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Flashpoint article list #03

Compiled some more article excerpts on the CBS/CTV series Flashpoint starring Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/18/c9599.html

Feb 18 2009 - TORONTO, - CTV announced today the encore presentation of MAYERTHORPE, the 2008 Gemini Award-Winner for Best TV Movie, airing Saturday, February 28 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast

times). The timely broadcast is just a few days shy of the tragedy's four year anniversary on March 3 and comes on the heels of the recent sentencing of two of the men involved in the heinous crime. Garnering 1.3 million total viewers

when it premiered last February(*) on CTV, MAYERTHORPE is the chilling dramatization of the events leading up to the RCMP's greatest loss of life in a single day, when James Roszko, a heavily-armed, habitual criminal, ambushed

and gunned down four, young RCMP officers near Mayerthorpe, AB. … The Gemini winning MAYERTHORPE examines the decade-long battle between Roszko (Brian Markinson, Charlie Wilson's War) and the local RCMP, headed by

fictional character Corporal Alex Stanton (Henry Czerny, THE TUDORS, FLASHPOINT). As their relationship becomes increasingly tense, the movie hurtles towards a violent and bitter conclusion to Roszko's life of crime - the day that many believed was inevitable. FULL PRESS RELEASE AT LINK ABOVE

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i0a2ed4a24bf26fb86a7ab8e895e976d8

Feb 17  2009 – 'Flashpoint' opens TV drama floodgates - U.S.-Canadian co-production tests waters

TORONTO -- Before CBS' "Flashpoint," the Friday night cop drama produced and set in Toronto, Canadian one-hour series wouldn't be recognized in a police lineup alongside "House" or "Lost." But the U.S. primetime success of "Flashpoint," a co-venture between CBS and Canada's CTV network, has led Canadian producers to Los Angeles to press still more homegrown dramas on suddenly receptive U.S. broadcasters. "It's been a long time. 'Due South' was the last real true Canadian venture with a U.S. network," John Morayniss, president of Canadian producer E1 Television, said of the 1990s CBS cop drama, also produced in Toronto. FULL ARTICLE AT LINK ABOVE.

 

http://www.saultstar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1440296

Feb 18 2009 – “Elastocitizens can't get the funk out - Canadian comedy passes on Sault band's tunes” -  Audiences can see Steve McCarthy, but not hear his funk band in a new Canadian comedy. The St. Mary's College graduate has a major role in Eating Buccaneers. The low-budget film will be screened at Shadows of the Mind Film Saturday at 7 p.m. McCarthy is also the lead singer of Elastocitizens, a Toronto-based band that includes several other Sault Ste. Marie natives including Emma Dottor, Trish Fagan and Jason O'Brien. …Director Bill Keenan has watched the Elastocitizens perform live, but acknowledges the band's music didn't fit Eating Buccaneers. …. Instead, Eating Buccaneers features composer Ari Posner who now works on the hit CTV series, Flashpoint.  "It's a beautiful score," said Keenan. "This guy is destined for greatness."

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i0a2ed4a24bf26fb86a7ab8e895e976d8

Feb 17  2009 – 'Flashpoint' opens TV drama floodgates - U.S.-Canadian co-production tests waters

TORONTO -- Before CBS' "Flashpoint," the Friday night cop drama produced and set in Toronto, Canadian one-hour series wouldn't be recognized in a police lineup alongside "House" or "Lost." But the U.S. primetime success of "Flashpoint," a co-venture between CBS and Canada's CTV network, has led Canadian producers to Los Angeles to press still more homegrown dramas on suddenly receptive U.S. broadcasters. "It's been a long time. 'Due South' was the last real true Canadian venture with a U.S. network," John Morayniss, president of Canadian producer E1 Television, said of the 1990s CBS cop drama, also produced in Toronto. FULL ARTICLE AT LINK ABOVE.

 

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/17/c9399.html

Feb 17 2009 – (Canada) - Highlights of CTV's amazing weekend: Friday - At 8 p.m., 1.2 million viewers watched an all-new episode of GHOST WHISPERER, second only to FLASHPOINT, which was once again the No.1 program of the night. …  At 9 p.m., FLASHPOINT was No.1 with 1.29 million viewers, besting CBC's THE FIFTH ESTATE (No.2; 639,000) and the series premiere of Global's DOLLHOUSE (No.3; 526,000).

