ABC makes northward trek as well


ABC has joined the ranks of U.S. networks turning north for content, acquiring a Canadian cop drama for its primetime schedule.

The network has picked up 13 episodes of "Copper," billed as "Grey's Anatomy" in the world of rookie cops, from E1 Television, Canwest Global Communications said Wednesday.

The series' showrunner, Tassie Cameron, was head writer and co-executive producer on the first season of CTV's "Flashpoint," a Canadian police drama that has enjoyed a successful run on CBS.

Cameron and fellow Toronto screenwriter Ilana Frank pitched ABC Entertainment Group president Stephen McPherson on "Copper" last month before taking the project to NBC, the CW, Lifetime and Fox. Interest continued at MIPTV before ABC and E1 hammered out a deal.

"Copper" is set to begin production in June in Toronto.

The pickup follows CBS' recent acquisition of CTV's "The Bridge," another cop drama from E1 and partners Brass Prods. and 990 Multi Media Entertainment.

NBC soon will bow CTV's "The Listener," a Toronto-set drama about a telepathic paramedic-turned-sleuth. Fox International Channels launched "Listener" last month in 180 territories. (partialdiff)