Flashpoint

After dominating Friday nights for the past two weeks in a row, summer’s hottest drama is moving to television’s biggest night. CTV, along with U.S. broadcast partner CBS, announced today that Flashpoint will now air in the coveted Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET time-slot beginning this Thursday, July 24 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The gripping new original CTV and CBS co-production about an elite Toronto police team (SRU) will now air in the prime time-slot that also features the 9 p.m. lead-in of Canada’s #1 summer series, So You Think You Can Dance. A special encore broadcast of this Thursday’s Flashpoint (Episode 3) will air Sunday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

“Flashpoint is firing on all cylinders,” said Susanne Boyce, President of Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The audience – and buzz – continues to build on both sides of the border. It’s a testament to the outstanding ensemble cast and exceptional writing.”

In Canada, 908,000 viewers watched the second episode last Friday, July 18, making it the most-watched program of the night, more than double its next closest 10 p.m. competitor. Among key 18-34 and 18-49 demos, Episode 2 was up 55% and 16% respectively from its debut week. Friday’s success follows an impressive series premiere when Flashpoint debuted #1 in Canada and the U.S. on Friday, July 11.

In the U.S., Flashpoint once again finished #1 for CBS last Friday, repeating its status as the most-watched program of the night on American network television with 7.1 million viewers for the second straight week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Flashpoint has experienced a strong showing on iTunes and online as well. Launched on July 14, the series is the #2 most-downloaded television series on iTunes Canada. It’s also been accessed on demand on CTV’s online video player on CTV.ca with tens of thousands of streams, on par with streams for hit shows such as Lost. Episode 2 of Flashpoint is available now on demand at CTV.ca.

In this Thursday’s broadcast, “The Element of Surprise” (July 24 at 10 p.m. ET), Jackson Brannigan (Erik Knudsen, Jericho, Saw II) has been clean and sober for 18 months, but his sister’s still hurting from the days he was using – and stealing from her. Desperate to repay her and win back her trust, he re-visits his past to collect from a dealer who owes him money … on the same day Parker and Team One stage a raid on the dealer’s headquarters.

Flashpoint - Episode 2

A father takes desperate measures to save his daughter’s life in an encore broadcast of Flashpoint on Sunday, July 20 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. The gripping second episode, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on CTV, guest stars veteran Canadian actor Henry Czerny (Mayerthorpe, The Tudors). CTV’s “reverse” simulcast of the Flashpoint series premiere, debuted #1 in both Canada and the U.S. last Friday, July 11.

In Flashpoint Episode 2, “First in Line” (Sunday, July 20 at 10 p.m. ET), Jack Swanson’s (Henry Czerny) teenage daughter desperately needs a heart transplant. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races her to the hospital, only to find the heart’s been allocated to someone else – a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman’s gun on the surgical team, forcing Ed (Hugh Dillon) and Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

— Highly anticipated Series Premiere wins time-slot, night and all key demos —

CTV’s reverse simulcast of its original series Flashpoint debuted #1 in both Canada and the U.S. on Friday night. Across Canada, the series delivered 1.11 million total viewers, 140% more than the next closest 10 p.m. competitor, winning both its time-slot and the night. The series premiere also finished #1 in Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 demos. The episode was #1 in each of Canada?s three metered markets; Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. In all cases, the audience grew in its second half-hour, peaking at 1.26 million viewers.

In the U.S. Flashpoint finished #1 for CBS, #1 in its time-slot, #1 in every adult demographic and was the most-watched program of the night. It also grew audiences in its second half hour and in all, counted 8.13 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“Bullseye!” said Susanne Boyce, President of Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “To be #1 in North America underscores, yet again, the talent in this country. Congratulations to the creators, cast and creative team of Flashpoint.

Flashpoint Episode 2 premieres this Friday, July 18 at 10 pm on CTV/CBS. In ?First in Line? Jack Swanson?s (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors) teenaged daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital, only to find the heart?s been allocated to someone else ? a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman?s gun on a surgical team, forcing Ed and Jules to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

Set proudly in Toronto, the 13-part series is the first Canadian series since CTV?s Due South to air in network primetime in both Canada and the U.S. Flashpoint continues production in Toronto until August 25, 2008.

Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment (Anne Marie La Traverse) and Avamar Entertainment (Bill Mustos) in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television. Louise Clark and Virginia Rankin are the CTV production executives working with the series. Louise Clark is Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Friday, July 11
10pm

Ed Lane’s (Hugh Dillon, Durham County) the best sniper and the toughest cop on SRU Team One. So when an enraged gunman takes a hostage in a public square at rush hour, it’s Ed who ends up in position to take the lethal shot from a nearby rooftop. Parker (Enrico Colantoni, Veronica Mars) struggles to pacify the volatile gunman, but the situation escalates when it looks like he’s about to kill again. Also premiering on CBS (same date and time), Flashpoint is the first series since Due South to air in “reverse” simulcast in the United States.

