CBS finds scripted series in Canada


CBS has ordered 13 episodes of “Flashpoint,” the working title for a new police drama about an elite big city Strategic Response Unit (SRU). The WGA strike is not an obstacle because CBS is buying into a series already created for CTV, Canada’s largest privately owned English network. The show is to begin airing later this year on both CTV and CBS. Production of the one-hour weekly drama is set to begin in April in Toronto.

Flashpoint stars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon and David Paetkau. It was originally developed by CTV and Toronto-based Pink Sky Entertainment.  For the series, Pink Sky has joined forces with Avamar Entertainment in association with CBS Paramount Network Television and CTV.

Anne Marie La Traverse, founder of Pink Sky and a former executive producer at Alliance Atlantis, and Bill Mustos, founder of Avamar, and former drama chief at CTV, are executive producers.  The series was created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern.