Double-up for “The Listener”


NBC has decided to expand the premiere of “The Listener” to two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 4 (9-11 pm ET). The new drama will then move to its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 10 pm ET for the rest of the summer.

“The Listener,” developed by award-winning Shaftesbury Films and Canadian broadcaster CTV and produced in association with CTV, FIC and NBC, follows Toby Logan, played by Craig Olejnik, a 25-year-old paramedic who has a big secret – he’s a telepath. Until now, Toby kept his ability hidden, exploring its possibilities only with his long-time mentor and confidant, Dr. Ray Mercer, played by Colm Feore.

Toby makes the rounds with his comedic paramedic partner, “Oz” Bey, played by Ennis Esmer, helping people in crisis, and in the process, trying to unravel the truth about his past. While his professional life is in check, Toby’s personal life could use its own rescue. And with the help of Detective Charlie Marks, played by Lisa Marcos, and his E.R. doctor/ex-girlfriend, Olivia Fawcett, played by Mylène Dinh-Robic, Toby realizes his gift can help others.

The series executive producers include International Emmy Award winner Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films; Michael Amo; Tom Chehak, and Clement Virgo. “The Listener” is distributed internationally by Shine-Reveille.