After Last Year's Most-Watched Season Ever, Canadians Are All Ears as THE
LISTENER Returns for Season 4, May 29 on CTV
- Shot in Vancouver, Season 4 premiere features special appearance by JUNO
Award nominated indie band, Walk Off The Earth -
- Season 4 guest stars include Justin Chatwin, Jewel Staite, Michael
Filipowich, Michael Cram, Gabrielle Miller, Erin Karpluk, Krystin Pellerin,
and Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou -
- Original digital series DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH to premiere with first
episode of THE LISTENER exclusively on CTV.ca, CTV App, and CTV Mobile -
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TORONTO, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Following its most-watched season yet, CTV's hit
Original Series THE LISTENER returns with a mind-bending Season 4 premiere
Wednesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Mobile. In the all-new
season, which travels to Vancouver for the first time in the season premiere,
telepath Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) works hard to sharpen his police skills as
a full-time Special Consultant with the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB).
Also this season, Ingrid Kavelaars (WHISTLER) joins the cast as Nichola
Martell, the ambitious new police superintendent.
DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH, an original digital extension of THE LISTENER, will
also premiere Wednesday, May 29 on CTV.ca/TheListener, CTV App, and CTV
Mobile. Bell Media's first digital series to feature broadcast tie-ins,
episodes of DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH will roll out once per week concurrently
with new episodes of THE LISTENER.
With an impressive Season 3 average audience of 1.2 million viewers, THE
LISTENER has achieved year-over-year audience growth every year since it
debuted in 2009. The home-grown hit saw double-digit growth in Season 3 from
Season 2 with A18-34 (+32%), A18-49 (+19%), and total viewers (+16%). Last
season was also the drama's most-watched premiere, finale, and overall
audience on record for the series.
"Following its most-watched season yet, Season 4 offers complex character
development and talented guest stars that will continue to entertain viewers
and entice new 'listeners' across the country," said Mike Cosentino, Senior
Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks, Bell Media.
** Media Note ** Download new photos from THE LISTENER at BellMediaPR.ca
In the Season 4 premiere episode entitled "Blast from the Past", Toby (Craig
Olejnik) and Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) are sent to Vancouver to investigate
after a string of high-tech thefts spreads west. Toby is surprised when he
crosses paths with his ex-girlfriend Lori Black (Jewel Staite, THE L.A.
COMPLEX) who may be connected to the potential suspect. 2013 JUNO
Award-nominated indie band Walk Off The Earth makes a special guest appearance
in the episode.
In Season 4, Toby's personal life also heats up as his relationship grows with
crime reporter Tia Tremblay (Melanie Scrofano, BEING ERICA), who is
inexplicably the one person he can't read. Life will be no less dramatic for
Toby's colleagues as Sgt. Michelle McCluskey struggles through a complicated
marriage with her husband, while IIB head Alvin Klein (Peter Stebbings,
MADISON) attempts to protect himself and his team from the political
manoeuvrings of the ambitious new police superintendent, Nichola Martell.
Meanwhile, new director of emergency services Oz Bey (Ennis Esmer, THE L.A.
COMPLEX) realizes that being the boss is harder than he expected.
Season 4 also welcomes a stellar list of guest stars including Justin Chatwin
(SHAMELESS), Michael Filipowich (24), Michael Cram (FLASHPOINT), Gabrielle
Miller (CORNER GAS), Erin Karpluk (BEING ERICA), Krystin Pellerin (REPUBLIC OF
DOYLE), and Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou.
In THE LISTENER's digital companion series DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH, series
characters Oz (Ennis Esmer) and Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn) work with local
reporter Missy (Stephanie Anne Mills, Come Dance with Me) to uncover the
secret behind a "Jane Doe's" death and the mysterious key she left behind. All
clues lead to a deadly virus outbreak set to take place at a high-stakes ping
pong competition. Mills makes her debut in the digital series premiere (May
29) before joining the broadcast cast in Episode 2.
DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH is THE LISTENER's second digital series following
THE SWITCH, which featured Craig Olejnik and Ennis Esmer in a Season 3
THE LISTENER by the Numbers
With four seasons wrapped, below are 10 interesting facts about CTV's THE
-- 7,280 - total amount of extras used to film the series
-- 2,000 - production jobs created
-- 600+ - earplugs used by the crew for on-set explosions during
-- 542 - total guest stars and speaking roles
-- 364 - shooting days for all 4 seasons
-- 250+ - cups of coffee (actually tea) Toby (Craig Olejnik)
drinks in Season 4
-- 200+ - total locations used
-- 125 - ties worn by Dev (Rainbow Francks) in Season 4
-- 27 - writers over the past four seasons
-- 16 - directors over the past four seasons
-- Number of minds read…countless!
Viewers can catch encore episodes of THE LISTENER Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT
on CTV (visitCTV.ca for local broadcast times), and Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on
Bravo beginning June 7 (visitbravo.cafor local broadcast times). Following
its television broadcast, viewers can also catch up on full episodes of THE
LISTENER across CTV's digital platforms on CTV.ca, the CTV App, CTV Mobile
available on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners.
The ensemble cast of THE LISTENER includes Craig Olejnik as Toby Logan;
Gemini-nominated Lauren Lee Smith as IIB Sergeant Michelle McCluskey; Ennis
Esmer as director of emergency services Oz Bey; Rainbow Sun Francks (STARGATE
ATLANTIS) as Corp. Dev Clark, McCluskey's computer maven partner; Peter
Stebbings as Alvin Klein, the head of the IIB; and Tara Spencer-Nairn (CORNER
GAS) as Sandy, Oz's girlfriend and St. Luke Hospital's triage nurse, who runs
the floor with military precision.
THE LISTENER is produced by Shaftesbury in association with CTV and Fox
International Channels. The series is executive produced by Christina
JenningsandScott Garvie for Shaftesbury, and Karen Troubetzkoy (18 TO
LIFE) and Peter Mohan(LOST GIRL,THE BRIDGE), who serves as Season 4
showrunner. Sharon Tal Yguado is Executive Producer for Fox International
Channels. Tom Hastings and Rebecca DiPasquale are Production Executives for
Bell Media. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media and
Corrie Coeis Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike
Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks, Bell Media.
Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter: @listenertv @heyennisshutup - Ennis Esmer @L_L_S - Lauren Lee Smith
@TSpencerNairn - Tara Spencer-Nairn @RainbowFrancks - Rainbow Sun Francks
@IngridKavelaars - Ingrid Kavelaars
With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an award-winning
producer and distributor of original content for television and multiple
platforms in more than 120 countries. Shaftesbury's slate includes four
seasons of THE LISTENER for CTV and Fox International Channels; seven seasons
of MURDOCH MYSTERIES for Citytv, UKTV, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and
most recently CBC; the global hit kids' series LIFE WITH DEREK; Ken
Finkleman's irreverent comedy series GOOD GOD; and compelling one-hour
documentaries including WHY MEN CHEAT. Shaftesbury's groundbreaking digital
media division, Smokebomb Entertainment, creates convergent experiences for
television and original, multiplatform content including the upcoming digital
comedy series Backpackers for CTV and CW Digital; 3D science fiction series
State of Syn and the International Emmy-nominated Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse
of the Lost Pharaohs. Visit us online at http://www.shaftesbury.ca and
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, MOTIVE, and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game
changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series PLAYED,
relationship comedy SATISFACTION, multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, and THE
AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit
international series. Among the scripted series on Bell Media specialty
channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, ORPHAN BLACK, and
upcoming drama BITTEN, as well as reality series PANIC BUTTON and BRAVE NEW
GIRL. In total, Bell Media ordered 27 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.
Source: Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Mark II
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