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The Listener (TV series)

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The Listener is a Canadian fantasy drama created by Michael Amo The series stars Craig Olejnik as Toby Logan, a paramedic with telepathic powers, who finds himself consulting with law enforcement to make a change in the world by helping others while listening to the thoughts of victims and criminals, and seeing images that they saw

The series was broadcast in Canada on CTV and was produced by Shaftesbury Films, in conjunction with CTV and Fox International Channels

The series premiered on CTV on June 3, 2009 CTV renewed the series for four more seasons, each consisting of 13 episodes, premiering February 8, 2011, May 30, 2012, May 29, 2013, and May 26, 2014 In August 2014, CTV announced that they had cancelled the show The series finale aired on August 18, 2014

Contents

  • 1 Plot
    • 11 Season One 2009
    • 12 Season Two 2011
    • 13 Season Three 2012
    • 14 Season Four 2013
    • 15 Season Five 2014
  • 2 Production
  • 3 Cast
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Crossover
  • 6 Broadcast
  • 7 DVD release
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Plot

Main article: List of The Listener episodes

Season One 2009

Toby is a 28-year-old first year paramedic who never knew his father and grew up in foster homes Until now, Toby has kept his abilities to listen to people's surface thoughts and have premonitions a secret and the only one he has shared it with is his old counsellor and confidant, Dr Ray Mercer Colm Feore, prior to the series' first episode While he crosses the city of Toronto in his ambulance with his partner Osman "Oz" Bey Ennis Esmer, Toby helps people in crisis and on the way come to terms with his own past With the help of Detective Charlie Marks Lisa Marcos and his on-and-off girlfriend Olivia Fawcett Mylène Dinh-Robic, an ER doctor, Toby realizes that his gift can serve to help other people

Season Two 2011

It's a year and a half later and Toby has finally come to terms with his telepathic powers and is still working with his paramedic partner Osman Bey While assisting with an undercover case investigated by the Integrated Investigative Bureau a special unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Toby reveals his gift to Sgt Michelle McCluskey Lauren Lee Smith Despite her initial skepticism, she realises that Toby's special abilities could be her team's secret weapon So alongside his paramedic work Toby joins Michelle and other members of the IIB to help solve some of their most difficult and high-profile cases ranging from suspicious homicides to cases of arms dealing But the price to pay for having such a gift is the emotional and physical effects of delving into some of the most deranged criminal minds out there and it is his old flame Dr Olivia Fawcett who helps him deal with his problems

Season Three 2012

Toby stopped being a confidential informant for IIB after Liz Simmons was killed He had been having intense headaches that Olivia said could kill him He finds himself in trouble again after he goes into the bank that's about to be robbed He makes the decision to go into the bank after withdrawing cash and Michelle and Dev race to team up with him and prevent the robbery Klein finds out about his abilities after he demands to know why Michelle and Dev are so overprotective of Toby It isn't until after the guard who was shot tells Michelle personal details about the robbers that he begins to believe it He makes a deal to start a unit for cases that are either cold and/or can't be solved by normal procedures Toby joins IIB as a special consultant, working for the IIB the majority of the time, while picking up shifts as a paramedic

Season Four 2013

Bell Media announced the series was ordered for a fourth season on July 25, 2012 It premiered May 29, 2013 in Canada Toby’s personal life heats up as his relationship grows with crime reporter Tia Tremblay Melanie Scrofano, who is inexplicably the one person he can’t read Sgt Michelle McCluskey struggles through a complicated marriage with her husband Kris Holden-Ried, while IIB head Alvin Klein Peter Stebbings attempts to protect himself and his team from the political maneuverings of the ambitious new police superintendent, Nichola Martell Ingrid Kavelaars Meanwhile, new director of emergency services Oz Bey realizes that being the boss is harder than he expected

Season Five 2014

On October 7, 2013, CTV renewed the series for a fifth and final season consisting of 13 episodes It premiered in Canada on Monday, May 26, 2014, and ended when the series finale episode #65 aired at 9 pm ET on Monday, August 18, 2014

Series star Craig Olejnik said in a ctvca finale interview that "I think executive producer Peter Mohan and the writers did a good job of wrapping up some of the bigger ideas that we have presented Something comes full circle that people have been waiting for, for a long time"

In this season, Michelle becomes the mother of a little girl with her husband Adam, whereas Dev begins to be interested in Alex Kendrick, a new scientist working for IIB Oz left his job of paramedic and is now the owner of a restaurant, and Toby continues his relationship with Tia Klein gets a promotion and leaves the head of the team to somebody that Toby already knows

Production

The series is produced by Shaftesbury Films, in conjunction with CTV seasons 1-4, Space seasons 1-2, and Fox International Channels seasons 2-4

The series was created by Michael Amo The pilot episode was directed by Clement Virgo Production began in spring 2008

Production for the second season began in September 2010 and ended February 2011

With the delayed second season came several production changes The entire writing staff was replaced, Michael Amo and Dennis Heaton have been replaced by Jason Sherman and Wil Zmak

