Here’s the latest list of article links on Flashpoint, starring Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni. Due to length of post, it's under the cut, plus there are a few pictures too... :)
Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore, middle, laughs with actors Hugh Dillon, left, and Enrico Colantoni on the set of 'Flashpoint,' where Moore announced the creation of the Canadian Media Fund. (March 9, 2009)
March 12, 2009 - Times Are Tough on Wall Street and Wisteria Lane
LOS ANGELES — Full-time moms are being forced to take part-time jobs, and corporate executives treat themselves to expensive wine after asking for a government bailout. Foreclosure signs are going up in the most familiar neighborhoods. Three neighbors, laid off and their houses foreclosed upon, take the chief executive of their mortgage company hostage, and out-of-work investment bankers have to stoop to low-level jobs as corporate interns.
The economic meltdown has come to prime time. While each of those situations seems real enough to have resulted from the global financial crisis, they are plotlines of recent or coming episodes of popular prime-time television series, including “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty” on ABC, “The Simpsons” on Fox, “Flashpoint” on CBS and “30 Rock” on NBC.
Now, however, the real-life financial situations being used for scripts stand out for their directness in addressing the economic plight of average Americans.
“We’ve never really been an issues-driven show,” said Mark Ellis, a creator and producer of “Flashpoint,” which follows the efforts of an urban police department’s elite Strategic Response Unit, a SWAT-like team that also employs the techniques of talk therapy in hostage negotiations.
“But we’ve all witnessed people close to us who have experienced the loss of their home or job or the depletion of their savings account, and seen how destructive that can be,” Mr. Ellis said. “These are tragic times, and we wanted to explore the repercussions of that on a personal basis.”
In the Feb. 27 episode, titled “Business as Usual,” a mortgage company executive who had received a $22 million bonus as his company foreclosed on hundreds of homes was taken hostage by three former customers.
It never hurts when there is a convenient villain, of course, and television writers have found plenty of them in the current crisis. On “Flashpoint” the mortgage company chief is described by one of his foreclosed-upon victims as “a guy who’s got four houses already who booked a five-star Caribbean resort with his buddies to brainstorm how to make the most of these troubled times.”
March 10 2009 - Ottawa to merge TV and Web funds
Will favour drama, comedy, and children's programming on the Internet and mobile devices
In an effort to encourage the development of Canadian programming that's more accessible to the iPod generation, the federal government is doing away with the controversial Canadian Television Fund, the source of taxpayer subsidies to the Canadian TV production industry, and combining it with the Canada New Media Fund, which subsidizes digital media development.
Starting on April 1, 2010, the government will invest $134.7 million annually in the new program, called the Canada Media Fund, Heritage Minister James Moore said at a press conference yesterday on the Toronto set of the CTV police drama series Flashpoint. This is the amount that would have been invested in the two former programs, he said.
REST AT LINK ABOVE
March 10 2009 - CANADIAN TV SHOWS REPLACING AMERICAN
In their latest effort to cut costs, CBS and NBC are buying Canadian-produced television shows that are due to debut this summer, Bloomberg News reported today (Monday). The networks are paying about half what they normally would have to shell out for a series produced domestically, the wire service observed. The two shows are a police drama, The Bridge, and the paranormal drama, The Listener. The Canadian network CTV will air the shows at the same time they air in the U.S. the deal follows the success of last year's summer series Flashpoint, last summer's highest-rated new drama. Although the shows are not being produced by a U.S. company seeking to benefit from Canadian tax breaks and lower labor costs, "it's still runaway in the sense that it's not being done here," AFTRA spokesman Chris de Haan told Bloomberg.
March 10 2009 - CBS PLACES FIRST IN VIEWERS FOR THE 18TH TIME IN 24 WEEKS
CBS Continues as the Only Network Up Year-to-Year in all Key Measures
CBS placed first in viewers for the 18th time in 24 weeks and continues as the only network to post year-to-year gains in all key measures, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending March 8, week 24 of the 2008-2009 television season. ….. FLASHPOINT was first in households (6.1/11), viewers (9.86m), tied for first in adults 25-54 (2.8/08, with ABC) and adults 18-49 (2.0/06, with ABC). This was FLASHPOINT's best delivery in viewers since Jan. 23, 2009, best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 performances since Feb. 6, 2009. Compared to last week, FLASHPOINT was up +5% in both households (from 5.8/10) and adults 18-49 (from 1.9/06), +8% in adults 25-54 (from 2.6/07) and +870,000 viewers (from 8.99m, +11%). ….. CBS top programs of the week: #4 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (an average of 20.88m viewers), #7 TWO AND A HALF MEN (15.47m), #8 NCIS (R) (13.67m), #10 CSI: MIAMI (13.42m), #11 60 MINUTES (13.31m), #12 THE MENTALIST (R) (12.63m), #13 COLD CASE (12.62m), #14 ELEVENTH HOUR (12.05m), #15 SURVIVOR TOCANTINS (11.85m), #16 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (P) (11.82m), #18 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (11.094m), #19 GHOST WHISPERER ( 11.090m), #21 CSI: NY (10.831m), #22 THE BIG BANG THEORY (10.830m), #24 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) (10.47m), #27 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) (10.15m), #28 THE AMAZING RACE 14 (10.13m), #29 NUMB3RS (10.12m) and #30 FLASHPOINT (9.86m).
