- 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 LISTENER.
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
targetbuys 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
"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
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
BellMedia 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:
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