In terms of storylines and overall tone, star Craig Olejnik has said that "season two is more mature, stronger, smoother, and it really picks up it really moves into a whole new world" Examples of this "new world" include the ways in which Toby finds himself in cases In season one, the majority of cases in which Toby was involved were approached by Toby That is, Toby, as a paramedic, was called to a location and found himself wrapped inside of a case On the other hand, season two sees Toby approached by Sergeant McCluskey on most cases In addition, season one had more of a mysterious, conspiracy sci-fi theme whereas season two has, as star Lauren Lee Smith states, "no real sci-fi aspect to it It’s a guy who can read people’s minds and he helps the cops out with that" Season two nearly abandons Toby's search for his mother and an understanding of his powers Colm Feore's character is gone, and the telepathic link is only through Toby solving crimes Rather than try to discover what has happened to his mother and to learn more about his psychic sense, Toby "further embraces his telepathic powers to help solve criminal investigations" Season three continues the strictly procedural trend, with Toby becoming more officially involved with Sgt McCluskey's position in IIB

Cast

Reception

In Italy, The Listener not only grew the timeslot average by 470%, according to research company Auditel/AGB, but it was the second-most watched show ever on Fox

In the US, NBC pulled the show off the air after the July 23, 2009 airing of the episode "Inside the Man" due to low ratings

Crossover

In episode 8 of the third season, The Listener crossed over with Flashpoint when the character Michaelangelo "Spike" Scarlatti crossed over in a brief scene in which he was leaving the hospital after getting medical attention and interacted with Osman "Oz" Bey who had just brought a patient to the hospital

Broadcast

Fox International Channels premiered the series in the first week of March 2009 simultaneously in over 180 territories, making it the first-ever global premiere This also meant that the series premiered three months before it premiered in Canada and the US

The series premiered on NBC in the US on June 4, 2009 The series was dropped after airing 7 episodes of the 13 episode season due to poor ratings, with the remaining episodes being made available for viewing online at NBCcom and Hulucom In 2011, it was announced that Ion Television had purchased the rights to the first two seasons of the series to be aired in 2012, with an option to purchase successive seasons Then in 2014, ION Television signed on to become co-producer to the show In November 2014, ION Television acquired the rights to Season 5

The series premiered on FX in the UK on March 8, 2009, with season two returning March 1, 2011

The series premiered on GO! in Australia on March 3, 2010 However, it was taken off the air twice due to low ratings The series was later purchased by SoHo formerly W who have broadcast the first three seasons Season 4 premiered on SoHo on August 5, 2013, with season 5 returning August 4, 2014

DVD release

Season one of The Listener was released on DVD in the UK for Region 2 and Region 4 on September 13, 2010 The release date for season one to be released for Region 1 is yet to be announced, as well as the release of consecutive seasons for all regions

See also

  • Television in Canada portal
  • Medium
  • Seeing Things
  • Tru Calling

References

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  2. ^ a b "NBC cancels Canadian co-production The Listener - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News" CBC News July 17, 2009 Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  3. ^ Harris, Bill November 17, 2009 "'The Listener' gets renewed Columnists Opinion Toronto Sun" Toronto Sun Retrieved June 1, 2013 
  4. ^ "The Listener - News - Season 2 of 'The Listener' returns Feb 8 on CTV - CTV" CTV January 28, 2011 Retrieved June 1, 2013 
  5. ^ "Flashpoint - News - New seasons ordered for 'Flashpoint', 'The Listener' and 'The Borgias' - CTV" CTV June 1, 2011 Retrieved June 1, 2013 
  6. ^ a b "The Listener - News - A 'Flashpoint' crossover and the death of a major character in store on Season 3 of 'The Listener' - CTV" CTV May 2, 2012 Retrieved June 1, 2013 
  7. ^ "The Listener - News - 'The Listener' and 'Saving Hope' renewed for new seasons- CTV" CTV July 25, 2012 Retrieved June 14, 2013 
  8. ^ "The Listener - News 'The Listener renewed for Season 5; challenges ahead for Toby Logan - CTV" CTV October 10, 2013 Retrieved October 14, 2013 
  9. ^ "CTV congratulates 'The Listener' on five incredible seasons as series finale confirmed to air August 18" CTV August 8, 2014 Retrieved August 8, 2014 
  10. ^ "Foggy Notion" The Listener Season 1 Episode 6 April 7, 2009 
  11. ^ "The Listener - Shows" FXUKcom 2009-10-12 Retrieved 2011-03-02 
  12. ^ "CTV Orders New Seasons of Hit Canadian Dramas THE LISTENER and SAVING HOPE" Bell Media July 25, 2012 
  13. ^ "Canadians are all ears as 'The Listener' returns for Season 4 on May 29" Bell Media Retrieved May 19, 2013 
  14. ^ http://wwwctvca/TheListener/Articles/News/listener_series_finale_craig_olejnik_mixed_emotionaspx
  15. ^ "Breaking News - NBC picks up 'The Listener' -- CTV's Original Drama Series from Shaftesbury Films TheFutonCriticcom" The Futon Critic February 1, 2008 Retrieved June 1, 2013 
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  18. ^ "NBC picks up "The Listener" - CTV's original drama series from Shaftesbury Films" The Futon Critic 2008-02-01 
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  21. ^ Tyrone Warner 2011-02-10 "Q&A with the newest star of The Listener, Lauren Lee Smith" CTV Retrieved 2011-06-13 
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  27. ^ Vlessing, Etan December 4, 2011 "ION Television Acquires 'The Listener' - The Hollywood Reporter" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  28. ^ Andreeva, Nellie February 24, 2014 "'The Listener' To Become ION Original Series As Network Joins As Co-Producer" Deadlinecom 
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External links

  • Official CTV site for The Listener
  • Official Fox International Channels site for The Listener
  • Official NBC site for the Listener
  • The Listener on IMDb
  • The Listener at The TV IV
  • The Listener at TVcom
  • The Listener at Epguidescom

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