The Bridge

CTV announced today it is moving forward on the development of new projects from producer Craig Bromell, actor Aaron Douglas and Entertainment One (eOne).

The re-focusing comes as CTV, Bromell and eOne have mutually agreed not to proceed with a second season of THE BRIDGE, as previously announced.

“Our focus is on the future,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “We look forward to building upon the relationships we’ve developed on THE BRIDGE with Craig, Aaron and eOne.”

“We have had a tremendous run,” said Executive Producer Craig Bromell. “I am very thankful for having had the chance to work with so many talented people behind and in front of the camera. We could not bring all of the necessary elements together to create a successful second season. CTV has been so supportive throughout the life of the show and I look forward to working with them on other ideas.”

Bromell and CTV are developing a project following the intense and complex personal and professional lives of a police drug squad. In addition, CTV has also forged an on-going creative relationship with actor Aaron Douglas through a non-exclusive development deal. Additionally, CTV is developing a character-driven legal drama with eOne and writer Pam Davis (FLASHPOINT, HOUSE).

The announcement follows CTV’s December announcement of the pick-ups of pilots for two, new one-hour dramas: SAVING HOPE, from the acclaimed Gemini award-winning producer Ilana Frank (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, OF MURDER AND MEMORY, ROOKIE BLUE) and writer Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE); and STAY WITH ME, from the celebrated Gemini award-winning producing team of writer Suzette Couture and Pierre Sarrazin from Sarrazin Couture Entertainment (THE MAN WHO LOST HIMSELF). Production on both is expected to begin this Spring. Also announced in December was the new one-hour drama HIGHLAND GARDENS (working title), from the internationally acclaimed and Gemini Award-winning Epitome Pictures producing team of Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn (DEGRASSI), and writer Martin Gero (BORED TO DEATH ,Young People F*cking).

CBS has reportedly axed Canadian cop drama The Bridge after screening only three episodes.

Poor ratings are said to be the issue for the network, with the new show struggling to pull viewers.

The Bridge’s latest episode pulled only 2.8m viewers, with only 426,000 of those under 50.

It is believed the show will be replaced by repeats of other crime drama series, kicking off with Cold Case.

Source: Digital Spy

 

Following one of its most successful seasons ever for original Canadian programming, CTV unveiled today its 2010-2011 Canadian television package.

The network has renewed its entire scripted slate of five original series, ordered a new daytime series, and confirmed the premiere date for its award-winning Top 20 hit dance competition series.

Delivering more viewers to Canadian programming than any other network, the roster of original programming totals nearly 100 hours of prime-time Canadian programming on CTV alone during the 2010-2011 season.

“In a challenging year, the creativity didn’t stop at CTV,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Never before have we had such a strong slate of original programming in all genres, making it an easy decision to renew. We are excited to be working with Bob Greenblatt on the provocative new drama THE BORGIAS and can’t wait to welcome Marilyn Denis back to television with her new daytime series.”

With the majority of the original productions due to go into production this summer, CTV’s original series will premiere throughout the network’s 52-week schedule in 2010/2011. However, CTV confirmed today THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, a new daytime series starring Gemini Award-winner and CHUM FM personality Marilyn Denis, premieres this fall. The series airs daily at 10 a.m. following LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY and prior to THE VIEW, providing an uninterrupted flow of live programming on CTV each day from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“I am so happy that people are finally going to stop asking when we’re going to be back on TV,” said Denis. “We’re back this fall! It’s going to be a show about life and fun and friends and we can’t wait to get started.”

Also new this season is the international co-production THE BORGIAS, powered by some of Canada’s most accomplished creative talent, including director Jeremy Podeswa, director of photography Paul Sarossy, and production designer François Seguin. Colm Feore co-stars as Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere while hot, young Quebec star François Arnaud (I Killed My Mother) plays Cesare Borgia, Rodrigo Borgia’s (Jeremy Irons) ruthless son.

CTV also confirmed today that its Gemini Award-winning dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA returns for its third season August 15. A Top 15 hit for Females 18-34 last fall, DANCE CANADA increased upon its Season 1 audience by 11% and won its timeslot in female demos in Season 2. Additionally, CTV’s award-winning stand-up comedy showcase COMEDY NOW! returns for an incredible 13th season.

Original Scripted Series Ordered by CTV:

FLASHPOINT (Season 4) – Canada’s most-watched original drama, which was a Top 20 hit out of simulcast last fall averaging 1.8 million viewers and consistently ranking as the most-watched program every Friday night. Season 4 has been ordered in advance of the Season 3 broadcast.

THE BRIDGE (Season 2) – Canada’s #1 new Canadian drama series, which finished its first season with an average audience of one million viewers.

HICCUPS and DAN FOR MAYOR (Season 2) – The #1 and #2 new comedies of the year, Canadian or American, have almost doubled the average audience of MODERN FAMILY.

THE LISTENER (Season 2) – Currently in pre-production, the international hit series premiered to more than one million viewers last summer.

Also to note, the international phenomenon DEGRASSI moves to MuchMusic for a 10th season incredible season, featuring 48 all-new episodes; SPACE premieres its new scripted flagship horror-comedy series TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL; and MuchMore debuts its new heavy metal documentary series METAL EVOLUTION: THE SERIES.

