An ensemble police drama and new comedy series coming to CTV
An ensemble police procedural and a new comedy series about friends and relationships are coming to CTV.
“Played,” a dramatic series that follows the activities of the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit), a Toronto-based police unit that goes undercover to infiltrate criminal organizations, has been given a 13-episode order, the network announced Thursday.
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.
“’Played’ is a suspenseful, adrenaline-filled ride,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports, in a prepared release. “This ensemble series will show viewers a gritty and modern take on the gruelling life of undercover cops.”
“Played,” which is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions in association with Bell Media, is set to begin production in Toronto this spring.
The announcement follows CTV’s pick-up 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.”
“Satisfaction” takes a humorous look at a group of friends who are completely uninhibited as they share their relationship woes and romantic wins, life crises, and personal ambitions. Dedicated single man Mark (Ryan Belleville) hustles the dating scene while his best friends and long-term couple Jason (Luke MacFarlane) and Maggie (Stephanie Lemelin) work at keeping the sparks flying as they face the day-to-day challenges of being in a committed relationship. Neighbours Nancy (Leah Renee) and Dan (Vik Sahay) have a marriage that proves that, while opposites can definitely attract, it can also deliver some seriously epic volatility.
“From the wild singles scene, to the rewards and worries of a monogamous commitment, ‘Satisfaction’ offers a candid and hilarious take on modern romantic relationships from a ‘bromance’ perspective,” said King.
Production on “Satisfaction,” which is produced by DHX Media is association with CTV, is set to begin in late spring. Twelve half-hour episodes, in addition to the pilot shot last fall in Toronto, have been ordered.