Intense third season of the 'The Listener' will end with a 'bang,' says Craig Olejnik
It’s been an intense season of “The Listener” with Toby Logan joining the IIB full-time, high-stakes shootouts, bank heists and the death of a beloved character. And the Season 3 finale will be just as powerful, according to Craig Olejnik.
“I think we go out with a great bang, literally. The episode is called ‘The Shooting,’” says Olejnik, who plays Toby.
In the episode, which airs Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10/9C on CTV, Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) finds her career on the line after a bad tip leads to her taking down a suspect.
“It’s very, very serious,” says Olejnik. “She gets her badge taken away, her gun taken away and we’ve got to get it back.”
To save her job, she will have to prove she was set up – something that is priority No. 1 for Toby.
“This is where she and Toby really affirm their relationship and their commitment and trust in each other as partners and this is where you really begin to see them actually talk about their partnership and you see it means a lot to both of them. It’s a really good episode.”
The season finale comes on the heels of another shocking event on “The Listener” – the death of Toby’s friend and former girlfriend, Dr. Olivia Fawcett (Mylène Dinh-Robic).
In the episode titled “Lockdown,” a deadly virus breaks out at St. Luke’s Hospital and tragically takes the life of Olivia.
Olejnik says the effects of her death will be far-reaching for Toby.
“There’s an emptiness but there’s also a reality. Every day as a paramedic you see life and death and death has hit him again in a way – in Season 1 with (Detective) Charlie Marks death and now someone whom (he’s even closer with).
“It’s funny because as intimately as Olivia knew him while they were together, she didn’t know what he was able to do fully (in terms of being a telepath) so he always held that part back. It’s going to linger a little bit.”
And as hard as it is for his character Toby, Olejnik says it has also been difficult to say goodbye to Dinh-Robic on a personal level as the two actors have been working together since the show began.
“She’s a true creator, a true artist and she lives and breathes this. She was inspiring to work with. I’m going to miss that, 100 per cent. The great thing is I know she’s going to go off and make us jealous with what she gets up to.”
As well as the storyline with Michelle, the season finale will also feature more of Toby’s budding romantic relationship with reporter Tia Tremblay (Melanie Scrofano).
“He’s drawn to her because he can’t read her obviously and this is an unknown and everything in his life is known . . . and I think that’s speaking to him in the right way. He enjoys that,” says Olejnik.
“And possibly it’s the (curiosity) of why he can’t read her. Maybe he wants to discover that and in discovering that maybe he discovers a part of himself.”
Season 4 of “The Listener” will begin shooting later this fall and Olejnik says he can’t wait to get back to work and see everyone again.
“It’s going to be interesting with no Olivia . . . It’s going to be interesting seeing what Toby Logan’s life is like now, working entirely with the IIB. I want to see us go a little bit more into my past.”
As well as preparing to come back for “The Listener,” Olejnik has been working with Sick Kids Hospital to get the word out that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the PSA Olejnik shot here.
Watch the season finale of “The Listener” Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10/9C on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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