Meanwhile, CTV’s award-winning specials continue in 2010/2011. Returning for its 10th anniversary broadcast on CTV is THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, celebrating its 40th Anniversary live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Honouring Canadian literature, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE returns in November, while CTV once again broadcasts Free The Children’s WE DAY events in Toronto and Vancouver.

CTV also confirmed that Canada’s #1 Canadian entertainment program, ETALK, returns for its 9th season, while Canada’s #1 current affairs program, W5 returns for its record-breaking 45th anniversary season.

 

Building on exceptional year over year growth, CTV.ca has marked new highs in online video viewership in the 2009/2010 broadcast year.

Overall, CTV.ca has served up more than 138.7 million video views, up 55.5% over last season.

Once again, CTV.ca sees more video viewers than any other Canadian broadcaster.

Online ratings winners this season include THE AMAZING RACE with 54% more streams than last season, GREY’S ANATOMY with 33.3%, and the final season of LOST, which saw a 53% increase year over year.**

“Last year, this summer, and always, CTV.ca has the best shows from the television schedule in the Video Player, supported by an interactive and increasingly community focused interface,” said Alon Marcovici, Vice-President of Digital Media, CTV Inc. “By extending the broadcast experience, adding layers and depth to the user interface, CTV.ca has built a strong and growing online audience.”

CTV.ca contains a wealth of full-length video, ranging from hit primetime fare such as THE MENTALIST, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, DAN FOR MAYOR, HICCUPS and THE BRIDGE, to late-night programming like THE COLBERT REPORT and THE DAILY SHOW. Plus, fans can catch up on informative and entertaining daytime shows like DR. OZ, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and ALL MY CHILDREN. In total, more than 14,000 hours of on-demand content is available on the CTV Video Player.

Other video highlights from the 2009-2010 season include the live and on demand streaming of key Canadian cultural and humanitarian events, for example: WE DAY Vancouver and Toronto; select conversations from the 2009 VANCOUVER PEACE SUMMIT: Dialogues with Nobel Laureates with His Holiness The Dalai Lama; THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE award ceremony; and the CANADA FOR HAITI benefit telethon.

CTVglobemedia delivers more online video than all competitors combined, and three times more than its closest competitor.*

 

10:00pm – Friday, May 21 on CTV

Frank (Aaron Douglas) and the other close members of his team are brutally attacked in a burst of seemingly random acts of violence.

The #1 new Canadian drama of the year locks things up in the season finale of THE BRIDGE this Friday, May 21 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV following the season finales of GHOST WHISPERER at 8 p.m. ET and MEDIUM at 9 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca  to confirm local broadcast times).

With union leader Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas) and his team under siege by mysterious attackers, he ultimately decides to do whatever it takes to bring them down and protect those around him. The season finale guest stars well-known Canadian actress Wendy Crewson (24) as Mayor Kennedy.

Before the finale, viewers can catch up with previous episodes of THE BRIDGE on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. The full season of THE BRIDGE will be available on the CTV Video Player through the summer.

Aaron Douglas stars as Frank Leo during the season finale of THE BRIDGE

After premiering just following the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Games, THE BRIDGE quickly became a fan favourite, making it the #1 new Canadian drama of the season. With an average audience of more than one million viewers since its series premiere (1.01 million), THE BRIDGE consistently wins its 10 p.m. timeslot Friday night on CTV. THE BRIDGE has also found an online audience with almost 350,000 video views each month.

In the season finale, entitled “Chain of Fools” (Friday, May 21 at 10 p.m. ET), Frank (Aaron Douglas) and his team find themselves mysteriously under siege by a team of faceless attackers, leading Frank to quickly set up a war room at Rabbi’s bar to keep his friends safe. After devising a plan to strike back, and a life and death car chase, Frank must decide who to trust – the Chief (Michael Murphy), the Mayor (guest star Wendy Crewson), or the Russian Mob boss whose son Frank put in prison. Ultimately, Frank realizes that the enemies coming after him are part of a much wider, more deadly conspiracy, and he makes a deal with the devil to bring them down. The episode culminates in an unforgettable sequence between Frank Leo and unknown assailants, which is inspired by Steve McQueen’s famous car chase in the 1968 feature film Bullitt.

10:00pm – Friday, May 14 on CTV

Frank (Aaron Douglas) fights to clear a female cop accused of spying on her fellow officers for a notorious street gang.

10:00pm – Friday, May 7 on CTV

After a roadside ambush kills his partner, an officer sets out to take revenge. Before he destroys his life and career, Frank (Aaron Douglas) must stop him.

10:00pm – Friday, April 30 on CTV

Frank (Aaron Douglas) has to deal with an explosive situation between two cops when one of them abandons the other in a dangerous ambush.

10:00pm – Friday, April 23 on CTV

Answering a call for “officer down,” Frank (Aaron Douglas) discovers the victim is not a cop but a prostitute dressed as a cop. Investigating further, Frank uncovers an escort ring run by a ruthless vice cop.