The women come out on top in Bliss, an eight-part half-hour Showcase Original anthology series based on women’s erotic fiction, adapted by female screenwriters and directed by acclaimed female Canadian filmmakers. Bliss airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 6 as part of Showcase’s “Fridays Without Borders” lineup.
Each episode of Bliss follows a female protagonist exploring an aspect of her sexuality. The first episode, entitled Valentine’s Day in Jail, is based on a short story by poet/novelist Susan Musgrave (Cargo of Orchids) and stars Torri Higginson (The English Patient) and Adam Beach (Windtalkers) and was directed by Holly Dale (Jeremiah). While teaching in a prison, Kate (Higginson) falls in love with Angel (Beach), a man serving a ten-year sentence for drug smuggling. The couple plans a clandestine encounter inside the prison.
“Bliss is a truly unique series in that it is erotica created by women, for women. But with its sexy storylines, impressive cast and directors, and high production values, this series will ultimately appeal to women and men alike,” said Laura Michalchyshyn, Senior Vice-President of Programming for the Dramatic Networks.
The acclaimed Canadian directors of Bliss include Lynne Stopkewich, Holly Dale and Adrienne Mitchell. The cast includes Callum Keith Rennie (Due South, Flower & Garnet), Jenny Levine (Outer Limits, PSI Factor) and Peter Wingfield (The Chris Isaak Show, Highlander). The erotic stories are penned by such writers as Sharon Riis, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, and Carol Lazare.
Bliss is a Showcase Original series and was nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Dramatic Television Series and Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series in 2002.
Bliss is a series from Montreal’s Galafilm and Toronto’s Back Alley Films. The series was created and executive produced by the Gemini Award-winning team of Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell (Straight-Up, Drop the Beat, Talk 16), with executive producer Arnie Gelbart, who has produced such critically acclaimed features as The Hanging Garden and Lilies, and producer Ian Whitehead (The Worst Witch, Two Thousand and None).
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