Flashpoint returns to CTV Jan. 9

From a media release:

New Episodes of Hit Series FLASHPOINT Explode onto CTV January 9

  • CTV’s summer hit series highlights midseason schedule
  • Colm Feore and Wendy Crewson guest star in next new episode
  • Catch up on previous episodes at CTV.ca and on iTunes

FLASHPOINT, the hit CTV original series that climbed to the height of the ratings charts in both Canada and the U.S. this past summer, returns to the CTV schedule this winter on Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The return of the Canadian series will provide a lead-in to the series premiere of Stephen Bocho’s new legal drama RAISING THE BAR at 10 p.m. ET. Visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times and catch up on demand on previously aired FLASHPOINT episodes. Production of the new episodes begins in January in Toronto. Colm Feore (TRUDEAU, Paycheck) and Wendy Crewson (REGENESIS, HUNT FOR JUSTICE) guest star in the next new episode (Jan. 9), joining series regulars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau.

FLASHPOINT’s success is the culmination of a three-year process that began with CTV’s Writer’s-Only Development Program in 2005. With an average audience of 1.2 million viewers in Canada and 8 million viewers in the U.S. since debuting No.1 on both CTV and CBS this past summer, FLASHPOINT is the first series since CTV’s DUE SOUTH to air in network primetime in both Canada and the United States. This past August, CTV announced that it would order 13 more episodes of the hit series before bumping the order to 18. Three weeks later, CBS announced their renewal of FLASHPOINT in the U.S. as well.

“FLASHPOINT has been one of the year’s greatest highlights on North American television,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Now, we begin 2009 with more episodes of this engrossing, high-energy series. I encourage everyone who hasn’t seen this addictive drama to catch up on episodes at CTV.ca before its return.”

“It is great to be back in production and to continue working closely with both CTV and CBS on FLASHPOINT,” said Executive Producers, Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. “In the new episodes, the SRU team’s unity is tested as it faces extraordinary new tactical challenges, while fighting to keep the peace within its own ranks.”

Colm Feore and Wendy Crewson guest star in FLASHPOINT’s next brand-new episode. In “Eagle Two” (Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET) (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the SRU handles a VIP protection shift at a lavish downtown Toronto hotel. David Graham, a charming philanthropist (Feore) and his beloved wife (Crewson) are in town to give away $5 million at an international conference. Ed Lane’s (Dillon) admiration for the man shatters when the philanthropist’s past catches up with him in a terrifying public showdown.

FLASHPOINT also received critical acclaim as it climbed the ratings chart. “FLASHPOINT has gone from strength to strength, thanks to some excellent writing and direction”, said The Globe and Mail. “FLASHPOINT is a hit,” said Sun Media and the New York Daily Post called it “no flash in the pan.”

Each new episode of FLASHPOINT will be made available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its television broadcast on Saturdays beginning January 10 at 9 a.m. ET. Episodes will also be made available the day after broadcast from the iTunes Store in Canada. Also, viewers can catch up on previous episodes at CTV.ca and on iTunes.

FLASHPOINT follows a unique group of cops that can do what ordinary police officers can’t. Members of a highly-skilled SWAT team (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force), they’re trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject’s head at the very emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. They’ll do whatever it takes to defuse the situation to try to save lives – all in a day’s work.

FLASHPOINT stars an impressive list of talent, including Enrico Colantoni (VERONICA MARS) as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Hugh Dillon (DURHAM COUNTY) as Ed Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Amy Jo Johnson (FELICITY) as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan, sniper and rappelling expert; David Paetkau (WHISTLER) as Sam Braddock, the newest sniper on the team; Michael Cram (STARGATE: ATLANTIS) as Kevin “Wordy” Wordsworth, who specializes in close quarter combat; Sergio Di Zio (Just Buried) as Mike “Spike” Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert; and Mark Taylor (Doomstown) as Lewis “Lou” Young, specializing in less lethal solutions.