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--New Primetime Action-Adventure Series Premiering Sunday, January 23 at 8PM

Follows Escapades of New Generation of Musketeers--

(West Palm Beach, FL – January 18, 2005) – The two-time Grammy winner and actress Sheena Easton and Emmy winner Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny,” “Days of Our Lives,”) have joined the cast of “Young Blades,” PAX TV’s new primetime series debuting Sunday, January 23 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. The fun-filled action-adventure series follows a new generation of swashbucklers inspired by the legendary Three Musketeers.

Easton will be a principal cast member, Queen Anne, mother to the royal son, Prince Louis, who is waiting to assume control of the French kingdom upon his 18th birthday. Shaughnessy is taking on the recurring role of Charles D’Artagnan, the legendary Musketeer whose son (portrayed by Tobias Mehler) is one of the young, fun-loving and courageous musketeers.

“From the start, the strong scripts and a genuine interest in the genre have appealed to popular, high-caliber actors, including our cast of regulars,” said Executive Producer Billy Brown. “We’re delighted that Sheena Easton has joined the series for multiple episodes as Queen Anne. She has international appeal as a singing sensation and an actress and is having great fun with the material. Charles Shaughnessy is equally terrific in his guest-starring portrayal of the senior D’Artagnan. He brings the perfect blend of comedic and dramatic skills and an amazing enthusiasm to the role. Both of these actors have added excitement to the production.”

“We are pleased to have this beautifully produced, fun, action-adventure series on PAX. The ensemble cast of established stars such as Michael Ironside and Bruce Boxleitner, along with Sheena Easton and Charles Shaughnessy, are terrific. They compliment the series’ cast of talented new faces,” said Bill Scott, President of the PAX Television Network.

“Young Blades” brings together a dynamic cast. Joining Hollywood veterans Michael Ironside (“Total Recall,” “The Perfect Storm”) and Bruce Boxleitner (“Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Babylon 5”) is a vibrant group of young actors including Tobias Mehler (“Taken,” “Stargate SG-1”), Karen Cliche (“I Do, But I Don’t,” “Mutant X”), Zak Santiago (“Traffic: The Miniseries, “The L Word”), Mark Hildreth (“Legend of Earthsea,” “Dragon Ball Z”) and newcomer to U.S. television screens, the young Irish actor Robbie Sheehan.

Created by the Emmy Award-winning writing team of Dan Angel (who is also executive producer of the series) and Billy Brown (“Door To Door,” “Night Visions”), “Young Blades” is a fun and action-packed tale that uses 17th century France as its backdrop and takes inspiration from the classic story. The series is produced by Shavick/Insight Studios in association with The Hatchery, LLC.


Easton, whose career has spanned over 25 years, has received two Grammys and was the first artist to have five top records on five Billboard charts. In addition to her recording success, Easton is a top concert attraction around the world, having performed in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and Taipei. Easton’s acting credits include a five-episode appearance on “Miami Vice,” a co-starring role opposite Stacy Keach in a John Carpenter-directed trilogy for Showtime titled “Body Bags,” and as a guest star in the cult syndicated series “The Highlander,” as well as a starring role in UPN’s “Ghost Stories.” Other credits include “Brisco County” and “Tech Wars,” as well as a starring role in Showtime’s “Outer Limits.” On Broadway, Sheena starred as Aldonza/Dulcinea in “Man of La Mancha” opposite the late Raul Julia’s “Don Quixote.” Throughout its year run, the play remained one of the top five grossing hits at the box office. She also starred on Broadway in the hit musical “Grease” as Rizzo. Easton has been busy with frequent appearances in Las Vegas where she has been a major attraction for the last decade, and was recently inducted into the Las Vegas Hall of Fame.


Shaughnessy starred opposite Fran Drescher in the successful CBS show “The Nanny.” After a six-year run on “The Nanny,” he has since appeared in the feature film “Denial” with Jason Alexander and Patrick Dempsey, “Second Chances,” “The Painting” and, most recently, “Kids in America,” as well as several TV movies, including “A Kiss So Deadly” with Charlotte Ross, “Dayo” with Elijah Wood and for Disney, “Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire” with Caroline Rhea and “Get A Clue” with Lindsay Lohan. He recently reunited with Fran Drescher in WB’s “Shacking Up” as the role of her ex-husband. Shaughnessy has worked on many animated series and received an Emmy Award for his voice-work as Dennis the goldfish in the animated Disney cartoon, “Stanley.” Most recently, Charles made his Broadway debut starring in the triple Tony Award-winning musical, “Urinetown.”

About Shavick/Insight

Shavick/Insight represents the partnering of two of Vancouver’s busiest production houses, Shavick Entertainment (with over 50 movie productions to its credit) and Insight Film (with over 10 years of documentary and television series production). Combined, Shavick/Insight is now Vancouver’s busiest production house with 12 movie projects and a dramatic series going to camera this year.

About The Hatchery, LLC

The Hatchery, LLC, is a production and marketing company and developer of intellectual properties in the family and kids arena. Partners and Co-Chief Executive Officers of The Hatchery are Margaret Loesch (Emmy and Peabody Award winner and formerly founding President and CEO of The Hallmark Channel and founding President and CEO of Fox Kids Worldwide) and Bruce Stein (former Worldwide President/COO of Mattel, Inc and CEO of Sony Interactive). American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of social expression products, is a strategic partner in the company. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer and producer Dan Angel is also a partner in The Hatchery, and Mandalay Entertainment is the founding investor and a co-owner.

Since launching in April 2003 the company has acquired more than 20 franchise properties; produced and released television and feature film projects; and partnered in patented consumer products.

About PAX TV

Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation’s largest broadcast television distribution system and the PAX TV network. PAX TV reaches 87% of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. PAX TV’s original programming slate for the 2004-2005 broadcast season features the critically acclaimed unscripted series, “Cold Turkey”; a new scripted drama, “Young Blades”; two entertaining variety programs, “America’s Most Talented Kids” and “World Cup Comedy,” executive produced by Kelsey Grammer; and two fast-paced game shows, “On the Cover” and “Balderdash.” Returning series include PAX’s top-rated dramas, “Doc” and “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.” For more information, visit PAX TV’s website at



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