King

Detective Sergeant, Jessica King and her major crimes task force kick-start the New Year on Global Television. Viewers can catch up on season one of the Canadian police drama, KING, Fridays at 10pm ET beginning January 6 on Global in advance of the much-anticipated Showcase season two premiere on February 29 at 9pm ET/PT.

In season one, “Detective Sergeant Derek Spears” (Alan Van Sprang; The Tudors, Cra$h & Burn) has a public, televised meltdown, and “Jessica King” (Amy Price- Francis; The Cleaner, 24, Grey’s Anatomy) is called upon to take leadership of the Major Crimes Task Force – a police squad that is parachuted in to take over cases in crisis. King has survived eight years in Homicide, two marriages and multiple stab wounds. But leading the M.C.T.F. has its consequences and Jess struggled to find a balance between solving cases and family plans.

Season one also features leads Gabriel Hogan (Heartland, The Kennedys) as King’s husband “Danny Sless” and Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn) as Chief of Police “Peter Graci.”

Joining returning leads Price-Francis, Van Sprang, Hogan and Nardi in season two is an exciting new cast featuring Rossif Sutherland (ER, The Con Artist), Karen Robinson (Lars and the Real Girl) and Romina D’Ugo (Degrassi Goes Hollywood, Turn the Beat Around).

Looking ahead to season two on Showcase, King must meet the challenge of each case while juggling her pregnancy, her husband’s gambling and the changing dynamics of her team. She is firmly in control of the M.C.T.F. and rebuilding the team according to her style and her needs. They include “Martin Carr” (Sutherland), a hot shot from the Spin Unit who challenges King on personal and professional levels; “Ingrid Evans” (Robinson), one of Organized Crime’s most experienced players whose sarcastic wit and sense of humour can only be matched by King and “Alessandra Taylor” (D’Ugo), Danny’s young new partner. These new team members will inevitably shake things up and Spears will have to adjust if he wants to stay relevant.

King is developed by Indian Grove Productions in association with Shaw Media (removed Showcase). Executive Producers and series creators are Bernard Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood.

Indian Grove Productions, in association with Shaw Media, announced today that principal photography is underway for season two of the character-driven police drama series, King.

Thirteen one-hour episodes will be filmed at a west-end Toronto soundstage and on location in and around the city until March 15, 2012. Season two is expected to premiere on Showcase this winter (2012).

Amy Price-Francis (The Cleaner, 24, and most recently, Grey’s Anatomy) reprises her role as “Jessica King,” a charismatic but flawed female cop and lead investigator of the Major Crimes Task Force (M.C.T.F.). Gabriel Hogan (Heartland, The Kennedys) returns as King’s husband, Police Constable “Danny Sless”. Other returning cast members include Alan Van Sprang (The Tudors, Cra$h & Burn) as Detective Sergeant “Derek Spears” – former head of the M.C.T.F. and two-time Genie Award winner Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn) as Police Chief “Peter Graci”.

In season one, Spears has a public, televised meltdown, and King is called upon to take leadership of the Major Crimes Task Force – a police squad that is parachuted in to take over cases in crisis. King has survived eight years in Homicide, two marriages and multiple stab wounds. But leading the M.C.T.F. has its consequences and Jess struggled to find a balance solving cases and her plans to start a family.

In season two, King must meet the challenge of each case while juggling her pregnancy, her husband’s gambling and the changing dynamics of her team. She is firmly in control of the M.C.T.F. and rebuilding the team according to her style and her needs. They include “Martin Carr” (Rossif Sutherland; ER, The Con Artist), a hot shot from the Spin Unit who challenges King on personal and professional levels; “Ingrid Evans” (Karen Robinson; Lars and the Real Girl), one of Organized Crime’s most experienced players who’s sarcastic wit and sense of humour can only be matched by King and “Alessandra Taylor” (Romina D’Ugo; Degrassi Goes Hollywood, Turn the Beat Around), Danny’s young new partner. These new team members will inevitably shake things up and Spears will have to adjust if he wants to stay relevant.

King has been sold to four continents including the major European territories of Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

King is developed by Indian Grove Productions in association with Shaw Media and Showcase. Executive Producers and series creators are Bernard Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood.

Showcase, in association with Indian Grove Productions, announced today that Rossif Sutherland (ER, The Con Artist) has joined the second season of the hit series, King.

Sutherland’s character will work alongside Lead Investigator Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis; The Cleaner, 24) and Detective Sergeant Derek Spears (Alan Van Sprang; The Tudors, Cra$h & Burn) on Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force. King, a Showcase original series, returns to the schedule Winter 2012.

Last season, Jessica King, a seasoned police officer turned lead investigator for Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force – a police unit equipped to handle the city’s toughest cases – struggled to gain the respect of her team and keep her marriage to Danny (Gabriel Hogan; Heartland, The Kennedys) intact.   This season, Jess must meet the challenge of each case while juggling her pregnancy, her husband’s gambling and the changing dynamics of the team.

King also stars two-time Genie Award winner Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn) as Police Chief Peter Graci.

King is produced by Indian Grove Productions, in association with Shaw Media, and is filmed on set and on location in and around Toronto.

Amy Price-Francis (The Cleaner, 24, Californication) stars as Jessica King in King, the Canadian original cop drama about a seasoned police officer turned lead investigator for Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force. King features eight hour-long episodes premiering Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on Showcase.

When Detective Sergeant Derek Spears (Alan Van Sprang; The Tudors, Cra$h & Burn) has a televised meltdown, Jessica King is called in to lead the Major Crimes Task Force – a police division equipped to handle the city’s toughest cases. Surviving eight years in Homicide, two marriages and multiple stab wounds, King is primed for any challenge, except when it comes to passing up a good shoe sale. 

“We know that strong, striking female characters resonate with audiences, and Amy Price-Francis’ portrayal of Jessica King embodies that tradition of a brash, multi-dimension female lead. Her undeniably magnetic performance will have Showcase viewers hooked,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.

“Jessica King is disarmingly honest. Unapologetic about her femininity, she is also very smart and wickedly funny,” commented Greg Spottiswood, Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer. “There is nothing traditional about her. She is drawn to police work but questions whether that life is compatible with her dream of a child and family. Can she have it all?”

King also stars Gabriel Hogan (Heartland, The Kennedys) as Danny Sless, Jessica’s third husband and fellow police officer, and two-time Genie Award winner Tony Nardi as Police Chief Peter Graci. Suzanne Coy (Dan for Mayor) plays Eleni Demaris, Jessica’s trusted subordinate, Zoe Doyle (The Border) as Det. MK Gordon, and ACTRA Award winner Aaron Poole (Cra$h & Burn) as Det. Jason Collier round out the stellar cast.

The series was co-created and is executive produced by six-time Gemini Award-winning producer Bernard Zukerman (Love and Hate, Million Dollar Babies) and award-winning screenwriter Greg Spottiswood (Shattered). Emmy Award®-nominated director Clark Johnson (The Wire, The Shield) directed the first two episodes.

King is produced by Indian Grove Productions, in association with Shaw Media, and was filmed on set and on location in and around Toronto.