Ion heads to 'Durham County'

Acquires TV, digital media, VOD rights to Canadian series

NEW YORK -- Ion Television has acquired the U.S. rights to the Canadian series "Durham County," a police procedural that will air on the network this year.

"Durham County" stars Hugh Dillon (CBS' "Flashpoint") and Helene Joy and is about a city detective who moves to the suburbs after losing his partner and discovering his wife has breast cancer. He is quickly immersed in a serial killing case that might involve his neighbor and longtime friend.

It won best dramatic series as 2008's CFTPA Indie Award. It's produced by Back Alley Films and Muse Entertainment. Executive producers are Michael Prupas, Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell.

Ion will have not only the TV rights in the United States but also digital media, Web streaming and video on demand as well.

It's not the first time that the network has had original dramatic programming, although it's the first time in its current incarnation. Ion's predecessor, Pax TV, had original dramatic series "Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye" and "Doc." And in 2000, Pax and NBC jointly premiered "Mysterious Ways," a series starring Adrian Pasdar and Rae Dawn Chong.