returns in multilingual original Chinese drama alongside new cast members Byron Mann, Telly Liu, and Aidan Devine –
TORONTO, ON (October 5, 2016) OMNI Television’s gritty, original crime drama series Blood and Water returns with eight new half-hour episodes of Season One, premiering Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET (check local listings). Produced in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, this next block of episodes follows Detective Jo Bradley (Steph Song) on an all-new murder case, entrenched in a mysterious web of lies leading back to the Xie family.
“We are proud to have completed the first season of Blood and Water and offer viewers eight new episodes of this compelling family drama,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “This series is such an important part of OMNI Television as it reflects multicultural, multigenerational and multilingual communities in Canada, both in front of and behind the camera.”
In the next eight episodes, Detective Evan Ong (Byron Mann, The Big Short), a decorated police hero formerly of the Guns and Gangs Unit, joins Detective Jo (Song) as they’re thrust back into the Xie family orbit. Following the death of his two sons, Ron Xie (Oscar Hsu) faces a power struggle when his company is held under siege by his former partner and his partner’s son, played by new cast member, Telly Liu (The Man with the Iron Fists). On a personal level, Jo finds herself on a quest to discover her biological family, one that stuns her and sets her on a dangerous, unpredictable journey of self-discovery.
Audiences can catch-up on the first eight episodes on the OMNI Television website, www.OMNItv.ca, and on Rogers on Demand.
“Breakthrough is thrilled to bring the ongoing saga of the troubled Xie family to audiences,” said Ira Levy, Executive Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment. “We’ve amped up the drama in these new episodes, incorporating the diversity issues that challenge these characters, speaking volumes to the cast’s depth and ability to connect with multilingual viewers.”
Also, returning for the second block are Elfina Luk (Helix), Oscar Hsu (The Girlfriend Experience), Fiona Fu (The Man in the High Castle), and Loretta Yu (Between), with new cast member Aidan Devine (The Girlfriend Experience).
“The next eight episodes not only showcase the talent of the Asian-Canadian acting communities, but are evidence of the strong support and vision from OMNI Television that made them possible,” said Ben Lu, producer. “Groundbreaking series, like Blood and Water, are living examples of the Canadian cultural landscape that make new Canadians feel welcome and represented on television.”
Written by Diane Boehme, Al Kratina, Dan Trotta and Simu Liu, Blood and Water is directed by Gail Harvey (Murdoch Mysteries, Lost Girl, Heartland) and Carl Bessai (Rehearsal, Sisters & Brothers, Fathers & Sons). Executive Producers are Ira Levy, Diane Boehme, Michael McGuigan, Malcolm Levy, Nat Abraham, Peter Williamson, Al Kratina and Dan Trotta. Ben Lu and Paula J. Smith are Producers. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Vice President of Broadcast. Blood and Water is produced with the support of the Canada Media Fund as well as Ontario, British Columbia and federal tax credits.
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About Breakthrough Entertainment
Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards.www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter.
About OMNI Television
OMNI™ is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity by broadcasting an array of ethnocultural programming, serving multiple language communities. With five television stations – in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) – OMNI has a combined reach to 22.7 million people across Canada. With locally produced diversity programs, OMNI also delivers star–studded international series and films, including Bollywood blockbusters, Asian Cinema, as well as Italian and Portuguese telenovelas. For more information visit www.OMNItv.ca.
Elisa Barbaro, OMNI Television, 647-388-9403, Elisa.Barbaro@rci.rogers.com
Cynthia Amsden, Roundstone Communication, 416.910.7740, email@example.com