- From Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions -
- Creator is Greg Nelson (SAVING HOPE/ROOKIE BLUE) -
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PASADENA, CA, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Welcome to the world of highly
skilled and brave detectives who give the word "undercover" a whole new
meaning. Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports, announced
today from the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena, CA that
CTV has ordered a new Canadian drama series from critically acclaimed
Muse Entertainment Enterprises and award-winning Back Alley Film
Productions. CTV has ordered thirteen, one-hour episodes of PLAYED (working title), an ensemble, procedural police drama that follows the
activities of the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit), a Toronto-based
police unit that goes undercover to infiltrate criminal organizations.
In each episode, the detectives perform a high-wire, nerve-wracking act
that requires a serious confidence game as they go undercover and
convince the bad guys that, they too, are criminals - all the while
trying to prevent their jobs from corroding their own lives.
The announcement follows CTV's pick-up today of the new Canadian comedy
series SATISFACTION. The two programs join CTV's burgeoning lineup of
original scripted series including MOTIVE, SAVING HOPE, and THE
PLAYED is developed for television by Gemini Award winning executive producers
Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman (BOMB GIRLS, DURHAM COUNTY),
Emmy®-Award nominated Michael Prupas (THE KENNEDYS, BEING HUMAN), and
Greg Nelson (SAVING HOPE), who is creator and co-showrunner with
Mitchell. PLAYED is set to begin production in Toronto this spring.
"PLAYED is a suspenseful, adrenaline-filled ride," said Phil King, President,
CTV Programming and Sports "This ensemble series will show viewers a
gritty and modern take on the gruelling life of undercover cops."
"PLAYED is a contest of wits between undercover cops and their targets. It's about
selling yourself as authentic, the anticipation of whether or not the
target buys you, and the threat of what they'll do to you if they
don't," said executive producers Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of
Back Alley Films.
"PLAYED will bring audiences into the world of undercover cops in a way that
they have never seen before. It is completely original and explosive.
We are extremely appreciative of the enthusiastic support of CTV in
launching this series in a very competitive scheduling environment,"
said Michael Prupas, President and CEO of Muse Entertainment.
PLAYED sees the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit) take on a new case and target
each week. The unit designs the operation and executes each case
undercover as they infiltrate criminal worlds, collect evidence, and
make arrests. The undercover CIU detectives build relationships with
bad guys, whether coaxing confessions, buying drugs and guns in covert
sting operations, infiltrating high finance scams, or immersing
themselves with a crew of bank robbers. Today's fast-paced times demand
equally rapid detective work: these cops work quickly, plunging into
the deep end and into high stakes scenarios with short, intense
timeframes. Then, after posing as various criminals, the members of the
CIU flip the switch and try and go home to their "normal" lives as
spouses and parents.
PLAYED is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film
Productions in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are
Adrienne Mitchell, Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas, and Greg Nelson, who
is also creator of the series. Adrienne Mitchell and Greg Nelson are
co-showrunners. Tom Hastings is production executive for Bell Media.
Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie
Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike
Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil
King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's
most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working
with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV
series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER,
and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV
are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED (working title), relationship
comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced,
complementary version of the hit international series, and a pilot for
the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell Media specialty
channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD,
and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media
ordered 26 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted
projects into development.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of
quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV
has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years
in a row. 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
@gregynels (Greg Nelson - Creator and Co-Showrunner)
For further information:
Allie Page, CTV, 416.384.4596 or firstname.lastname@example.org