Q&A: Bill Mustos

Bill Mustos is an executive producer of "Flashpoint."

THR: Lots of projects are shot in Toronto but set somewhere else. Why is this one set in Toronto?

Mustos: This was inspired by the real life emergency task force tht eists in Toronto and the approach this S.W.A.T. team has is a little bit different from a lot of the other S.W.A.T. teams around the world. In addition to training their men and women in lethan and nonlethal tactics, they also train in negotiation, psychological profiling and the like.

THR: What makes this series different from other cop shows?

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: Will any stories take place over several episodes?

Mustos: Our approach to storytelling is very episodic. We don't get deeply into the personal lives and the home lives of our lead characters. There's a layer of that present but it's minimal.

THR: The pilot is based on a true story? Do all stories come from actual case files?

We've had a few story ideas that were inspired by real cases. We have a wealth of case knowledge. We have used a number of those stories for inspiration for stories that we have fictionalized.

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 "Numb3rs" out of the 10 p.m. slot and moved us into it, putting "Numb3rs" as our lead-in. So we like that very much. "CSI" started its life on Friday nights, so that's a pretty auspicious case study to go ahead of us.