Friday, July 18
10pm

Jack Swanson’s (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors) teenaged daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital, only to find the heart’s been allocated to someone else – a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman’s gun on a surgical team, forcing Ed (Hugh Dillon, Durham County) and Jules (Amy Jo Johnson, Felicity) to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

Friday, July 25
10pm

Jackson Brannigan’s (Erik Knudsen, Jericho, Saw II) been clean and sober for 18 months, but his sister’s still hurting from the days he was using – and stealing from her. Desperate to repay her and win back her trust, he revisits his past to collect from a dealer who owes him money… on the same day Parker and Team One stage a raid on the dealer’s headquarters. Jackson’s horrified when an undercover cop is caught in the crossfire. Trapped between the psychotic dealer and the SRU, Jackson secretly uses the dying cop’s cell phone to help Ed come up with a new entry plan. Meanwhile, Sam (David Paetkau, Whistler), desperately urges the team to take immediate action – they’re nearly out of time for “safe” entry, but Ed resists, having just learned the real reason Sam was discharged from the military: he shot a buddy in friendly fire, and had to watch him die… Can Ed ever trust Sam – knowing the secret he may be trying to atone for?

Explosive scenarios, defused in a flash! Follow the exploits of a highly-skilled tactical team trained to get inside the heads of the most dangerous suspects, in the world premiere of the new CTV Original Series Flashpoint, airing Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning July 11 on CTV and CTV HD East/West (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Flashpoint will also be available on demand on iTunes and the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its television broadcast.

Picked up by CBS for “reverse simulcast” with CTV, Flashpoint is a drama which depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in Toronto’s Strategic Response Unit (SRU), trained to rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, climb the sides of buildings and talk down suicidal teens. Set proudly in Toronto, the 13-part series will become the first Canadian series since CTV’s Due South to air in network primetime in both Canada and the U.S. Flashpoint continues production in Toronto until August 25, 2008.

** Media Note ** – Download all-new photos from Flashpoint at ctvmedia.ca.
View the Flashpoint trailer here.

“Flashpoint is an edge-of-your-seat drama full of excitement, with well-written, beautifully performed characters and a sleek look,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “We’re looking forward to sharing this compelling series with a North American audience.”

Starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County), Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) and David Paetkau (Whistler), Flashpoint follows a unique group of cops that can do what ordinary police officers can’t. Members of a highly-skilled SWAT team (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force), they’re trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject’s head at the very emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. They’ll do whatever it takes to defuse the situation to try to save lives – all in a day’s work.

It takes years on the street, intense physical conditioning and elite marksmanship to make it in the SRU. They handle state-of-the art equipment – sniper rifles, snake-cameras, robots, flash-bangs, night vision and Tasers. But beyond all of the cool gadgetry, the most important weapon in their arsenal is human intuition, a gift for words and an ability to read emotion.

“We have produced a high-adrenaline drama series that will take viewers on an emotional journey while keeping them on the edge of their seats,” said Executive Producers Anne-Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. “We’re thrilled that Flashpoint will soon be seen across North America and beyond.”

Flashpoint stars an impressive list of talent, including Enrico Colantoni as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Hugh Dillon as Ed Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Amy Jo Johnson as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan, sniper and rappelling expert; David Paetkau as Sam Braddock, the newest sniper on the team; Michael Cram (Stargate: Atlantis) as Kevin “Wordy” Wordsworth, who specializes in close quarter combat; Sergio Di Zio (Just Buried) as Mike “Spike” Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert; Mark Taylor (Doomstown) as Lewis “Lou” Young, specializing in less lethal solutions; and Ruth Marshall (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Dr. Amanda Luria, the forensic psychologist.

Each episode of Flashpoint will be made available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca following its television broadcast on Saturdays beginning July 12 at 9 a.m. ET. Episodes will also be made available the day after broadcast from the iTunes Store in Canada. Flashpoint joins other original CTV programs on iTunes including Corner Gas, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star and Robson Arms.

In the series premiere “Scorpio” (Friday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET), Ed Lane’s the best sniper and the toughest cop on SRU Team One. So when an enraged gunman takes a hostage in a public square at rush hour, it’s Ed who ends up in position to take the lethal shot from a nearby rooftop. Parker struggles to pacify the volatile gunman, but the situation escalates when it looks like he’s about to kill again.

