'Flashpoint' eyes international sales

12:56 PM PST 07/22/2008 by Etan Vlessing, AP

Moves to Thursdays with a 'CSI' lead-in

TORONTO -- Alchemy Television and TeleMunchen are set to jointly unveil a slew of international deals for the CBS series "Flashpoint," just as the rookie Canadian drama moves this week to Thursday nights from Fridays.

"Flashpoint" co-producer Bill Mustos on Tuesday said that Alchemy and TeleMunchen, co-distributors outside of North America for the Toronto-produced cop drama, have inked deals for most international territories and could announce them as early as this week.

"There's only a few territories left that are unsold," Mustos said.

CBS and CTV, the series' Canadian broadcaster, have shifted "Flashpoint" to Thursdays at 10 p.m., where it will enjoy a "CSI" lead-in.

The move follows the cop drama's second consecutive week winning Friday night on both CTV and CBS.

"Flashpoint" bowed two weeks ago on CTV with 1.1 million viewers -- impressive in a Canadian market where 1 million viewers represents a popular hit -- before the second episode slipped to 908,000 viewers last Friday.

Mustos, who co-produces the series with Anne Marie La Traverse, predicts that CBS will make no decision on whether to order a second season of "Flashpoint" before it has a chance to see how the Canadian drama performs in the coming weeks.

He added that the pending international sales for "Flashpoint" also will factor in whether the Canadian drama gets a sophomore run.
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