CTV orders edgy new original scripted drama, Played

CTV announced today from the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena, CA that they have ordered a new Canadian drama series from critically acclaimed Muse Entertainment Enterprises and award-winning Back Alley Film Productions.

CTV has ordered thirteen, one-hour episodes of Played (working title), an ensemble, procedural police drama that follows the activities of the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit), a Toronto-based police unit that goes undercover to infiltrate criminal organizations.

In each episode, the detectives perform a high-wire, nerve-wracking act that requires a serious confidence game as they go undercover and convince the bad guys that, they too, are criminals – all the while trying to prevent their jobs from corroding their own lives.

The announcement follows CTV’s pick-up today of the new Canadian comedy series Satisfaction. The two programs join CTV’s burgeoning lineup of original scripted series including Motive, Saving Hope, and The Listener.

Played is developed for television by Gemini Award winning executive producers Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman (Bomb Girls, Durham County), Emmy–Award nominated Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Being HUman), and Greg Nelson (Saving Hope), who is creator and co-showrunner with Mitchell. Played is set to begin production in Toronto this spring.

“Played is a suspenseful, adrenaline-filled ride,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports “This ensemble series will show viewers a gritty and modern take on the gruelling life of undercover cops.”

“Played is a contest of wits between undercover cops and their targets. It’s about selling yourself as authentic, the anticipation of whether or not the target buys you, and the threat of what they’ll do to you if they don’t,” said executive producers Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley Films.

“Played will bring audiences into the world of undercover cops in a way that they have never seen before. It is completely original and explosive. We are extremely appreciative of the enthusiastic support of CTV in launching this series in a very competitive scheduling environment,” said Michael Prupas, President and CEO of Muse Entertainment.

Played sees the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit) take on a new case and target each week. The unit designs the operation and executes each case undercover as they infiltrate criminal worlds, collect evidence, and make arrests. The undercover CIU detectives build relationships with bad guys, whether coaxing confessions, buying drugs and guns in covert sting operations, infiltrating high finance scams, or immersing themselves with a crew of bank robbers.

Today’s fast-paced times demand equally rapid detective work: these cops work quickly, plunging into the deep end and into high stakes scenarios with short, intense timeframes. Then, after posing as various criminals, the members of the CIU flip the switch and try and go home to their “normal” lives as spouses and parents.

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