In the second episode entitled “First in Line” (Friday, July 18 at 10 p.m. ET), Jack Swanson’s (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors) teenaged daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital, only to find the heart’s been allocated to someone else – a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policeman’s gun on a surgical team, forcing Ed and Jules to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

Explosive scenarios, defused in a flash! Follow the exploits of a highly-skilled tactical team trained to get inside the heads of the most dangerous suspects, in the world premiere of the new CTV Original Series Flashpoint, airing Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning July 11 on CTV and CTV HD East/West (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Flashpoint will also be available on demand on iTunes and the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its television broadcast.

Picked up by CBS for reverse simulcast with CTV, Flashpoint is a drama which depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in Torontos Strategic Response Unit (SRU), trained to rescue hostages, bust gangs, defuse bombs, climb the sides of buildings and talk down suicidal teens. Set proudly in Toronto, the 13-part series will become the first Canadian series since CTVs Due South to air in network primetime in both Canada and the U.S. Flashpoint continues production in Toronto until August 25, 2008.

Flashpoint is an edge-of-your-seat drama full of excitement, with well-written, beautifully performed characters and a sleek look, said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. Were looking forward to sharing this compelling series with a North American audience.

Flashpoint Timeline:
2005 Project originates from CTVs Writer-Only Development Program
2006 CTV brings on Anne-Marie La Traverse to produce
July, 2007 Flashpoint pilot shot along with three other productions as part of CTVs Pilot Production Program
December, 2007 CTV picks up pilot with financing in place for Pink Sky Entertainment (Anne Marie La Traverse) and Avamar Entertainment (Bill Mustos), to be produced solely for CTV.
January, 2008 CBS becomes production partner in series
April 17, 2008 Production begins in Toronto.
July 11, 2008 Flashpoint becomes first Canadian series since Due South to air in network primetime in the United States

Starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Hugh Dillon (Durham County), Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) and David Paetkau (Whistler), Flashpoint follows a unique group of cops that can do what ordinary police officers cant. Members of a highly-skilled SWAT team (inspired by Torontos Emergency Task Force), theyre trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subjects head at the very emotional breaking point (the flashpoint) that triggered the crisis. Theyll do whatever it takes to defuse the situation to try to save lives all in a days work.

It takes years on the street, intense physical conditioning and elite marksmanship to make it in the SRU. They handle state-of-the art equipment sniper rifles, snake-cameras, robots, flash-bangs, night vision and Tasers. But beyond all of the cool gadgetry, the most important weapon in their arsenal is human intuition, a gift for words and an ability to read emotion.

We have produced a high-adrenaline drama series that will take viewers on an emotional journey while keeping them on the edge of their seats, said Executive Producers Anne-Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. Were thrilled that Flashpoint will soon be seen across North America and beyond.

Flashpoint stars an impressive list of talent, including Enrico Colantoni as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Hugh Dillon as Ed Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Amy Jo Johnson as Julianna Jules Callaghan, sniper and rappelling expert; David Paetkau as Sam Braddock, the newest sniper on the team; Michael Cram (Stargate: Atlantis) as Kevin Wordy Wordsworth, who specializes in close quarter combat; Sergio Di Zio (Just Buried) as Mike Spike Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert; Mark Taylor (Doomstown) as Lewis Lou Young, specializing in less lethal solutions; and Ruth Marshall (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Dr. Amanda Luria, the forensic psychologist.

Each episode of Flashpoint will be made available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca following its television broadcast on Saturdays beginning July 12 at 9 a.m. ET. Episodes will also be made available the day after broadcast from the iTunes Store in Canada. Flashpoint joins other original CTV programs on iTunes including Corner Gas, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star and Robson Arms.

In the series premiere Scorpio (Friday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET), Ed Lanes the best sniper and the toughest cop on SRU Team One. So when an enraged gunman takes a hostage in a public square at rush hour, its Ed who ends up in position to take the lethal shot from a nearby rooftop. Parker struggles to pacify the volatile gunman, but the situation escalates when it looks like hes about to kill again.

In the second episode entitled First in Line (Friday, July 18 at 10 p.m. ET), Jack Swansons (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors) teenaged daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is told that a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital, only to find the hearts been allocated to someone else a bureaucratic screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a policemans gun on a surgical team, forcing Ed and Jules to face the chilling possibility of a lethal solution.

Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television. The series was co-created and written by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos serve as executive producers. Tassie Cameron is co-executive producer and head writer. Louise Clark and Virginia Rankin are the CTV production executives working with the series. Louise Clark is Vice-President, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. Alchemy TV and Tele Munchen are the international distributors.