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Production underway on fourth and final season of 19-2

From a media release:

Bravo announced today that production has begun on Season 4 of its hit original drama 19-2. Set to return to Bravo in 2017 for its final season, the eight-episode, hour-long drama, co-produced by Montréal’s Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media, films on location in Montréal until mid-December.

Season 4 finds the squad facing an eruption of events that force them together in the face of tragedy – the death of Nick’s sister, and Ben’s lover, Amelie. It is a season of personal growth and professional trials with beat partners Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) and Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) and the rest of the cops in 19 fighting corruption and seeking revenge.

Writers Bruce Smith (CRACKED), Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (CALL ME FITZ), Lynne Kamm (8 Count) return, with Jackie May (Van Helsing) and Greg Nelson (SAVING HOPE) joining the writer’s room this season. Louis Choquette (THIS LIFE, VERSAILLES) and Sturla Gunnarsson (MOTIVE) return to direct.


Winner of three, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Drama, 19-2 continues to rack up the accolades having been cited as a series that “defies expectations” by the New York Times, and “exciting” by the Wall Street Journal.

19-2 is co-produced by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media, and also stars CSA-nominee and Gemeaux winner Laurence Lebeouf (MARCHE À L’OMBRE) as fiery officer Audrey Pouliot; CSA nominee Dan Petronijevic (SAVING HOPE) as angry beat-cop J.M.; CSA nominee Benz Antoine (THE LISTENER) as struggling alcoholic officer Tyler; Mylène Dinh-Robic (THE LISTENER) as Tyler’s brazen, no-nonsense partner Béatrice; Bruce Ramsay (CONTINUUM) as manipulative District Commander Marcel Gendron; and Alexander De Jordy (LETTERKENNY) as rookie cop Richard Dulac. CSA nominee Maxim Roy (SHADOWHUNTERS) returns to guest star as Nick’s ex-wife Isabelle.


19-2 closes out Season 3 with conflict and a cliffhanger

Season 3 of 19-2 has been energetic, dramatic and harrowing. There’s been an awful lot of the third thanks to Amelie’s exit, Tyler’s alcoholism, Audrey’s anger-filled past, Isabelle’s transfer and J.M.’s assaults on Justine.

Last Monday’s episode, “Gone,” culminated in a rift between Ben and Nick, with the former announcing to the latter he was transferring to the SQ in Morin Heights to escape the 19. We also know that, because Frank has agreed to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter rather than murder, Ben is looking to dole out his own frontier justice. Will 19-2‘s by-the-book cop put his career on the line to avenge Amelie’s death?

Here’s what Bravo’s official episode synopsis says about “Water,” the Season 3 finale:

Denied justice, Ben sees an opportunity to take his own revenge. Watching Ben spiral out of control, Nick makes a desperate attempt the save his partner. As her case against Ciarelli falls apart, Elise takes extraordinary measures. Nick and Ben confront each other over what they’ve done, and discover the truth of what happened to the woman they loved.

And here’s what we can tell you after watching the episode.


Ben’s gamble
The above image shows just how desperate Ben is to get all the information he can on Frank. Skulking around in the shadows? That’s not the Ben Chartier we’ve been cheering for three seasons. Seeing him like this left an awful feeling in our stomachs, and—sorry 19-2 fans—there’s no light at the end of this tunnel.

The Ciarelli case goes in another direction
An extreme act by Charlie Figo has Elise flummoxed, and—after what happened to Amelie and Martine—reconsidering the actions she’s taken to try to have Ciarelli incarcerated … and what line she’ll cross to make things right.

Isabelle returns
Maxim Roy teased Isabelle would re-appear in Episode 10, and she wasn’t kidding. We can’t say anything regarding the circumstances, but it’s a big deal.

The cast brings their A-game
19-2‘s cast is simply incredible week to week, but the season finale offers truly gifted scenes. Jared Keeso puts in a standout performance not only in the spots where he has lines, but those ones when nothing is said. Ditto for Dan Petronijevic, who deserves a damned Canadian Screen Award for his portrayal of J.M. not only for the finale, but for this season overall.

Let me know what you think of 19-2‘s third season finale by commenting below or @tv_eh.


Tattiawna Jones talks Amelie’s journey on 19-2

It seems like no one on 19-2 is allowed to have nice things. After Ben Chartier revealed his secret spot away from the world to Amelie De Grace (Tattiawna Jones) and she recently saying “I love you” to him, her life was cut short. In typical brutal 19-2 fashion, Amelie died violently at the hands of Frank Ferney (Spiro Malandrakis), a recovering drug addict who blamed social worker Amelie for him not being able to foster his niece, Martine.

