Rookie Blue

Global Television announced today that its perennial fan favourite, Rookie Blue will return for a third season, in simulcast with ABC on Thursday, May 24th – 10pm ET/PT.

The rookies may appear to be better on the job, but there’ll be plenty of “bumps in the road” this season to make their lives difficult and the plots interesting.

The iconic and irrepressible William Shatner will guest star in the opening episode playing Henry McLeod, a belligerent drunk driver with a haunting secret – and with a serious grudge against the police.

Plus, the rookies of 15 Division, Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) and Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), will have to contend with someone even “greener” than they are – ex-soldier Nick Collins (Peter Mooney – Camelot, Murdoch Mysteries).

“Rookie Blue has become Canada’s biggest home-grown drama without question,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “Not only is it drawing huge audiences on both sides of the border, but it’s attracting high calibre talent like William Shatner.”

For season three, the rookies are learning that experience isn’t everything and that the boundaries between who they are as cops and who they are as people are not as black and white as they once believed.

This original series was developed by ICF Films Inc. (formerly Thump Inc.) and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor, Entertainment One (eOne). Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint), Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings), Noreen Halpern (Hung, Call Me Fitz), John Morayniss (The Firm, Haven) and David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings).

Boasting a robust collection of dynamic hit original programs including Lost Girl, Rookie Blue and Bomb Girls, Shaw Media is proud to present another homegrown series, Out of Time – a one-hour, futuristic, procedural police drama.

Out of Time focuses on Kyra Cameron, a regular cop from the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. Produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., the 10-episode series is set to air on Showcase in spring 2012.

Kyra is alone, in a strange land, in pursuit of nine of the most ruthless criminals from the year 2077 after they managed to escape execution through a rift in time. Armed with advanced technology, her most powerful weapon – a multi-tasking wearable second skin that doubles as a communication device – is malfunctioning.

As Kyra calls for backup on her suit’s command frequency, Alex Sadler – a current-day tech genius – hears her call. Kyra wants to get home but first she must use the resources available to track and capture these terrorists before they alter history, changing the course of the future forever.

“Set in a contemporary world visualized through the eyes of a character from the future, Out of Time will have the depth, imagination and cinematic quality that viewers have come to expect from Shaw Media’s original series,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “Commissioning Out of Time is another demonstration of our commitment to producing content that positions us as a leader in delivering top-notch original dramatic entertainment.”

Out Of Time is produced by Reunion Pictures Inc. in association with Shaw Media. The series was developed by Executive Producer and Creator Simon Barry, along with Jeff King, Tom Rowe and Patrick Williams who are also Executive Producers on the project. GK-TV is handling the international sale of the series.

Production on Out of Time is set to begin in Vancouver in January 2012. Casting details to be announced.

Thursday, September 8 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Andy blames herself for Swarek’s mysterious disappearance and struggles to find a lead in the case. Meanwhile, shocking events triggered by the investigation incriminates one of their own and could put an end to Andy’s career.

Thursday, September 8 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The rookies hunt down a vigilante impersonating an officer after Gail’s uniform is stolen. A drug deal gone awry offers clues as Chris and Dov unravel the motive behind the cop masquerade. Meanwhile, Andy and Sam’s forbidden romance threatens his entire undercover operation.

William Shatner has booked himself a gig on Canadian series Rookie Blue.

The veteran Canadian actor has signed on to play the role of “a very drunk driver” on the season three premiere of Global’s cop series.

Executive producer Tassie Cameron says Shatner’s role will start “comic and ends dramatic, so we’re hoping it gives him a chance to do what he does so well. He’s got such great range”.

“We’re all really excited that he said yes,” says Cameron, adding that one Blue regular is especially giddy about the casting coup. “Gregory Smith, I think, is more excited about this than he is about any actor he’s ever worked with.”

Production on season three is currently underway in Toronto.

Source: TVline

Thursday, September 1 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Andy, Dov and Traci are tested with a challenging undercover training exercise, but things go awry when Andy and Traci encounter Swarek on his own undercover operation. Meanwhile, Dov faces a choice that could threaten his career

Thursday, August 25 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

While pursuing a kidnapper, Andy and Swarek come upon a terrible accident with a woman pinned in her car. While Swarek tracks the missing child and his kidnapper, Andy stays with the critically injured woman. Meanwhile, Chris and Dov come to blows over an indiscretion involving Gail.

Thursday, August 4 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

The Rookies investigate two crimes with eerie similarities. Meanwhile, Andy finds herself in jeopardy when she goes solo to defend Luke’s hunch on both investigations.

Thursday, July 28 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

The Division is under pressure to solve a murder case involving a police informant when Gail’s mother, Superintendent Elaine Peck (guest star Lauren Holly), arrives on the scene to assist. Stressed out by her mother’s presence, Gail protects the only known witness to the crime, an eight year-old boy with a secret of his own. Meanwhile, Det. Rosati reveals news that could put Andy’s relationship with Luke in jeopardy.

Based on the success of Rookie Blue’s sophomore season, Global Television and ABC have renewed this perennial fan favourite once again. Development on the third season of this original series is now underway, with production slated to begin later this summer in Toronto.

“Rookie Blue is a proven hit on both sides of the border, and we’re proud to announce its renewal alongside ABC,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “This drama is a stand-out performer with viewers and critics alike. We look forward to bringing fans more of the compelling characters and storylines that have made this show such a knock-out success.”

Following a record-breaking inaugural season last summer, Rookie Blue returned with solid ratings when it premiered on June 23. With 1.5 million fans (Ind. 2+, national) tuning into its season two opener, this bullet-proof series is Thursday night’s #1 drama (Ind. 2+ and A18-49).

For ABC, Rookie Blue ranks #1 Thursday nights in the 10pm hour for Adults 18-49 this summer.

Rookie Blue continues to follow five young and ambitious rookie cops – Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) and Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) – as they navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives. This season, the rookies are just beginning to realize that when it comes to getting good at this job, there are no shortcuts. And when you’re a rookie officer, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

This original series was developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor, Entertainment One (eOne). Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint), Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings), Noreen Halpern (Hung, Call Me Fitz), John Morayniss (The Firm, Haven) and David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings).

Season two currently airs Thursdays – 10pm ET/PT on Global and ABC. In this week’s episode (“Heart & Sparks” – Thursday, July 14), the officers at 15 Division try to recover from Luke’s shooting and investigate a series of arsons that culminate in the torching of a laundromat. As the list of suspects grows, Chris and Gail take to the streets and encounter a man from Chris’s past, and Traci interrogates a young firebug found at the arson scene. Meanwhile, Andy’s effort to stop a grieving widow from entering the burnt-out laundromat results in the two women being trapped in the unstable building. What seems like a straightforward case of arson soon becomes something much bigger.

Previous episodes of Rookie Blue are available on or on the Global Video App, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or on demand through cable and satellite providers across the country.

Source:  BBM Canada PPM Data – based on confirmed and overnight data AMA(000), (June 23 – July 7, 2011), 3+ airings, Total Canada