I’d never make it as a Flashpoint sniper. My aim is off.
Take this post for example: too late to remind folks in the East, but if you’re in Central or Pacific time, you can still catch the final season premiere of CTV’s flagship Canadian drama.
There are 12 more episodes, with the series building to one crazy-ass, action-filled finale scheduled for December.
I was on the Toronto set as this series–originally titled Sniper–was shooting its final scenes last June. All of the blather below is condensed from a previous post from that late spring visit.
In some ways, Flashpoint was more than just a TV show. It was launched right when
Executive producers Anne Marie la Traverse and Bill Mustos admit the mantle of being the not-so-little show that could was a burden at times. Both became experts in finessing their show through network meetings with Americans–and have the scars to prove it.
Both also said the show could have gone on. CTV wanted more–the series averaged 1.51 million viewers in and out of simulcast last season–but neither wanted to come back for a sixth season with a smaller cast, or less production values. The decision was made to end it a year early, rather than a year late.
For showrunners Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, this is a sad, triumphant, emotional week. Suddenly it was all ending; bits of set and wardrobe were being sold off to crew members on tables in the hallway.
I spoke with them on the set and they seemed dazed at simply arriving at this point, as if they had been abducted by aliens and now released in some sort of Close Encounters moment. They had poured a lot into the last six years into making what they saw all along as an irresistible cop show. The fact that it all happened is still sinking in.
I grabbed a few minutes with Enrico Colantoni and he spoke about the great joy he felt to have this closure with a series–the first time he’s had that experience. Just Shoot Me, Veronica Mars, ZOS, all left hanging.
Rico is one of those guys everyone respects, just a warm guy, a very generous and sensitive leader, and a hell of an actor.
He and Hugh Dillon had so much fun playing cops and robbers they’re going to keep playing together, having formed a production company named after their deal at home as kids growing up–Latchkey Productions. They’ve already made a short film and have a series in development.
Dillon looks too at home in his special forces duds to hang ’em up. He savored the moment Monday, proud of the work and feeling blessed about his life, giving thanks, as he has said to me before, to his wife for screwing his rock star head back on and pointing him in the right direction. He talked about the rush of seeing all those billboard and bus shelter ads, of knowing they were a hit while they were half way through that first season.
American or Canadian, a great TV series is one that not only touches you, but that you can touch. Flashpoint will go out this fall with that embraceable quality intact. It deserves all the closure it can get.