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Flashpoint: Season Five Coming to ION

Flashpoint season fiveCBS may have decided to dump Flashpoint but ION thinks the show is a keeper. The cable channel has made a deal to renew the cop drama for a fifth season. There’s no word on when they’ll start airing.

CTV had previously renewed Canada’s most-watched drama series for another 13 episodes and those will go into production next month. ION made a deal earlier this year to air all of the episodes that had run on CBS, in addition to 11 extra installments that hadn’t been seen in the United States.

The unaired episodes of Flashpoint began running on ION in October and drew 1.25 million viewers, fewer than the cable channel’s Criminal Minds reruns lead-in. However, according to ION, the December 27th installment attracted a series high with 2.1 million.

Here’s the press release with the details of the renewal:

ION TELEVISION RENEWS ITS ORIGINAL POLICE DRAMA “FLASHPOINT” FOR SEASON FIVE

After Successful Launch, ION Television Orders 13 More Original Episodes for 2012

NEW YORK, January 3, 2012 – ION Television announced today it is renewing its original police drama “Flashpoint” for a fifth season. The network is picking up 13 more episodes, set to begin shooting in February 2012. The announcement was made today by Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks.

“Flashpoint” joined ION’s primetime schedule in October 2011 after the network acquired all episodes from seasons 1-3 along with 11 season four original episodes. The production of season five contributes to ION Television’s original programming goals for 2012 and beyond. Since its debut on ION, “Flashpoint” recorded its highest-telecast ever among the network’s key demos on December 27, including households (1.5 million), A25-54 (869,000), W25-54 (566,000) and among total viewers (2.1 million).

“Flashpoint’s’ solid performance season-to-date shows that a growing number of fans enjoy the series on ION Television,” says Burgess. “We welcome back this exciting dramatic series and its cast to ION Television for another season in 2012.”

“We’re thrilled to be continuing our relationship with ION,” says Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos, executive producers of ‘Flashpoint’. “We are delighted with how ‘Flashpoint’ continues to resonate with fans in the U.S. and we look forward to creating another season of compelling and engaging episodes for them to enjoy.”

“Flashpoint,” a nail-biting cop drama, is an emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of police in the Strategic Response Unit. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they’re trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject’s head to understand the emotional breaking point (the “flashpoint”) that triggered the crisis. The series stars an impressive list of talent, including Hugh Dillon (“Durham County”) as Ed Lane, team leader and lead sniper; Enrico Colantoni (“Veronica Mars”) as Gregory Parker, team sergeant and head negotiator; Amy Jo Johnson (“Felicity”) as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan, profiler and secondary negotiator; David Paetkau (“Whistler”) as Sam Braddock, the young, hot-shot sniper; Sergio Di Zio (“Just Buried”) as Mike “Spike” Scarlatti, bomb tech and communications; and Clé Bennett (“The Line”) as Rafik “Raf” Rousseau, Team One’s newest diamond-in-the-rough recruit.

“Flashpoint” is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and ION Television. Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos serve as executive producers, and co-creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern helm the writing department. David Frazee is the Series Consultant.

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Live+SD. Flashpoint TUE 10P telecasts 10/18/11 – 12/28/11.

About ION Television
ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel. Its “Positively Entertaining” network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. Since its recent launch in 2008, ION’s reach has grown to 99 million households and has become one of the top-15 TV rated U.S. networks in record time. For more information, visit www.iontelevision.com.

What do you think? Have you been watching Flashpoint on ION? Are you glad to hear it’s been renewed?

 

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Love flashpoint July 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I JUST LOVE FLASHPIONT and am so glad that ION is still lettin FLASHPOINT stay on air it’s the BEST show that was EVER I mean EVER made I LOVE FLASHPOINT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cookie July 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

We love Flashpoint! Thanks Ion for picking it up…. looking forward to new episodes in 2o12!

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erda July 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

thank god flashpoint is coming back, thank you ION for making this happen, shame on you CBS very disappointed.

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Norris Fay July 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

We discovered Flashpoint on Ion and have become addicted to it! We sure hope Ion keeps it coming and supports new production.

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Kristen July 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Thank you ION for saving flashpoint I love this show I look forward to it every year. I love the relationship suspension between the two agents. Ahhhhh I just love it!!

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JD July 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was when I learned that Flashpoint had been saved by ION. This show has a special place to me and I am sad about the possibility of it ending after season 5. I thank you however for saving it from the chopping block as you did and giving us the extra stories that you have. For what’s it worth, there is so little in broadcast tv that is actually worth watching and you have a show that is so far above the rest in story, drama,action and at times ,genuine heartfelt emotion. With all of this going for you the only reason nobody is watching is because they don’t know the show exits. You might want to consider firing the Advertising team and gettin a new one with some skin in the game. Improvise, adapt and overcome. Get busy.

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ed nazaretian June 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thanks ION – best cop show on tv.

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Jackie June 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

The best program on tv. I always look forward to it. I’m a crime show junkie at young age of 66. Loved all the Law and Order programs plus similar shows. Have recently been watching all the reruns of Flashpont and can’t wait for season 5!!!!!! Please extend beyond season 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mary Ellen Menza-Mullin June 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Absolutely LOVE Flashpoint!!!! CBS, ION…which we love….how about TNT Or USA acquiring it? ( I hear it’s the producers who want to end it, so I guess there’s no hope…so sad!)

Great program all around!!!!

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helen carver June 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

best show on the air.please do not cancel.

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Shirley June 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I’m also addicted to this show and looking forward to season 5 (when does it air?) and hope for season 6. It’s a great show; the writers, the actors and all behind the scenes are just wonderful. Thanks to ION for picking it up.

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mitzie June 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

greatest show ever when does the fifth Season start I have looked on every station and time. PLEASE let us know when the time and date of the show made for 2012 I can’t wait to see them back on TV where this show really belongs.:-( no season six that’s just wrong.

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Pat Dietrich May 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

SO ADDICTED TO THE SHOW & WAS HOPING & PRAYING THERE WAS MORE COMING. NOW I JUST HOPE I CAN FIND OUT WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH IT.

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Lou May 29, 2012 at 6:10 am

How can we contact the creators of the show and beg for a season 6?

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redwan May 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

When is season five coming on air?

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admin May 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

No date yet but likely later this year.

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