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Global greenlights high stakes drama Ransom for a second season

From a media release:

Global announced today that original suspense drama Ransom has been green lit for Season 2. From global studio Entertainment One (eOne), Korda Studios, Big Light Productions and producers Sienna Films, Ransom will shoot in Hungary in the coming months and premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S. Additional details to be revealed at a later date.

With a 13-episode order, Season 2 welcomes back Luke Roberts (Black Sails, Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones) as expert hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont in the new season. Beaumont’s team includes Maxine Carlson (Tony Award-nominated Sarah Greene, Penny Dreadful, Burnt) a young newcomer eager to prove herself; Oliver Yates (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland, The Killing), a psychological profiler; and ex-cop Zara Hallam (Nazneen Contractor, Heroes Reborn, Covert Affairs).

Season 2 of the series continues to follow crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont and his team as they save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behaviour to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world.

Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. They travel the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.

Ransom was created by David Vainola (Diamonds, Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle). Ransom is a Canada-Hungary treaty co-production and will be produced by eOne with executive producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner and Spotnitz, via his Big Light Productions banner.  Wildcats Productions’ Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald will executive produce with Daniel Kresmery and György Rajnai of Korda Studios will co-producing. Ransom is developed in association with Corus Entertainment Inc., with the participation from the Canada Media Fund, and will be produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.




Link: Interview: ‘Ransom’ stars Luke Roberts and Nazneen Contractor

From W. Andrew Powell of The Gate:

Link: Interview: ‘Ransom’ stars Luke Roberts and Nazneen Contractor
“It’s always fun to work with something that actually happened, or work or play a character that truly exists, and is actively working, so that always adds an authenticity and a sense of responsibility. Every episode has its own story and its own charm, and we’re very lucky as a cast, we really got on with each other, pretty much instantly.” Continue reading.


Links: Ransom

From Victoria Nelli of The TV Junkies:

Sarah Greene previews Ransom
“I understood that there was something dark in her past and it interested me. It’s always interesting to me to play a character with layers and the audience doesn’t know the half of it yet. She’s trying to figure out who she is, she wants questions answered.  I was really intrigued after I read the pilot and then I got the job and I just really liked her storyline and I really liked where it was going.” Continue reading. 

From Roxanne Santo of Paste:

Penny Dreadful’s Sarah Greene on her new drama, Ransom, and the power of “difficult women”
“They don’t get the press involved, it’s all solved without anyone knowing what’s happened. These cases are usually solved within 24 to 48 hours, so that actually makes for great TV: it’s adrenaline, it’s fast paced.” Continue reading.

From Benjamin Lindsay of Rotten Tomatoes:

Sarah Greene reads minds and speaks body language in crime thriller Ransom
“They’re adrenaline junkies, basically. They don’t use weapons; they don’t use violence. They use their words and they try to figure out why someone is doing it. No one ever kidnaps someone just to be evil; their back is against a wall, they want something. The negotiators figure out what they want and help them get it.” Continue reading.

From Michael Starr of the New York Post:

New series goes inside top-secret hostage negotiations
“It’s a fascinating world I knew nothing about. There are something like 30,000 private kidnapping and hostage negotiations around the world each year. These guys travel all over the world, and their one job is to negotiate the safe return of loved ones … in all kinds of situations.” Continue reading.



Comments and queries for the week of December 30

Meh about Ransom

I’ll give this show a pass. To me, it looks like a Flashpoint-knockoff-filmed-in-Canada-but-trying-to-look-like-it’s-set-in-the-U.S. Plus, it’s a procedural. Hate those. —Alicia

Love for Steven and … Shahir?

So glad to see Steven back on TV. (Will always miss Chris. They both will always have a special place in my heart.) I sincerely think that Steven and Shahir would make such a great team. CBC, please consider this. Both of them could have guests talking about interesting topics, just the same. They’d be VERY successful. Thank you for reading my comment. —Bruge

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