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Ring-a-Ding-Ding Baby... He's Back!! Second Season of "Call Me Fitz" Premieres on DirecTV's Audience Network November 3
The show's sophomore run kicks off Thursday, November 3 at 9:30/8:30c.

[via press release from DirecTV]

Ring-a-Ding-Ding Baby... He's Back!! Second Season of "Call Me Fitz" Premieres on DirecTV's Audience Network November 3

Critically Acclaimed, Award-Winning Comedy Starring Jason Priestley Will Air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Television's most lovable scoundrel returns when Call Me Fitz begins its second season on Thursday, November 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on DirecTV's Audience Network. Jason Priestley (My Name is Earl, Beverly Hills 90210) stars in this dark yet brilliant comedy series as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, a morally bankrupt, yet charismatic, used-car salesman who is forced to become business partners with his inner "conscience" - a lanky do-gooder named Larry. Priestley has earned rave reviews and multiple award nominations for his performance as Fitz, the handsome, substance-abusing scoundrel who torments his naive co-workers, stoops to shameful lows to beat the competition and makes no apologies for his shameless womanizing.

The start of the second season finds Fitz incapacitated by a series of recurring nightmares in which he is shackled to a wheel of death before a shadowy, knife-throwing figure - who may or may not be the new office manager Dot Foxley. Ever the pragmatist, Larry believes Fitz is simply anxious about not being able to sell cars, a theory quickly discarded after a psychic tells Fitz the nightmare is actually a prophecy. Unless Fitz makes amends to the "person he's wronged", he is marked to die.

The ensemble cast includes Ernie Grunwald as Larry, Fitz's so-called conscience; Peter MacNeill as Ken Fitzpatrick, Fitz' father and patriarch of Fitzpatrick Motors; Tracy Dawson as Meghan Fitzpatrick, Fitz's shrewish younger sister and thorn in his side; Donavon Stinson as Josh Mctaggart, the Fitzpatrick Motors in-house mechanic; and Brooke Nevin as Sonja Lester, Fitzpatrick Motors' receptionist and Fitz's former love interest. Amy Sloan joins the cast as Dot Foxley, the new office manager who has an inexplicable hate for Larry, a penchant for witchcraft and a miniature model of Fitzpatrick Motors (complete with Fitz and Larry voodoo dolls) hidden in her apartment.

Nominated for 16 Gemini Awards for its first season, Call Me Fitz recently took home seven trophies, the most of any comedy or drama series this year. Wins include: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Ernie Grunwald); Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Tracy Dawson); Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Rachel Blanchard); Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series; and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series . The series was also nominated for four Golden Nymph Awards at the prestigious Monte Carlo Television Festival, including two nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Jason Priestley and Ernie Grunwald) and two nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Brooke Nevin and Kathleen Munroe).

The series, which debuted on HBO Canada in Fall 2010 and on DirecTV in April 2011, became an instant success, drawing high ratings and garnering glowing reviews. Call Me Fitz has been sold to fourteen international broadcasters and will be seen in over 60 countries world-wide. The complete first season is currently available on DVD and contains special bonus features including The Genesis of Fitz, blooper reels and a sneak peek of season two. The series was created by Sheri Elwood and then developed by Amaze Film + Television and is produced by Amaze, Big Motion Pictures and Entertainment One, with the participation of The Movie Network and Movie Central. Executive Produced by Sheri Elwood, who is also the series Show Runner.

About DirecTV:

DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 30 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DirecTV offers its 19.4 million customers access to more than 170 HD channels and Dolby-Digital(R) 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM), Emmy- award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for eleven years running. DirecTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay-TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 10.6 million customers. DirecTV sports and entertainment properties include three Regional Sports Networks (Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as a 60 percent interest in Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DirecTV, please visit www.DirecTV.com.

About DirecTV's Audience Network

Audience Network, DirecTV's exclusive entertainment channel, is a unique television experience available exclusively to DirecTV subscribers. The channel first made its mark as in 2008 by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and more recently becoming the exclusive home of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, with Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. As a result, Audience Network has become the premiere destination for diverse, quality and critically-acclaimed programming. Audience Network is a blend of daring, innovative series, hit programs from across the globe being discovered by US audiences for the first time, concert specials from A-list artists, and the annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl.

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