or


[10/04/11 - 08:29 AM]
CTV, Fox International Channels, and Shaftesbury Announce Start of Production on Season 3 of "The Listener"
Plus: ION Television has acquired the first two seasons of the series for broadcast in 2012.

[via press release from CTV]

CTV, Fox International Channels, and Shaftesbury Announce Start of Production on Season 3 of THE LISTENER

- ION Television acquires THE LISTENER for U.S. broadcast -

- Guest star appearances lined up for Season 3 include Fefe Dobson, Rossif Sutherland, Kristin Lehman, Wes Williams, and more -

Toronto, ON (October 4, 2011) - Shaftesbury, in association with CTV and Fox International Channels, today announced that production is underway on Season 3 of the original drama series THE LISTENER. It was also announced that U.S. entertainment network ION Television has acquired the first two seasons of the series for broadcast in 2012 with the option for future seasons. Starring Craig Olejnik as mind-reading paramedic Toby Logan, THE LISTENER is broadcast on CTV and Bravo! in Canada, and internationally by Fox International Channels in 120 countries and 33 languages.

Season 3 of the 13 episode, one-hour series is currently shooting in and around Toronto until February 2012, with guest stars to include Kristin Lehman (THE KILLING), Rossif Sutherland (I'm Yours), Ian Tracey (HELL ON WHEELS), Canadian rapper, record producer and actor Wes Williams (CRA$H & BURN), JUNO Award-nominee Fefe Dobson, and more.

"THE LISTENER's audience keeps growing season-over-season as strong characters mix an element of drama with comedic banter," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Productions, Bell Media. "It's great television of which we're incredibly proud."

"With its unique blend of drama, investigation, action and humour, THE LISTENER is an internationally successful franchise that offers a fresh take on the one-hour procedural," said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. "We're looking forward to bringing new episodes of the series to Canadian and international viewers in partnership with CTV and Fox International Channels, and to introducing the series to new audiences in the U.S. with ION Television."

Averaging 1.03 million viewers on CTV, THE LISTENER saw an impressive 13% growth among total viewers in Season 2. Following on the heels of Season 2's dramatic finale, Season 3 finds Toby (Olejnik) having apparently renounced the use of his paranormal gift and severing ties with Sgt. McCluskey, after the strain of using his abilities starts to take a toll on his health. But he is unexpectedly thrust back into the world of the IIB when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist being pulled off by a desperate team of robbers (Rossif Sutherland, I'm Yours and Ian Tracey, INTELLIGENCE). It will take all of Toby's skills, both as a paramedic and a mind reader, to keep him and his fellow hostages alive.

Following this high-tension opening, Toby finds himself challenged on all fronts, especially in his personal relationships. Meanwhile, Toby's best friend and paramedic partner, Oz (Ennis Esmer, Young People F**king), moves into the apartment next door to Toby, and works up the courage to make a commitment to St. Luke Hospital triage nurse Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn).

The ensemble cast of THE LISTENER includes Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) as Toby Logan; Gemini-nominated Lauren Lee Smith (CSI; THE L WORD) as IIB Sergeant Michelle McCluskey; Ennis Esmer (Young People F**king) as paramedic Oz Bey; Rainbow Sun Francks (STARGATE ATLANTIS) as Corp. Dev Clark, McCluskey's computer maven partner; Peter Stebbings (MADISON) as Alvin Klein, the IIB's brilliant in-house legal expert; Myl´┐Żne Dinh-Robic (STARGATE ATLANTIS) as Dr. Olivia Fawcett, Toby's confidante and colleague at St. Luke Hospital; Tara Spencer-Nairn (CORNER GAS) as Sandy, St. Luke Hospital's triage nurse who runs the floor with military precision; and Arnold Pinnock (COMBAT HOSPITAL) as EMS supervisor George Ryder.

U.S. entertainment network ION Television has acquired the first two seasons of THE LISTENER from Shaftesbury Sales Company for broadcast in 2012. The deal was finalized by Shine International, which distributes THE LISTENER internationally.

THE LISTENER is produced by Shaftesbury in association with CTV and Fox International Channels. The series is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury, and Karen Troubetzkoy (18 TO LIFE) and Peter Mohan (LOST GIRL, THE BRIDGE), who serves as Season 3 showrunner. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Robin Johnston and Rebecca Dipasquale are production executives for Bell Media. Sharon Tal Yguado is Executive Producer for Fox International Channels. THE LISTENER is produced with the financial participation of The Canada Media Fund, The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit and The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.

Viewers who want to catch-up on the first two seasons of THE LISTENER can watch episodes online at CTV.ca.

