From a media release:
Shaftesbury, Pope Productions, andÂ CitytvÂ announced today that production has begun onÂ new drama series REX (wt). Centred on the partnership between a police detective and his hardworking dog, REX is a procedural drama with a twist. StarringÂ John ReardonÂ (Van Helsing, Continuum),Â Mayko NguyenÂ (Killjoys, Fahrenheit 451), andÂ Enrico ColantoniÂ (Bad Blood, Flashpoint), the eight-episode, 60-minute series is based on the long-running, international hit series Rex, a Cop’s Best Friend. Executive produced byÂ Christina Jennings,Â Scott Garvie, andÂ Paul Pope, the series has begun shooting inÂ St. John’s, Newfoundlandand will continue throughÂ December 2018.
Set inÂ St. John’s, Newfoundland,Â REXÂ is an action-packed police procedural drama focused on the partnership between a dedicated detective and his extraordinary former K9 dog. Rex and Charlie are a detective team that combine their individual skills to solve the most puzzling crimes. This is the first English-language adaptation of the highly successful European format that has aired in 125 countries around the world for 18 seasons.
StarringÂ John ReardonÂ as DetectiveÂ Charlie Hudson, Rex’s partner;Â Mayko NguyenÂ as chief of forensicsÂ Sarah Truong;Â Enrico ColantoniÂ as SuperintendentÂ Joseph De Luca; and Diesel (a Canadian Kennel Club Grand Champion) as Rex.
Shaftesbury and Pope Productions Ltd. producesÂ REXÂ in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media, and Beta Film GmbH. Beta Film GmbH holds worldwide distribution rights. Produced with the participation of theÂ NewfoundlandÂ and Labrador Film Development Corporation,Â the Ontario Film and Television TaxÂ Credit,Â theÂ Canadian Film or Video Production TaxÂ Credit andÂ the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.
REXÂ is executive produced byÂ Christina Jennings,Â Scott Garvie,Â Paul Pope,Â Ken Cuperus, andÂ Avrum Jacobson, followed byÂ Laura HarbinÂ as Supervising Producer,Â Julie LaceyÂ as Producer, andÂ Lisa PorterÂ as Associate Producer.Â Friedemann GoezÂ andÂ Oliver BachertÂ are Executive Producers from Beta Film GmbH. Episodes are written by Showrunners Ken Cuperus,Â Paul Aitken,Â John Callaghan,Â Jessie Gabe,Â Avrum Jacobson,Â Simon McNabb, andÂ Celeste Parr. Episodes are directed byÂ Felipe Rodriguez,Â Alison Reid, andÂ John Vatcher.