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TORONTO – After 75 episodes, the producers of ION Television’s Flashpoint have decided the upcoming fifth season will be its last.
The police procedural, which airs in Canada on CTV, unleashed a series of homegrown crime shows on U.S. network TV schedules since debuting on CBS as a summer replacement in 2008.
Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos of Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment on Tuesday told the series talent and crew that production on the final 13 episodes will wrap in Toronto in late June.
“While the series is still at its creative apex, we’ve decided to end the series on a high note, and give those fans the satisfaction of a fitting series conclusion in our 75th episode,” Mustos and La Traverse said in a statement.
Flashpoint, originally created by Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis, was developed by CTV and produced as a pilot in 2007.
The police procedural stars Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Sergio Di Zio and Olunike Adeliyi, and portrays an elite force in Toronto that deals with hostage standoffs and other crisis situations.
A year later in 2008, CBS jumped on board as a production partner just as the cop drama, a strike-proof series in the wake of the 2008 WGA strike, started production on its first season.
The Toronto-shot series bowed on July 11, 2008, simulcast on CBS and CTV, and secured impressive ratings on both sides of the border.
The cop drama aired for three seasons on CBS, before the U.S. network signed a complex syndication deal with ION Television to bankroll a fourth season of 18 episodes.
That deal also made all 51 episodes of Flashpoint available to ION, in addition to the fourth season.
Meanwhile, CTV continued to support the homegrown drama, despite the dwindling support from CBS. If anything, the early success of Flashpoint on CTV got the Canadian broadcaster into a host of other homegrown crime dramas, including The Listener, which earlier aired on NBC, and more recently separate crime novel series by writers William Deverell and Giles Blunt, now being developed as possible TV crime dramas.
And ION Television in March renewed the cop series for a 13-episode fifth season, following CTV’s decision to do the same.
Flashpoint also airs in more than 100 markets worldwide, including RTL2 in Germany and Canal Plus in France. La Traverse and Mustos executive produce Flashpoint, with co-creators Ellis and Morgenstern heading up the writing department.
Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela are the CTV production executives under Corrie Coe, senior vp of independent production.
Vera and Tele Munchen are the international distributors.
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