POWER PLAY RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON ON CTV

Power Play returns to CTV on Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m. ET for its second season with 13 new one-hour episodes.

The new season will explore the lives, loves and behind-the-scenes machinations of the people who run the Hamilton Steelheads hockey team and its players. Old romances crumble and new ones arise. Brett Parker’s long awaited romantic interlude with Colleen ends when she suspects his motivation for the affair was to strengthen his position with the Hamilton Steelheads. Now Brett, the quintessential hustler who left a thriving sports agency to take over the Steelheads, finds himself on the outside looking in. As he faces this professional crisis, he must also manage a personal life in turmoil.

“The setting of Power Play still resonates with hockey fans, but we’re excited to see the personal relationships moving to centre ice this season,” says Bill Mustos, Vice President, Dramatic Programming for CTV. “The rich, complicated characters and what happens between them makes the series an excellent anchor for CTV’s Friday Drama Night in Canada block.”

The Honorable Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has a guest appearance in the first episode of the new season “Everything Is Broken” as a Government representative who helps keep the Steelheads in Hamilton and out of bankruptcy.

The series stars Gemini Award-winning film, television and theatre actor Michael Riley (French Kiss) as Steelhead’s General Manager “Brett Parker” and Kari Matchett (Marriage of Convenience) as Steelhead President Colleen Blessed. Joining them is a stellar ensemble cast: Dean McDermott (Due South) as team captain Mark Simpson; Normand Bissonnette (Forever Knight) as goalie Shakey Alphonse Tremblay; and young hotshot Jonathan Rannells (Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict®) as Todd Maplethorpe. Also returning this year is acclaimed multiple award-winning actor/writer/director Gordon Pinsent (Due South) as team owner Duff McArdle.

Writers/Producers Glenn Davis (Once A Thief) and William Laurin (Once A Thief) join Robert Lantos as Executive Producers. Supervising Producers are Jack Blum (Babyface) and Sharon Corder (Traders). Wendy Grean (Once A Thief) is the Producer.

Power Play has been nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for five Gemini Awards including Michael Riley for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.

Power Play is an Alliance Atlantis production in association with CTV, Serendipity Point Films and NDG Productions, and is produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program, CTF: Licence Fee Program, the Independent Production Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit. It is also produced with the participation of Rogers Telefund and developed with the assistance of the Cogeco Program Development Fund.