From a media release:
Start of Production on Season Two of the CTV/SPACE/Fox International Channels series THE LISTENER
- Canada’s own Lauren Lee Smith (CSI, Lie with Me) among new actors to join ensemble cast currently shooting in Toronto
Shaftesbury Films, in association with CTV, SPACE and Fox International Channels, today announced that production is underway on season two of the original Canadian drama series The Listener. Gemini-nominated actress Lauren Lee Smith (CSI, The L Word) and Tara Spencer Nairn (Corner Gas) are among new members to join the ensemble cast which includes Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper, In God’s Country), Ennis Esmer (Billable Hours, Young People F*#king) and MylÃƒÂ¨ne Dinh-Robic (Da Vinci’s City Hall, Battlestar Galactica). The Listener is broadcast on CTV and SPACE in Canada, and in 120 countries and 33 languages internationally by Fox International Channels. The 13-episode one-hour series will shoot in and around Toronto until February, 2011.
Vancouver native Lauren Lee Smith will star as Sergeant Michelle McCluskey in the new season of The Listener. Smith also stars in Shaftesbury’s highly anticipated new comedy series from Ken Finkleman, Good Dog, and the independent film A Night For Dying Tigers alongside Jennifer Beals, which recently premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
During The Listener’s first season, the fast-paced and compelling drama instantly became a hit in Canada, with the series premiere debuting at #1 in its 10 p.m. timeslot on CTV, with a preliminary audience of 1.1 million viewers.
In season two, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) steps up his game and further embraces his telepathic powers while working alongside his partner Ã¢â‚¬Å“OzÃ¢â‚¬Â (Ennis Esmer). When he stumbles into a case investigated by the Integrated Investigations Bureau (IIB) of the RCMP, he finds he must reveal his gift to Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith). Despite her initial skepticism, Michelle comes to realize Toby’s extraordinary potential. While maintaining his standing as a paramedic, Toby is enlisted to consult with IIB. There he joins Michelle as well as her brilliant junior partner, computer maven Corp. Dev Clark (Rainbow Sun Francks, Stargate Atlantis), and Alvin Klein (Peter Stebbings, Madison) the Bureau’s in-house legal expert to help solve IIB’s most difficult cases.
Other new faces that will join the staff at St. Luke Hospital to work alongside Dr. Olivia Fawcett (MylÃƒÂ¨ne Dinh-Robic) are Sandy (Tara Spencer Nairn, Corner Gas), a triage nurse who runs the floor with military precision and dry humour, and neurosurgeon Dr. Shane Lawson (Sebastien Roberts, Canada Russia Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ72), who develops feelings for Olivia.
The Listener is produced by Shaftesbury Films in association with CTV, SPACE and Fox International Channels. The series is executive produced by EmmyÃ‚Â® and Gemini award-winning Christina Jennings (Murdoch Mysteries, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures) and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films, and Sam Egan (Sanctuary, Masters of Science Fiction). Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. Sharon Tal Yguado is Executive Producer for Fox International Channels. The Listener is distributed internationally by Shine. Produced with the financial participation of The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.