'Flashpoint's' Hugh Dillon will miss the on-set camaraderie most of all
Actor Hugh Dillon believes there can be too much of a good thing and that’s why he’s not mourning the announcement that “Flashpoint’s” fifth season will be its last.
“I think it ends right where it should,” Dillon, who plays team leader and head sniper Ed Lane, said on a recent set visit. “You don’t want to repeat yourself. You don’t want to dilute any of it. Now, people get to say, ‘That show was outrageously great and how come it ended?’ That’s how you want to leave it!”
Producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos agree, having announced they decided to conclude their series at its “creative apex.”
“Producing ‘Flashpoint’ over the last five seasons has been an exceptional adventure,” they said in a recent statement. “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.”
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).
Shooting the show, that first aired in 2008 in Toronto gave Dillon a reason to “come back home” after living in Los Angeles. “I thought I knew this city, because I played in the Headstones for years – I knew all the bars, that’s for sure – but shooting five seasons really opened up the city for me,” he says.
“I’ve been to all of those roof tops,” he says, gesturing to the skyline of Toronto. “Any place you can point at we’ve shot at!”
In addition to Dillon, “Flashpoint” has an impressive list of talent: Enrico Colantoni as Gregory Parker, the team sergeant and head negotiator; Amy Jo Johnson as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan, secondary negotiator and rappelling expert; David Paetkau as Sam Braddock, the hot-shot sniper on the team; and Sergio Di Zio as Mike “Spike” Scarlatti, explosives and tactical toys expert.
When asked what he’ll miss the most when the show wraps, Dillon doesn’t miss a beat – “The camaraderie.”
“We’re a family,” he says. “It’s so warm and everyone works so hard and works so well together.”
And it’s not just the core cast and crew that makes the “Flashpoint” set such a supportive and inspiring work environment.
“Canadian actors, from L.A. and England and all over the world fly home to guest star. To me, that’s incredible.”