About CTV

CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca

About Shaftesbury

Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator, producer and distributor of original content for television and multiple platforms, with programming available in more than 120 countries worldwide. Recent productions include three seasons of The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; five seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; and two seasons of Good Dog, an irreverent comedy from acclaimed writer and producer Ken Finkleman (The Newsroom) for HBO Canada. Shaftesbury's slate of programming for kids and families includes the global hit series Life with Derek and the movie follow-up to the series, Vacation with Derek. Shaftesbury's divisions include Shaftesbury U.S., located in Los Angeles and focused on development for the U.S. market; Shaftesbury Factual, dedicated to non-fiction storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres; Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury's digital media branch responsible for the development and production of original multiplatform series and companion web experiences; and Shaftesbury Sales Company, which manages international sales and distribution for the company's content. www.shaftesbury.ca

About FOX International Channels

FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 183 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 300 million subscribing households (875 million cumulative) worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced "dot-fox") specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses. In operation since: August 14, 1993.

About ION Television

ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. Since its recent launch in 2008, ION's reach has grown to 99 million households and has become one of the top-15 TV rated U.S. networks in record time. For more information, visit www.iontelevision.com





  [october 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· LISTENER, THE (ION)





[07/29/16 - 01:03 PM]
National Geographic Channel Greenlights Global Scripted Event Series Based on Martha Raddatz's New York Times Best-Seller, "The Long Road Home"
Screenwriter Mikko Alanne ("The 33") is adapting and also executive producing this epic story of survival for television.

[07/29/16 - 01:02 PM]
National Geographic Channel, Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia Redefine Television Storytelling with "Mars" - An Unprecedented Global Event Series
The project premieres on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this November.

[07/29/16 - 01:01 PM]
USA Network Sets "Chrisley Knows Best" Mid-Season Return for Tuesday, August 23 with Two New Back-to-Back Episodes
The network previously extended the current season, bringing the total to 26 episodes, and has already announced a pick up for a Season 5, set to air next year.

[07/29/16 - 12:12 PM]
Animal Planet Celebrates "World Lion Day" with a Marathon of Lion Programming on August 10
Highlights include the all-new special "Clash of Africa's Giants," which gives audiences a look inside the lives of one of Africa's growing prides on a quest for survival.

[07/29/16 - 11:45 AM]
FOX Orders Second Season of Competition Series "American Grit"
Season two is currently casting the next group of men and women who are ready to find their inner strength and transform their lives for the better.

[07/29/16 - 11:30 AM]
Video: "Killing Reagan" - Trailer
The National Geographic Channel original movie premieres Sunday October 16 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/29/16 - 11:02 AM]
Video: Miramax(R) and El Rey Network Release Trailer from Season Three of the El Rey Network Original "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
This season the Gecko brothers find themselves in the vortex of the culebra world, thrust into a fight against the forces of Hel as they assemble an unlikely crew to take on the new enemies determined to take them down.

[07/29/16 - 10:33 AM]
"The Circus" Returns This September for the Final Act of the 2016 Election
Sunday night's episode marks the final episode in the series' summer run.

[07/29/16 - 09:26 AM]
El Rey Network Now Available on Verizon Fios
El Rey will be included in the Ultimate, Preferred, Mundo and Mundo Total TV plans on channel 198.

[07/29/16 - 09:07 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Top Charts
The Eye claims the adults 18-49 and the total viewers crown.

[07/29/16 - 08:33 AM]
Family, Food and Fun Rule the Road in Primetime Series "The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off"
The five-episode stunt launches Sunday, August 28 at 9:00/8:00c on Food Network.

[07/29/16 - 08:31 AM]
"Teen Choice 2016" and Rock the Vote Partner to Inspire Teens to Weigh in on Who Should Be the Next President
The results of the youth poll will be revealed during the live broadcast airing this Sunday, July 31 on FOX.

[07/28/16 - 06:45 PM]
TV One Premieres Film Festival Sensation "Jean of the Joneses" on Sunday, October 23 at 7 P.M. ET
The network's latest original movie centers on 25-year-old Jean, portrayed in a break-out performance by Taylour Paige, and her multi-generational, middle-class family of strong-minded yet loving women.

[07/28/16 - 02:30 PM]
Kobe Bryant to Present Decade Award to Justin Timberlake at "Teen Choice 2016," Airing Live This Sunday, July 31, on FOX!
Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, NE-YO, Chris Evans, Daisy Ridley, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson are also among the celebrities scheduled to appear.

[07/28/16 - 01:58 PM]
TV One Delivers a Knockout Punch with New Original Film "Ringside," Premiering Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 P.M. ET
The film stars Tyler Lepley as undefeated boxer Jaxon Holley and explores the personal battles he faces outside of the ring while preparing for the biggest fight of his career.