 

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118000184.html?categoryid=1275&cs=1

Feb 17 2009 – According to preliminary Nielsen nationals, "Dollhouse" opened Friday with a 2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, ranking second in the demo to ABC's "Supernanny" (prelim 2.2/7) and third in total viewers. The Fox entry maintained its demo rating from its first half-hour to its second and beat competing dramas on CBS ("Flashpoint") and NBC ("Friday Night Lights") in 18-49.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/tv--radio/first-episodes/2009/02/13/1234028275496.html

Feb 17 2009 – The first episode is often the worst episode, so Melinda Houston salutes Nine's decision to screen its new crime series out of order. First episodes. Who needs them? Some viewers have been annoyed, some enraged, by Channel Nine's decision to screen its new Canadian crime series Flashpoint out of order, starting in mid-January with episode five, and following that up with episode four. What about character development? What about ongoing plotlines? For an audience already mightily pissed off with a grid that shifts, dumps, repeats, and screens programs late or early without prior warning, if felt like the final straw. But there is a strange kind of method in Nine's madness. According to the network, programmers sat down, watched the full season, decided which episode was strongest, then went with that as their opener. And - be warned - they're about to do it again with the Jerry Bruckheimer sci-fi thriller 11th Hour, which premieres next week. … Flashpoint, Wednesday 9.30pm, Channel Nine. (Full article at link above)

 

http://tvfeedsmyfamily.blogspot.com/2009/02/flashpoint-picks-off-dollhouse.html

Feb 17 2009 – Flashpoint continues to be the success story in Canadian drama. According to overnight estimates, the Toronto-lensed sniper series pulled 1,292,000 Total CTV viewers this past Friday at 9, the highest score of the night. CTV's Ghost Whisperer was second overall with 1,184,000 viewers at 8. CBC's Rick Mercer repeat drew 599,000, with Marketplace kicking in another 665,000 at 8:30. Global`s fading Howie Do It snared 459,000. … Caught in the Flashpoint crosshairs was Dollhouse, which premiered to 526,000 at 9 on Global. The one bit of good news for Global was that the new series did relatively well in the 18-49-year-old demo, especially in Calgary (where it beat Flashpoint), Toronto and Vancouver. The new Joss Whedon sci-fi drama drew 4.73 million Friday on Fox, which was up over a million viewers from its Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles lead but still nothing to get re-programmed about. Flashpoint`s CBS number Friday, for example, was more than twice that at 9.02 million.

 

http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/02/viewers_give_warm_welcome_to_w.php

Feb 14 2009 - Overall, "Dollhouse" ranked second in the 9 p.m. hour, just below ABC's "Supernanny" (2.2/7), but ahead of CBS' "Flashpoint" (1.9/6) and NBC's fading "Friday Night Lights" (1.1/3).

 

http://weblogs.redeyechicago.com/showpatrol/2009/02/music-from-flashpoint.html

Feb 14 2009 - Music from 'Flashpoint' catches readers' ears

When the CBS cop drama “Flashpoint” opened its second season earlier this year, I wrote about some great folk music from Jenn Grant and Kim Taylor that was used in the series. Recently I’ve had a few readers—Carol and Nancy—ask about other songs on more recent episodes, so I thought I’d give an update.  “Weapon” by Matthew Good closed out the most recent episode, called “Between Heartbeats.” Good is a Canadian singer/songwriter who led the alt rock group Matthew Good Band up to 2002. He’s also a political activist and blogger. The song is from Good’s 2003 album “Avalanche.” You can find his albums pretty much anywhere, including on iTunes. CLICK ON LINK ABOVE FOR MORE MUSIC FROM FLASHPOINT

 

Feb 13 2009

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/TV_Preview_62/Dollhouse_headscratcher_but_for_a_few.asp

In an article on Fox’s Dollhouse… “Further, “Dollhouse" faces little direct broadcast competition in that hour, which gives it that much more of an opportunity to attract whatever younger viewers are home on Friday nights, airing against ABC's “Supernanny” and CBS’s “Flashpoint,” which both skew older, and NBC's “Friday Night Lights,” which is aimed at more of a family crowd. There's also MyNetworkTV’s “Friday Night Smackdown,” which skews male.

 

http://thetvaddict.com/2009/02/13/tonights-tv-addictions-february-13-2009/

FLASHPOINT (9PM CBS, CTV in Canada)

The sins of the not-so-distant past come back to haunt Ed when a sniper seeks vengeance and winds up putting one of the SRU team in dire jeopardy. (Okay, kids, FYI: when my description reads this dry, it’s a pretty good indication that I’ve never seen the show and have no clue what I’m talking about! See, it feels like a “behind the scenes” glimpse, doesn’t it?)

