Production begins on season 3 of The Listener

Shaftesbury, in association with CTV and Fox International Channels, today announced that production is underway on Season 3 of the original drama series THE LISTENER.

It was also announced that U.S. entertainment network ION Television has acquired the first two seasons of the series for broadcast in 2012 with the option for future seasons.

Starring Craig Olejnik as mind-reading paramedic Toby Logan, THE LISTENER is broadcast on CTV and Bravo! in Canada, and internationally by Fox International Channels in 120 countries and 33 languages.

Season 3 of the 13 episode, one-hour series is currently shooting in and around Toronto until February 2012, with guest stars to include Kristin Lehman (THE KILLING), Rossif Sutherland (I’m Yours), Ian Tracey (HELL ON WHEELS), Canadian rapper, record producer and actor Wes Williams (CRA$H & BURN), JUNO Award-nominee Fefe Dobson, and more.

“THE LISTENER’s audience keeps growing season-over-season as strong characters mix an element of drama with comedic banter,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Productions, Bell Media. “It’s great television of which we’re incredibly proud.”

“With its unique blend of drama, investigation, action and humour, THE LISTENER is an internationally successful franchise that offers a fresh take on the one-hour procedural,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. “We’re looking forward to bringing new episodes of the series to Canadian and international viewers in partnership with CTV and Fox International Channels, and to introducing the series to new audiences in the U.S. with ION Television.”

Averaging 1.03 million viewers on CTV, THE LISTENER saw an impressive 13% growth among total viewers in Season 2. Following on the heels of Season 2′s dramatic finale, Season 3 finds Toby (Olejnik) having apparently renounced the use of his paranormal gift and severing ties with Sgt. McCluskey, after the strain of using his abilities starts to take a toll on his health. But he is unexpectedly thrust back into the world of the IIB when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist being pulled off by a desperate team of robbers (Rossif Sutherland, I’m Yours and Ian Tracey, INTELLIGENCE). It will take all of Toby’s skills, both as a paramedic and a mind reader, to keep him and his fellow hostages alive.

Following this high-tension opening, Toby finds himself challenged on all fronts, especially in his personal relationships. Meanwhile, Toby’s best friend and paramedic partner, Oz (Ennis Esmer, Young People F**king), moves into the apartment next door to Toby, and works up the courage to make a commitment to St. Luke Hospital triage nurse Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn).

The ensemble cast of THE LISTENER includes Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) as Toby Logan; Gemini-nominated Lauren Lee Smith (CSI; THE L WORD) as IIB Sergeant Michelle McCluskey; Ennis Esmer (Young People F**king) as paramedic Oz Bey; Rainbow Sun Francks (STARGATE ATLANTIS) as Corp. Dev Clark, McCluskey’s computer maven partner; Peter Stebbings (MADISON) as Alvin Klein, the IIB’s brilliant in-house legal expert; Mylène Dinh-Robic (STARGATE ATLANTIS) as Dr. Olivia Fawcett, Toby’s confidante and colleague at St. Luke Hospital; Tara Spencer-Nairn (CORNER GAS) as Sandy, St. Luke Hospital’s triage nurse who runs the floor with military precision; and Arnold Pinnock (COMBAT HOSPITAL) as EMS supervisor George Ryder.

U.S. entertainment network ION Television has acquired the first two seasons of THE LISTENER from Shaftesbury Sales Company for broadcast in 2012. The deal was finalized by Shine International, which distributes THE LISTENER internationally.

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