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Flashpoint is a Canadian police drama television series that debuted on July 11, 2008, on CTV in Canada and CBS in the United States. The series is broadcast on the French-language network V (formerly known as TQS) in Québec since March 9, 2009. The show was created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern and stars Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson and Hugh Dillon.
Flashpoint is about an elite tactical unit, called the Strategic Response Unit (SRU), within a Canadian metropolitan police force (styled on the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force). The SRU are tasked to resolve extreme situations that regular officers are not trained to handle including hostage-taking, bomb threats and heavily armed criminals. Equipped with high-tech tools and a cache of weapons and explosives, members use negotiation tactics and intuition to try to avoid the use of force.
As of September 2009, a total of 22 episodes have aired, split into two seasons. A third season is scheduled to air on CBS and CTV, which contains 9 episodes from the second production season.
The majority of the cast of Flashpoint are Canadians, including Enrico Colantoni, David Paetkau, Hugh Dillon, Sergio Di Zio, Michael Cram, Mark Taylor and Ruth Marshall. Amy Jo Johnson is the only American actress starring in the Canadian-made drama, who said that she had no problems being in Flashpoint despite announcing to the press that she was already pregnant with her first child with her fiancé Oliver Giner during initial production of Flashpoint.
Flashpoint began life as a part of a CTV project that encouraged actors to submit scripts to the network. The original Flashpoint script (known earlier as Sniper and Critical Incident) was for a two-hour TV movie. CTV's interest in the project led to Flashpoint being reworked as a regular CTV series which was approved in mid-December 2007.
The show was unaffected by the 2007-08 WGA strike because WGC rules allow any members of the WGC living in Canada, including writers with dual WGA/WGC membership, to write for Canadian productions. Writers living in the USA with dual WGA/WGC membership were required to get a waiver from the WGA in order to work on Canadian productions during the strike.
Although originally developed for a Canadian audience, it was announced on January 29, 2008 that American network CBS had purchased the rights to air the series in the United States, making it the first Canadian TV series aired in prime time on a US broadcast network since Due South, also a CTV show aired by CBS. In addition, Flashpoint is the first Canadian series aired by a major US broadcast network that is set entirely in Canada (as Due South was primarily set in Chicago but filmed in Toronto).
On March 5, 2008, CBS announced that Flashpoint would premiere on that network in July 2008. CTV announced on May 8, 2008 that it would simulcast the show in Canada beginning on July 11, 2008.
Flashpoint began filming 13 episodes on April 17, 2008. It is written and created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern and executive produced by multiple Gemini Award-winner Anne Marie La Traverse for Pink Sky Entertainment and Bill Mustos for Avamar Entertainment in association with the CTV Television Network and CBS Television Studios (formerly CBS Paramount Network Television).
The pilot episode titled "Scorpio" was based on an actual event that occurred in Toronto in 2004 in which a gun-wielding hostage taker was shot and killed by an Emergency Task Force sniper. Ellis and Morgenstern wrote their teleplay for the episode after interviewing members of the ETF.
Director David Frazee carefully shoots the SRU as one unit in order to show their unity throughout the show. Producer Anne Marie La Traverse said that the show would take people to their "own personal flash point." David Paetkau, one of the show's regular cast members, said Flashpoint "tries to capture the human element involved in policing and discusses how some officers end up with emotional baggage and suffering with mental illnesses like post traumatic stress disorder." Input and advice from various ETF personnel were used in the making of the series.
On August 25, 2008, CTV announced it had renewed the show for a second season of 13 episodes to begin production in Toronto in early 2009. Some months later, both CTV and CBS increased the renewal to 18 episodes. According to tvguide.com CBS announced that Flashpoint would return January 9, 2009 at 9pm for a midseason start. In the United States and Canada, the remaining four episodes that were originally produced for season 1 aired as a part of season 2. CTV in Canada originally considered these episodes as part of season 1; however, after the airing of the fourth episode (which was originally considered the final episode of season 1), CTV changed the labeling of these four episodes, matching CBS in the United States as being considered part of season 2.
According to Enrico Colantoni, the setting for the show is never identified.
Scenes feature the CN Tower, countless Toronto landmarks, a fictional Toronto Interpreter newspaper (designed in the style of the Toronto Star, though "The Star" was mentioned during the premiere of Season 3), Canadian mailboxes, Canada's flag on uniforms and Toronto Transit Commission subway stations and railcars, and the occasional Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Ontario Provincial Police patrol cars. Most police cars used in the show are in fact Toronto police vehicles, though camera angles never show 'Toronto' printed on the side of the vehicles. Dialogue also references Tim Hortons, and local streets such as Yonge and Queen Streets, as well as communities within the Greater Toronto Area (Rosedale, Woodbridge, Rexdale, Markham). . In the first episode, someone mentions that the character Sam Braddock, was in JTF2 which is a Canadian Forces Special Operations Unit. In "Between Heartbeats", a shooting victim is carried to an ambulance by a paramedic whose shirt reads "Toronto EMS Paramedic", implying that Flashpoint is set in Toronto. Police forces in York and Durham Regions are mentioned in "Exit Wounds". In addition to the episode, an Ontario license plate is seen with 'NH5R 578' on it.
