The Canadian network CTV has renewed Flashpoint for a second season and will go back into production in early 2009. Will CBS viewers get to see year two as well?
Flashpoint began as a CTV project that encouraged actors to submit scripts to the network. It was originally conceived as a two-hour movie but was reworked into a series in December 2007. The following month, during the writers strike, CBS purchased the rights to air Flashpoint’s initial 13 episodes in the states.
The series debuted on CBS on July 11th and follows the challenges of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU), an elite group of Canadian police who are assigned extremely dangerous situations. It’s the first Canadian series to air in U.S. primetime since Due South, nearly 10 years ago.
Flashpoint’s premiere attracted 8.1 million viewers; a solid performance considering it aired on a Friday night in the summer months. Though the following week’s episode dropped to 7.1 million, CBS was encouraged by the numbers. They shifted later episodes to Thursday nights, switching places with ailing Swingtown. For the next five weeks, Flashpoint’s viewership averaged 6.8 million.
Though the show’s performance hasn’t been incredible, it has beaten the competition on a regular basis — both in total viewers and the 18-49 demographic. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler was enthusiastic about Flashpoint’s viewership and cost to the network. In July, she said, “You know what, it started as a strike aberration, and it’s turned into something terrific. We have a great relationship with CTV and the producers. We’re very pleased with the numbers and are encouraged, and it’s certainly sort of continuing a trend to look at the world in a very different context. There are great formats coming out of different countries as technology improves as far as what foreign content looks like. We’re having a very different dialogue now. It’s a global playground. We get — you know, even writers and directors are bringing product to us from overseas. So I think it’s a really very exciting time as far as exploring all these other opportunities. So it’s a good thing.”
Flashpoint’s been off the air since August 21st and is scheduled to return on September 11th. Now that CTV has renewed the series for a second season, it’s probable that CBS will buy in for year two as well. Depending Flashpoint’s performance in September will likely determine when/if we’ll see season two in the states. Based on the show’s performance to date, a Summer 2009 return seems the likeliest choice. Stay tuned!
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This is one fantastic show, just love it to bits. I can’t wait to see the new series. Im hooked
I love this show and the entire cast. I thought Amy Jo was
fantastic in the episode where the two little girls had
been kidnapped. Please keep this show in the US.
The wonderful acting and story lines keep you glued
to your TV.
absolutely love the show. when will it return
I love this show ! Please bring it back.
an amazing and brilliantly scripted show. Love it but only got to see 3 episodes. When will it return?
I hope they bring it back soon it is an awesome show!!
The best show ever. I absolutely love this show, and Hugh Dillon is amazing. I hope it returns soon.
Great show, but what happened? Isnt there supposed to be 13 episodes?
We love this show too..I’m usually wiping tears by the end of the show though..especially the last one about the girl who was kidnapped and kept trapped in a house for eight years. Whew!! Please bring this series back for us in ’09. It is one of the best. The writers deserve awards for sure.
Thank you for taking a chance and buying ” Flashpoint” from CTV, it is a great show.
I have enjoyed every episode of the first season and am looking forward to season two. If given the opportunity, I have no doubt that it will become another hit for CBS as so many wonderful shows have been in the past.
I liked it because it was something new. But I was also weary of getting into a new show for fear of it being cancelled. I’m glad it looks like there will be another season.
We were a bit leary about a new show; seems like we get interested in a series and it gets cancelled. Please not this one. We love it.
An excellent show with down to earth reality and often times sadness. A great group of actors work well together also. Hope it comes to U.S. tv again next summer.
I personally think the show is great! I hope it comes back for a second season and please don’t leave us hanging!!!