'Flashpoint' to end after upcoming fifth season
The fifth season of “Flashpoint” will be its last.
CTV confirmed Tuesday that Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment have chosen to end its award-winning hit series “Flashpoint” following the conclusion of the upcoming fifth season.
Production on the final 13 new episodes, which will air over the 2012 – 2013 season on CTV, is currently underway in Toronto, Ont.
“Producing ‘Flashpoint’ over the last five seasons has been an exceptional adventure,” said producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos. “We’ve been incredibly lucky to work with committed and supportive broadcast partners who have enabled us to reach many millions of fans across North America. While the series is still at its creative apex, we’ve decided to end the series on a high note, and give those fans the satisfaction of a fitting series conclusion in our 75th episode.”
“’Flashpoint’ has paved the way for other amazing Canadian productions, proving that if you make great television, Canadians will watch,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “As a network, we’re privileged to have been involved with this amazing series for five powerful seasons. We look forward to exploring new projects with the superlative creative team behind this transformative Canadian series.”
“Flashpoint,” which stars Hugh Dillon, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau and Sergio Di Zio, premiered on July 11, 2008 on CTV and CBS with 1.13 million viewers in Canada and 8.72 million viewers in the U.S. "Flashpoint" was the first Canadian series since “Due South” to air in network primetime in both Canada and the United States, leading the way for several other Canadian series to head south of the border and air on U.S. networks.
Over the next four seasons, “Flashpoint” went on to become a sure-fire hit, averaging 1.51 million viewers both in and out of simulcast.
By the time the series concludes its fifth season next year, 75 episodes of the hour-long series will have aired.
The show has been nominated 80 times for numerous awards, including the Gemini Awards, Directors Guild of Canada Awards, Writers Guild of Canada Awards, ACTRA and PRISM. The series has won 11 Gemini Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern), Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Kelly Makin), Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Enrico Colantoni), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (Sergio Di Zio).
As well as the U.S., “Flashpoint” is licensed in more than 100 territories worldwide, including Germany, France and the Netherlands.