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Canadian drama Flashpoint will continue its U.S. run.
ION Television has renewed the cop series for a 13-episode fifth season, a decision that follows CTV’s decision to do the same.
The news comes a year after the series’ Canadian producers enlisted ION and CBS to help bank-roll the show’s most recent season with a complex syndication deal. By October, Flashpoint had officially joined the primetime schedule care of the network’s move to acquire all episodes from seasons one, two and three along with 11 original episodes for season four.
Production on the fifth season of procedural about an elite force in Toronto that deals with hostage standoffs and other crisis situations is set to begin in February.
Since its debut on ION, the series’ December 27 episode nabbed its highest ratings ever among the network’s key demos, including the 25- to 54-year olds (869,000), women 25 to 54 (566,000) and total viewers (2.1 million).
“We are delighted with how Flashpoint continues to resonate with fans in the U.S. and we look forward to creating another season of compelling and engaging episodes for them to enjoy,” the show’s executive producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos said in a statement.
Elsewhere on the network, ION continues to bulk up its cabinet of acquired series, including TNT’s Leverage, USA’s Psych, Monk and House. In September, the network added early 2000s George Lopez to its mix.
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