Now, with 19-2‘s season finale around the corner, we spoke to Jones about her role, her experience on the gritty Bravo drama … and her stand-up career.

Congratulations on your portrayal of Amelie. Sadly, I’m talking to you because she is no more. How did you find out? Did showrunner Bruce Smith call to tell you the news?
Tattiawna Jones: He did, and he was really great about it. I can’t imagine it was a fun call for him to make. ‘Hi, um, you’re getting fired and this is how it happens.’ [Laughs.] It wasn’t like that at all. He was so lovely and the 19-2 family is a group of artists that are there wanting to tell a good story. He said, ‘Amelie is going to meet her end, and this is how it’s going to happen and how it works into the story.’ I was super-excited and thought it was unbelievable. No one was going to see it coming. It gives 19-2 heart. It’s such a personal show and a personal story. Amelie dying in that way makes it even more personal. When I read the script, I’d felt like I had lost someone and that’s how I do feel when I watch 19-2.

I love to do action stuff, so the stunts were really fun and my screen partner was super-fantastic. In between action and cut was as terrifying as it should be.

Fans certainly didn’t see it coming.
I think it speaks to the courage of the writers. It’s something that I had overlooked as an actor; the people who live through these characters first are the writers. I got Amelie as a toddler and was able to grow her up a bit. The writers have to live through this first and are blamed [when something bad happens]. If a writer has the courage to do something like that for the sake of the story, they should be commended for it. That’s how I felt when Bruce called me up and when I saw [writer] Lynne [Kamm] on the set. It’s bravery to take people by surprise.


What about working with Spiro? Did you talk about the scene in advance? He had a tough job to do too.
He had a really tough job and I’m glad you said that. People often think the victim in the partnership has the tough job but his character is the abuser in this case and that is a tough job. You’re into all kinds of politics with our characters: man and woman, race politics, all kinds of politics at work. The writers want people to think and to look at their own sensibilities. We didn’t talk about it beforehand. We got on-set and are relative newbies in the stand-up comedy world, so we were talking about that beforehand. He was a pro and I never felt unsafe.

Did you do research in preparation for playing Amelie? Did you speak to social workers?
I did. Lynne really helped out a lot and gave me a bunch of information. I spoke to a couple of people that I knew, did some Googling. You have to do research if you’re going to play any kind of public servant.

It’s a tough job.
Oh my God, I couldn’t do it. I could never, never do it. I cannot believe the kinds of things these people go through. But also, it’s a thankless job. These people are underpaid and get no accolades and yet are doing good work at the ground level day in and day out. There are selfless and want something better for someone else.

What did you learn about your time on 19-2?
I learned a lot about how to make a really great piece of art and not let money stop that.

I have to ask you about your stand-up career. What’s the status of that?
It’s sitting at home. I’m scared to go back and work on it. I’m at the stage where I have a ton of material written and now it’s up to me to go to an open mike and go on at one or two in the morning like any other comedian ever in the history of comedians has and earn it.

Is stand-up something you’ve always wanted to do?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and been afraid to do. I’m kind of good enough at it that when I’m with my friends, but I’m not that good at it as a profession because I haven’t put the work in. Now I’m putting the work in and learning about the craft of stand-up comedy.

19-2‘s season finale airs Monday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.



Investigations and more secrets on 19-2

Ben may have told Nick to walk away from the investigation into Kaz’s death, but we knew Nick would ignore his partner. Far from trusting anyone to find his cousin’s death, Nick does some digging on his own, uncovering plenty of secrets during “Rescue,” Monday’s new episode.

Nick investigates Kaz’s murder
Adrian Holmes deserves applause for his portrayal of Nick in the opening moments of “Rescue.” He’s literally haunted by his cousin’s death—there’s an all-to-brief scene in the home where the body was found—followed by him observing people laughing and playing in the sunshine while he, dressed in the black of mourning, aimlessly wanders the neighbourhood. That leads to him being introduced to Martine, a teenager stuck in the child welfare system, and a potential witness in Kaz’s disappearance. The only issue? Martine will work any angle to get out of her group home.


Tyler struggles with sobriety
The affable, likeable Tyler—who has been off booze for months now—makes one little post-workout mistake that sends him into a spiral, culminating in a truly sad sequence of events. The scenes prove how difficult it is to shake addiction without help.

Ben is … happy?
Chartier’s work-life balance seems to be perfect. This being 19-2, I don’t expect that to last.

Audrey & the Rookie vs. bike thieves
The bad guys never stood a chance.

19-2 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.