CTV Orders New Drama Series The Bridge

From a media release:

CTV Crosses THE BRIDGE: New Drama Series Joins CTV’s Original Production Slate

  • Compelling and provocative cop drama executive-produced by Toronto Police veteran Craig Bromell

CTV announced today the order of a new one-hour original Canadian drama series, THE BRIDGE. Based on the insights of veteran insider and outspoken former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, CTV has ordered 11, one-hour episodes, following the production of a two-hour pilot shot in Toronto last summer. THE BRIDGE provides an unflinching look at the struggle street cops face as they not only battle criminals – but also their own bosses – in order to protect society and, ultimately, themselves.

Produced by Barna-Alper Productions, an Entertainment One company, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company and Jonsworth Productions, in association with CTV, production of THE BRIDGE is scheduled to begin in 2009.

THE BRIDGE becomes the third, new original drama series to be ordered by CTV in the last year, joining last summer’s breakout hit FLASHPOINT and THE LISTENER, currently in production.

“Craig Bromell is one of the most galvanizing figures in the history of policing in Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “We look forward to working with him on THE BRIDGE, and bringing to Canadian audiences a distinct and authentic view of life behind the scenes of a modern police force.”

“We set out to make the most realistic two-hour movie drama about cops ever seen on TV, and it has paid off,” said Craig Bromell, Executive Producer, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company. “We expose the inner workings of a big city police force – the police, power and politics behind the blue line. It’s something that hasn’t been seen before on TV, and we’re grateful to CTV for this opportunity. We’re looking forward to collaborating with Alan Di Fiore to create even more compelling, hard-hitting storylines for the series.”

“We are very excited to be able to bring to our new company this gritty, realistic series that is brought to life by Alan Di Fiore and produced by CTV,” said Laszlo Barna, Executive Producer, Barna-Alper Productions, an
Entertainment One company.

Written by five-time Gemini Award winner and six-time nominee Alan Di Fiore (DA VINCI’S INQUEST, THE LIFE, THE HANDLER), THE BRIDGE peels away the veneer of a big-city Canadian police force to reveal the political machinations underneath. After the rank and file unanimously vote street cop Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas) into office as union head, he begins his quest to put street cops first and clean up the force from the ground up.

But the old boys’ network running the police force and the city’s self-serving politicians are not about to sit idly by while a former street cop makes up his own rules. Frank walks a thin blue line as he battles wiretaps and a concerted campaign to bring him down, letting nothing stop him from fulfilling his unwavering vow that when cops are in trouble, the union will be there.

THE BRIDGE stars Aaron Douglas (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, SMALLVILLE) as outspoken union head Frank Leo; Paul Popowich (ANGELA’S EYES, I ME WED) as Frank’s partner and confidante Tommy Dunn; Gemini Award nominee Inga Cadranel (RENT-A-GOALIE, MVP) as Jill, the free-spirited cop on the force; Frank Cassini (Vice, INTELLIGENCE) as Staff Sergeant Bernie Kantor; Theresa Joy (ALL THE GOOD ONES ARE MARRIED, Sixty Days) as feisty tomboy Police Constable Billy; Ona Grauer (STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS) as beautiful, passionate prosecutor Abby St. James; Michael Murphy (Away from Her, X-Men: The Last Stand) as Chief of Police, and political animal, Ed Wycoff; and two-time Emmy Award winner Stuart Margolin (THE ROCKFORD FILES, TOM STONE) as Frank’s father, Vic Leo.

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12 thoughts on “CTV Orders New Drama Series The Bridge”

  1. I watch both Flashpoint and The Listener religiously.They are both excellent series, and I love the fact ,that they do not hide the fact that they are filmed in Toronto.They are both excellent series. and I look forward to the Bridge as well.I worked for TPS for 31+ years as a Special Constable,and look forward to This new Show …Laurels to the crew Filming all of these 3 crews and to Craig Bromell for writing His own and other officers stories

  2. I would really like to see Flashpoint return. Loved that show. Will it becoming back ?
    We will watch the Bridge on Friday.

  3. I really enjoy Flashpoint and hope the Bridge will be as good a quality. However, I was disappointed in the scene where the priest will not bury the suicide officer. The research for this was very poor. This has not been the position of the catholic church for decades. The old consecrated ground thing is old hat and no longer true. It affect the credibility of the show and was a foolish mistake. Of course they couldn’t have blackmailed the priest otherwise, could they?

    A simple phone call to any Diocesan office could have verified their facts.

  4. Totally love both The Bridge and Flashpoint. Please keep both of these shows on CTV.
    Was The Bridge filmed in Toronto or Calgary?? Some background shots look so familiar>

  5. Nothing has been done to visually disguise the fact the show is filmed in Toronto, not to mention verbal references to the “Parkway” and the “401 out by the airport” …. why must the officers wear an American uniform? Cudos to Flashpoint.

    In episode 2, Tommy moved very spryly for a recent amputee!

  6. I love the Bridge. Its across the street from work. I encourage all my friends to watch it. It’s drama, excitement and depth – yet another Canadian accomplishment!

  7. Dad is a retired OPP and loves the show!!! it was on Friday nights.. Where did it go???? and if it is coming back!!!! Do we get a new season????? Please let me know????

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