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CBS to Bring CTV’s ‘Bridge’ to U.S.

Feb 19, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Inspired by the success of Canadian import “Flashpoint,” CBS has picked up 13 episodes of the Canadian TV series “The Bridge,” which it will again share with CTV.
The series was originally developed as a two-hour movie and backdoor pilot by CTV with E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Entertainment and Jonsworth Productions. Those companies will produce the series in association with CTV and CBS Paramount Network Television.
“The Bridge,” which will air on CBS and CTV next season, is about an insider and outspoken former Toronto police union head battling criminals and corruption. Production will begin in Toronto in late spring.
CBS and CTV teamed up last year for the Friday night drama “Flashpoint.”
“Like ‘Flashpoint,’ we see ‘The Bridge’ as a series that works creatively and financially for both our network and studio—and, importantly, for CBS Television viewers,” Nancy Tellem, president of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group, said in a statement. “Nina [Tassler] and David [Stapf] both consider ‘The Bridge’ a high-quality, compelling drama that fits with the network’s lineup and the studio’s roster, respectively. And we all look forward to working again with our creative partners at CTV. Together, we’ve already launched an exciting new show and a successful new model to deliver programming to the North American market.”

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