Full press release at link above.
March 09 2009 - New federal media fund to promote HD, web programming
TORONTO — Ottawa is revamping the way it funds television and new media in an attempt to boost content for online, mobile and other platforms, Heritage Minister James Moore said Monday as some observers raised concerns over the way money would be distributed.
From the set of the CTV crime show "Flashpoint," Moore announced that the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund will be combined and rebranded as the Canada Media Fund, set to launch in April 2010.
The fund will favour projects produced in high definition and will require applicants to make their projects available on at least two distribution platforms, one of which must be television.
FULL ARTICLE AT LINK ABOVE
Heritage Minister James Moore (right) is escorted by actors Enrico Colantoni and Hugh Dillon (left) and after he made an announcement concerning the funding of the Canadian broadcasting industry at a news conference in Toronto on Monday March 9, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
March 09 2009 - Flashpoint drops the ball
Torontontians remember August, 2004, when an armed gunman shot and injured his wife, then ran, taking a female hostage en route and ending up in front of Union Station. I covered the tense standoff and remember seeing the woman's fear from behind police barricades. It ended when an Emergency Task Force (ETF) sniper from Toronto police killed the man with a single shot to the head. At the time, a Special Internal Investigations (SIU) unit ruled the Toronto Police department sniper took proper legal action in shooting the hostage-taker.
From that hostage-taking, Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern created and wrote the Canadian police drama, Flashpoint, shown Friday on CTV, with the ETF morphing into the SRU (Strategic Response Unit). CBS picked up the show, a coup for Canadian television, and it's been a hit, although maybe its move from hot Thursday to lacklustre Friday (in television business thinking) is a bad sign.
REST AT LINK ABOVE (I must admit, I disagree with the review, because I don’t believe the reviewer actually paid attention to the pivotal scene at the end where the SRU shoots the Russian kidnapper, who DID aim his gun at them.)
March 09 2009 - CBS, NBC buy Canadian TV shows to save on costs
CBS Corp. and NBC, looking to reduce prime-time programming costs as advertising shrinks, are turning to Canadian television producers for new shows.
Two new programs will air after the current TV season ends in May. CBS, which introduced the Canadian drama "Flashpoint" last year, is adding "The Bridge," a police series also filmed in Toronto. NBC nabbed "The Listener," about a telepathic paramedic in the same city. … Flashpoint," about an elite tactical squad, was the most-watched original new drama last summer, providing a boost to CBS after a strike by TV and film writers shut down production on most series. … "Canadians drive on the same side of the street and talk the same and play the same sports," Sussman said. "It's not hard to embrace content in Canada and make it work and get ratings in the U.S. market."
FULL ARTICLE at link above
March 09 2009 – In Friday's prime-time competition, Fox's new Dollhouse again fell flat, with only 73,073 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. That put it in fifth place opposite CBS' top-drawing Flashpoint, with 199,290 viewers. Dollhouse climbed to a still-deflating fourth place finish with 18-to-49-year-olds, with a special edition of ABC's 20/20 leading in that key measurement.
March 09 2009 – Canada Rejects Cutback on US series buys
Excerpt: TORONTO -- The Canadian government has rejected a proposal by the country's TV regulator to curb domestic broadcasters' spending on U.S. series. Federal Heritage Minister James Moore said Monday that Ottawa should not impose conditions or quotas on how Canadian broadcasters buy U.S. programming. "(Canadian) broadcasters have their own business model," Moore said. "They keep their business models going forward as best they can. Far be it for me to second-guess how to run a broadcast network and programming." … The federal minister made his announcement on the Toronto set of the CBS and CTV police drama "Flashpoint," a Canadian-U.S. network partnership Moore wants to see more of. "Flashpoint" is an example of a Canadian success story. It debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and in Canada. It's a TV show on CBS and CTV and it streams on line," he said. FULL ARTICLE AT LINK ABOVE
March 08 2009 – Student Bodies Meets Flashpoint
Excerpt: Okay, so I was watching Flashpoint just now, which of course is set and filmed in Toronto and is co-produced by CTV and CBS. So while I'm watching it, one of the cops on the show grabs my attention, and I think... woah!, he's HOT (the dude on the left...obviously). Then I stop and think... wait a minute, I know this guy! – REST AT LINK ABOVE, plus nice photo!
March 07 2009 - At 9, "Flashpoint" pulled 9.9 million to CBS. The Siegfried and Roy show entertained 8.4 million. Way back were NBC's "Friday Night Lights" with 3.7 million and Fox's "Dollhouse" with 3.6 million. But at least "Dollhouse" did better than lead-in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" with 2.9 million.
Oops, nearly forgot this one...
For Virginia viewers...
Due to the ACC Basketball Tournament coverage on CBS 6, Friday's (March 13, 2009) CBS 6 Primetime Programming including Ghost Whisperer, Flashpoint and Numbers will be available beginning Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:35AM. .