A few minutes with Bill Mustos


The Hollywood Reporter chief television critic Barry Garron recently spoke with Bill Mustos, an executive producer of CBS' new drama "Flashpoint." Mustos: This was inspired by the real-life emergency task force that exists in Toronto, and the approach this SWAT team has is a little bit different from a lot of the other SWAT teams around the world. In addition to training their men and women in lethal and nonlethal tactics, they also train in negotiation, psychological profiling and the like.

Mustos: This is not a franchise which is about another dead body at the start of an episode and an investigation into the mystery of who caused that death. We were more interested in the kind of storytelling that allows us to explore a world — this happens to be an elite police world — that is happening in the here and now. It's a world about life and death, about a ticking clock and a world where we could explore the emotional story that is often ignored in a police procedural.

THR: Do all stories come from actual case files?

Mustos: We've had a few story ideas that were inspired by real cases. We have a wealth of case knowledge.

THR: How do you feel about your time slot at 10 p.m. Fridays?

Mustos: We're feeling good about it. Friday night is a good night for CBS. Also, CBS has moved "Numbers" out of the 10 p.m. slot and moved us into it, putting "Numbers" as our lead-in. So we like that very much. (partialdiff)