NBC Orders Canadian ‘Listener’
February 1, 2008 12:40 PM
Following through on NBC Universal President-CEO Jeff Zucker’s mandate to order shows direct to series, NBC has picked up 13 episodes of “The Listener.”
The drama, about a young man who can hear people’s thoughts, was greenlit by Canadian broadcaster CTV last month and is produced by Toronto’s Shaftesbury Films.
“We’re delighted that ‘The Listener’ will broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada,” said Christina Jennings, chairman-CEO of Shaftesbury Films. “There seems to be a new pattern emerging at American TV networks, which have lately become more open to working with production companies outside the U.S.”
That “new pattern” is due, of course, to the writers strike, which has caused network programmers to search beyond U.S. borders for original content. Earlier this week, CBS acquired 13 episodes of CTV’s upcoming drama series “Flashpoint.”