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Flashpoint Season 5 Episode 1 Toronto, ON (June 1, 2011) – Bell Media announced today the commencement of the Bell Benefits, as the company begins its search for the next great Canadian TV program or series. The announcement comes as CTV also independently orders new seasons of three scripted original series, as well as a new original movie, for 2011/12. Additionally, Bell Media announced the start of production on two previously announced pilots for the network, “Saving Hope” and “Stay with Me.”
The Bell Benefits is the $100 million programming investment in programs of national interest, resulting from BCE’s purchase of CTV. Flashpoint Season 5 Episode 1 In addition to its ongoing commitment to original production, Bell Media is now receiving pitches for Canadian scripted drama and comedy, as well as documentaries and Canadian award shows, to be supported by the Bell Benefits and produced by Canadian independent producers.
Flashpoint Season 5 Episode 1 “We’re open for business,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “With the evolution of the Bell transaction over the past nine months finally complete, we are now in a position to begin moving forward with these tangible benefits and, in conjunction with our normal commitments and expenditures on Canadian programming, re-invigorating our independent production strategy.”
Independent of the Bell Benefits, Bell Media also confirms today the order of new seasons from some of its current crop of homegrown hits.
The network has ordered 18 new hours (Season 5) of its hit drama “Flashpoint.” Canada’s most-watched drama series aired in prime Tuesday and Friday non-simulcast timeslots this past Fall and Winter, averaging more than 1.5 million viewers. The order will bring the total number of episodes for the drama to 80, making it one of the longest-running original scripted series currently on Canadian television. The fourth season of “Flashpoint” premieres this Summer on CTV and will have a prominent place on CTV’s fall schedule, to be announced tomorrow.
CTV has also ordered a third season of 13 episodes of “The Listener.” One of the few scripted Canadian series to average more than one million viewers each week, “The Listener” showed double-digit growth in its second season, up 17% among total viewers and a remarkable 47% among males 18-34.
Based on its record-breaking success on Bravo!, CTV has also ordered a second season of scandal and intrigue from THE BORGIAS, before its world network television debut on CTV on Tuesday, July 5 at 10 p.m. ET. The second, 10-episode season of the Canada/Hungary/Ireland co-production is scheduled to premiere in 2012 on CTV and Bravo!.
Also ordered for 2011/12 is the new original Canadian movie, “The Horses of McBride.” Based on a true story and in collaboration with Canadian icon Paul Gross, “The Horses of McBride” follows a father and daughter who inspire a community to save two horses trapped on a snowy B.C. mountainside and rediscover their love for a vanishing way of life in the process. Written and directed by Anne Wheeler (“Endgame,” “This is Wonderland”), the movie is scheduled to begin production in early 2012.