 

http://roverarts.com/2009/02/ctv-strikes-gold-with-flashpoint/

Feb 12 2009 – Excerpt: CTV Strikes Gold with Flashpoint by Leonard Eichel - ONE OF THE STURDY MYTHS of Canadian television holds that only the CBC can produce quality drama that sells internationally. Commercial broadcasters, despite their regulatory obligations, are painted as stingy with originality and quality, producing instead lowest common denominator content that rarely garners Gemini or Emmy awards. CTV’s Flashpoint proves otherwise. The January debut of this edgy series about elite police officers in Toronto drew 1.27 million viewers here and 10.6 million in the United States on CBS, making it the most watched program in that time slot in North America. … Centred around the Strategic Response Unit (modeled after Toronto’s Emergency Task Force), Flashpoint is an action series that makes an honest attempt to go beyond the bread-and-butter drama of a police show and delve more into the human element of the men and women who make up the SRU. Members of the team are highly trained. They know tactics and weapons beyond the ordinary foot patrol officer. But they also are trained in negotiation, crowd control, and are picked for their intuition and ability to read emotion, sense the direction of a stressful event, back it up with hard intelligence and take the necessary action to bring it all to a close. FULL ARTICLE at link above.

 

 

http://www.cinema-france.com/feature222_critique-flashpoint-saison-1.html

Critique : Flashpoint Saison 1

Achetée par Canal + en novembre dernier pour une diffusion à la fin de l'année, la surprise Flashpoint est finalement bien sympathique. Découvrez pourquoi.

Diffusée durant l'été 2008 sur CBS, ce fut l'une des seules surprises en termes d'audience de la saison estivale. Même le network américain n'y croyait pas, en témoigne la très courte première saison (9 épisodes !). Heureusement, la saison 2, qui a commencé début 2009, a rapidement vu son audience décoller, assurant à la série un avenir plus que radieux.

  REST OF ARTICLE AT LINK ABOVE; alas, don’t speak/read French…

 

Feb 9 2009

http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272624936.shtml

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT: Enrico Colantoni of the CBS/CTV series "Flashpoint" admits that his character's real-life counterparts in the Toronto Police Department's Emergency Task Force occasionally tell him they've seen certain scenes in the show "and say, 'We'd never do it that way.' But their wives and kids love us. In Canada, specifically, the PR for these guys has just changed because of the show. We paint them as humans. They're not Neanderthals. I love it when policemen come up to me on the street and compliment me. On top of the pride I feel about the show, on top of that, there's Canadian pride," notes the Toronto-born actor.

Feb 9 2009

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/Overnights_50/Whisperer_boosts_CBS_to_first_Friday.asp

ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.3 for “Supernanny,” while CBS slipped to second with a 2.2 for its “Flashpoint” rerun. Univision was third with a 1.9 for “Fuego en la Sangre,” Fox fourth with a 1.5 for “America’s Most Wanted,” NBC fifth with a 1.4 for “Friday Night Lights” and CW sixth with a 0.4 for “13 – Fear Is Real.”

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/marsdd/sets/72157609475731251/

The police drama TV series Flashpoint was filmed at the MaRS Centre in January 2009. During filming, the MaRS Auditorium was transformed into a Stock Exchange set. The show will be aired February 27, 2009. – to the link for the full set of photos

 

http://www.canada.com/Entertainment/story.html?id=1176841

Jan 14 2009 - Flashpoint inspires American interest in Canadian drama By Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service

Flashpoint, the homegrown drama about an emergency response police team in Toronto was bought by CBS as summer filler. Instead, it became CBS' most-watched drama during the off season. 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Flashpoint is no flash in the pan, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler told reporters Wednesday at the semi-annual meeting of the Television Critics Association.  Flashpoint, the homegrown drama about an emergency response police team in Toronto, has proven to be both durable and well-received, Tassler said. The network initially bought Flashpoint from its Toronto producers as summer filler. Instead, it became CBS' most-watched drama during the off season. Earlier this month, CBS decided to rush new episodes onto the air rather than wait until summer. Flashpoint now airs Fridays on both CBS and CTV. "It's creatively a great series," Tassler said. "We're certainly pleased with the tone. It's been a good experience for us all around." REST AT LINK ABOVE

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/bc/SHAUNOMACRADIO/blog/2009/02/04/Mark-Ellis-co-creator-of-CBS-FlashPoint

Date / Time: 2/4/2009 6:48 PM UTC

Mark Ellis co creator of CBS FlashPoint 

In the second hour today, Mark Ellis the co creator and EP of FlashPoint will be on with us to talk about the series and more!! This series has taken the TV world by storm since it aired in the summer of 2008. We hope you can all join us..

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