MVP (TV series)
Cast of MVP
|Created by||Mary Young Leckie, Kent Staines|
|Directed by||T. W. Peacocke
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Heather Haldane|
|Producer(s)||Mary Young Leckie|
|Original release||January 11 – March 11, 2008|
MVP (Most Valuable Player) (Trophy Wives in the United Kingdom) (promoted in Canada with the subtitle "The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives") is a 2008 Canadian television series that debuted January 11, 2008 on CBC Television.
The program was cancelled by the CBC on March 7, 2008. Poor ratings and high production costs were cited as reasons for the cancellation.
The show centres on the Mustangs, a professional hockey team. After the death of veteran captain Adam McBride, there are many changes in store for the team and others connected: Gabe McCall, the coach's son, becomes the team captain; a rookie named Trevor Lemonde is controversially added to the team; McBride's wife, Evelyn, and their daughter Molly, must adjust to a new lifestyle after there is no money left to them.
- Lucas Bryant ... as Gabe McCall
- Dillon Casey ... as Trevor Lemonde
- Matthew Bennett ... as Malcolm LeBlanc
- Peter Miller ... as Damon Trebuche
- Kristin Booth ... as Connie
- Anastasia Phillips ... as Tabbi
- Deborah Odell ... as Evelyn McBride
- Natalie Krill ... as Molly
- Olivia Waldriff ... as Grace Morris
- Amanda Brugel ... as Megan Chandler
- Alec McClure ... as Owen Chandler
The Screen Door production began filming in 2006 in the Toronto, London and Hamilton, Ontario areas and generated wide interest including from the National Hockey League itself. The budget for the first ten episodes was approximately $14 million. It was distributed by Screendoor International.
MVP premiered Thursday, June 19, 2008 on SOAPnet, and had a special promotional airing Friday, June 20, 2008 on ABC after the Daytime Emmy Awards, where it was the lowest-rated Big Four network program of the week. The promotional subtitle in the United States was changed to He Shoots, She Scores.
Digital broadcaster Living TV has secured the rights to MVP in the UK, but only showed four episodes since airing it on May 4, 2009. The series has been re-titled Trophy Wives for the British market. After re-branding itself from Living Loves to Sky Living Loves starting January 2011, episodes have been re-shown (including those not previously broadcast on Living TV) every Thursday and Saturday.
- "CBC axes Hockey Wives, jPod", Globe & Mail, March 8, 2008.
- "Sexy MVP worries NHL", canoe.ca, January 8, 2008.
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