Bill Mustos, founder of co-production company Avamar Entertainment, points out that "you’re not going to see a show that is screaming ‘Canada.’ It’s a show in a big sophisticated urban city where crises take place. The stories we’re trying to tell are universal stories." CTV's press release regarding the series does identify Toronto, and notes that the SRU is based on Toronto's Emergency Task Force.
The music of Hugh Dillon and Amy Jo Johnson has been used in the show's soundtrack. Johnson's "Dancing In-between" was used in the ending of episode 6 "Attention Shoppers" and Dillon's "Lost at Sea" was used to conclude the 8th episode, "Never Kissed a Girl". The show's 30-second theme was written by Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner.
All SRU gear and props are supplied by the Movie Armaments Group of Toronto.
 Ratings and reception in Canada and the United States
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The pilot episode was watched on CTV by 1.11 million viewers, earning the #1 spot in its timeslot.
Flashpoint drew in 1,216,000 viewers from July 28 to August 3 of 2008. It gained a bit more audience when the show drew in 1,300,000 viewers. In ratings from February 23 to March 1 of 2009, Flashpoint has been watched by 1,339,000 viewers.
CTV announced that Flashpoint's third season would air in the fall of 2009 on Friday nights at 10 pm ET. These episodes would not be simulcast with CBS. After CBS delayed broadcasting the episodes from summer 2009 to mid-season 2010, CTV backed off its commitment to fall 2009 and has now indicated it doesn't know when Flashpoint will return in Canada.
Two Flashpoint episodes, Attention Shoppers and Who's George?, were nominated as finalists in the 2009 WGC Screenwriting Awards.
CTV announced in late August that the third season of Flashpoint will premiere in Canada on September 25, 2009. This will mark the first time CTV will broadcast new Flashpoint episodes out of simulcast with CBS in the United States.
 United States
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BC TV Review said Flashpoint is a different kind of cop show, since it portrays human emotions and how their actions would make the audience empathize with them. The Boston Globe praised the show for using emotions that "lingers on the psychic toll that such high-tension work can take." As an example, a recent episode has the team shoot a bank robber who is stealing money for the Alzheimer's treatment of his elderly ill wife, which is presented as sad but necessary. Shooting the bereft senior citizen whose wife is going to be evicted from the senior citizen's home for lack of funds is troublesome for the team. The pilot episode was watched on CBS by 8.23 million people, earning the #1 ranking for the hour.
According to Flashpoint executive Bill Mustos in August 2008, the success of the show in the US was not due to the Writer's Guild strikes, but mainly because of the need of having a new kind of show on television.
Flashpoint did well in its initial airings on Friday nights (in the time slot normally given to NUMB3RS), building on the lead-in from that show. In fact, it drew more viewers on Friday nights than Swingtown, another new drama, did on the normally busier Thursday nights, which prompted CBS to move Flashpoint to Thursday nights in an attempt to further build its audience.
On December 2, 2008, CBS announced that they would begin airing the second season of Flashpoint on January 9, 2009.
A third season of Flashpoint was to have aired as a midseason replacement during CBS's 2009–2010 schedule; however, CBS announced it would air these episodes during the summer of 2009 beginning on July 17, 2009 instead of its previously announced 2010 timetable. On July 7, 2009, CBS has rescinded its decision, and the show will air at midseason after all. These will be the same episodes that CTV will broadcast in Canada during the fall 2009 season.
 International distribution
Flashpoint is being distributed by Alchemy Television and Tele München Group to all international markets outside of North America. Already in July 2008, it was announced that the two distributors had sold the series to TV networks in 50 countries outside Canada and the US, among them TVNZ in New Zealand, ITV3 in the United Kingdom and networks in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Latin America.
By December 2008, only nine of the 13 episodes produced during the series' first season had been aired in North America, although all 13 episodes had been aired by New Zealand's TVNZ (TV2) as of December 10, 2008.
The Australian premiere occurred on January 11, 2009 when Nine Network took the unusual step of screening the second episode in isolation ahead of the season after a major cricket telecast, in a relatively late Sunday night timeslot. Nine aired the show on Wednesday nights, its regular time slot, where episodes were erratically shown out of their intended order. Nine has now since removed Flashpoint from its schedule due to struggling ratings.
 DVD releases
Season one of Flashpoint was released on DVD in Europe (Region 2) by ITC DVD on April 13, 2009, and in Australia (Region 4) by Hopscotch Entertainment on April 16, 2009.
Season one will be released on DVD in Region 1 on October 13, 2009 by CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment) in the United States and in Canada on both DVD and Blu-Ray by Phase 4 Films.
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