Four-part Miniseries, COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE to Air Exclusively on INSP

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Original series set in pre-revolutionary war era is scheduled to air on Memorial Day.

Courage, New Hampshire

With the overwhelming success of period shows like Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, North & South, etc., audiences will find COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE equally compelling.

INSP has executed an exclusive agreement with Colony Bay Productions to air a four-episode miniseries entitled “COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE.” The announcement was made today by Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP in conjunction with James Riley, President of Colony Bay and creator of the series.

“We are very excited to make this announcement,” said Butts. “Original scripted dramas are going to play a significant role in INSP’s future programming strategy. COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE is an outstanding edition to our already strong programming line-up. With the overwhelming success of period shows like Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, North & South, etc., audiences will find COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE equally compelling. The series tells the story of pre-revolutionary war America that is both entertaining and historically accurate. And, it fits perfectly with the INSP brand.”

COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE is a dramatic series set in a small rural town on the western border of New Hampshire in the late 1700s. The production is the result of a passionate vision. The series’ director and executive producer, James Riley, is no stranger to the era. His Southern California farm, property belonging to his family for generations, is the site of weekly Revolutionary War reenactments.

“I was born in the wrong century,” laughs Riley. “Love of America has become a lifestyle for me and my family. We are passionate about our country’s past, beginning with the people and places that stood for freedom and the events that led to our independence. When I decided to write and produce a series, it just seemed natural. We already owned the period-authentic wardrobes and buildings (no plumbing or electricity) right here on the property. So we set about finding a cast, and it was gratifying to see so many talented actors anxious to be included. The rest is, well, history.”

The agreement has been in development for more than a year. When Butts met Riley, they began to discuss the possibility of airing COURAGE on INSP. They both felt that it was a natural fit, and, over the past couple of months, negotiations intensified.

Butts continued, “INSP is the perfect network for Jim’s production. Our viewers are fiercely loyal and deeply committed to our country and to the traditional family. COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE embraces these same values. The series was written using stories painstakingly derived from historical documents and personal letters. The dedication and attention to detail by Jim, his cast and crew have resulted in one of the highest quality productions on this topic I’ve ever seen.”

For Jim, there was no question that this story needed to be told.

“The bald truth of the matter is that we don’t get enough of it,” said Riley. “A handful of feature films have been made about the American Revolution and very few about the formative years from Jamestown to Bunker Hill. America, even today, is still very much about those five generations who braved the New World in the fearful decades between Roanoke and Lexington. They were a sturdy lot of men and women who struggled to create and sustain a republic dedicated to the rare notion of individual freedom and ‘unalienable rights,’ a message still relevant today.”

The series will debut on INSP in its entirety on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th beginning at 7PM ET. An encore presentation is scheduled to air as a four-part miniseries on Tuesday – Friday, May 28-31, 2013 at 8PM ET and will feature one episode each night.

INSP is available in more than 73 million households across the U.S. via cable and DBS. Viewers can check their local program guides for channel information or visit


About The Inspiration Networks
The Inspiration Networks is a family of cable and satellite-delivered networks available to more than 155 million households worldwide. The flagship network, INSP, reaches more than 73 million U.S. households with a classic line-up of family entertainment and ranks among the fastest-growing basic cable networks in America. To learn more, visit

About Colony Bay Productions
Colony Bay Productions is dedicated to telling the adventurous, heroic and exceptional story of America in a way that both challenges and inspires the audience. A small group of professional filmmakers, writers, actors and editors- the crew is committed to bringing high production standards and compelling stories to the public.

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