The following is a list of the upcoming summer programming in chronological order (all times ET):
ABC and Global have jointly announced the renewal of the summer’s popular drama series, “Rookie Blue,” for a third season. Season Three is currently in development and will move into production in Toronto later this summer.
For ABC, the series ranks No. 1 in Thursday’s 10 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 this summer, finishing No. 1 in its time slot on each of its three original telecasts. Moving to the 10 o’clock hour in its sophomore season, “Rookie Blue” is producing year-to-year gains for ABC, improving by 8% in Total Viewers and by 14% in Adults 18-49 from the Net’s Summer ’10 averages in the hour. In fact, with viewers and young adults, “Rookie Blue’s” sophomore season premiere (on June 23) posted ABC’s best summer numbers in the hour with regular programming since August 2008 (August 7).
“Rookie Blue” was developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor Entertainment One. The series is executive-produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (“Flashpoint”), Ilana Frank (“The Eleventh Hour,” “Would Be Kings”), Noreen Halpern (“Hung,” “Call Me Fitz”), John Morayniss (“The Firm,” “Haven”) and David Wellington (“The Eleventh Hour,” “Would Be Kings”).
“Rookie Blue” follows five young and ambitious rookie cops who navigate the emotional trials and tribulations of their professional and personal lives. Last summer these rookies hit the streets for the first time with their training officers and learned how to walk the thin blue line. Now the training wheels are off – more experienced, they’re ready to kick some serious butt. But these rookies are just beginning to realize there are no shortcuts to becoming good at this job. And when you’re a rookie officer, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Shot entirely on location in Toronto, “Rookie Blue” stars Missy Peregrym as Andy McNally, Gregory Smith as Dov Epstein, Charlotte Sullivan as Gail Peck, Enuka Okuma as Traci Nash, Travis Milne as Chris Diaz, Ben Bass as Sam Swarek and Eric Johnson as Detective Luke Callaghan. Also starring in the series is Melanie Nicholls-King as Noelle Williams, Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw, Noam Jenkins as Detective Jerry Barber and Lyric Bent as Frank Best.
“Rookie Blue” airs Thursdays at 10:00 p.m., ET on ABC. In Thursday’s July 14 episode, “Heart & Sparks,” as the 15th Division tries to recover from the attack on Detective Callagan, a series of arsons culminates in the torching of a laundromat. The list of suspects grows, as Chris and Gail take to the streets and encounter a man from Chris’ past, while Traci interrogates a young firebug found at the arson scene. Meanwhile, Andy’s effort to stop the grieving widow from entering the burnt-out laundromat results in the two women being trapped in the unstable building, and what seems like a straightforward case of arson ends up being something much bigger.
“Rookie Blue” is available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online. For more information on “Rookie Blue,” please visit ABC.com.
ABC and Canwest jointly announced today the renewal of this summer’s No. 1 new scripted series, “Rookie Blue.” The drama was renewed for a second season just three weeks following its highly rated premiere on ABC.
“Rookie Blue” stands as the most-watched television show in summer’s Thursday’s 9:00 p.m. hour. Sparked by this positive viewer response to the series, the second season is currently in development and will move into production in Toronto later this summer.
“We’re very pleased that the show has connected with viewers, especially considering the challenge of finding an audience in the summer, and are excited to pick it up for a second season,” said Quinn Taylor, senior vice president, Movies, Miniseries and Acquisitions, ABC Entertainment Group.
“We are so proud of ‘Rookie Blue’s’ amazing success and are thrilled to announce its renewal alongside ABC,” said Barbara Williams, executive vice-president of Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “This homegrown series has delivered record-setting audiences, and we’re looking forward to giving fans even more of these fresh characters and gripping storylines in Season Two.”
“The creative troika of Tassie, David and Ilana is the secret behind the out-of-the-gate success of ‘Rookie Blue,’ ” said Noreen Halpern, president of Dramatic Programming, E1 Television. “They tell heartfelt, immersive human stories burnished with a sexy, glossy pop sheen. We’re thrilled that the stars seem to have aligned on this project, and that Canwest and ABC have been such incredible partners.”
For ABC, the new series ranks second on Thursday night among the broadcast networks to Fox’s time slot veteran, “So You Think You Can Dance,” among young adults (AD18-34/AD18-49). In Adults 18-49, “Rookie Blue’s” premiere telecast stands as TV’s top-rated summer scripted series debut in over a year and as ABC’s highest in nearly six years – since 5/26/09 and 7/18/04, respectively. “Rookie Blue” is producing year-to-year gains for ABC in the hour of 4.2 million viewers and 125% in Adults 18-49 from the Net’s Summer ’09 averages in the time slot. In Canada “Rookie Blue” was also the highest-rated premiere for a Canadian drama series on any network in that country in over a decade.
“Rookie Blue” was developed by Thump Inc. and produced in partnership with leading indie studio and distributor E1 Entertainment. The series is executive-produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (“Flashpoint”), Ilana Frank (“The Eleventh Hour,” “Would Be Kings”), Noreen Halpern (“Hung,” “Haven”), John Morayniss (“Hung,” “Haven”) and David Wellington (“The Eleventh Hour,” “Would Be Kings”).
“Rookie Blue” follows the lives of five inexperienced rookies thrown into the world of big city policing. The series examines the trials and triumphs, competition and camaraderie of this rookie family which is learning that no amount of training can prepare them for this job – or for life.
Shot entirely on location in Toronto, Rookie Blue features Missy Peregrym (“Reaper,” “Heroes”), Gregory Smith (“Everwood”), Charlotte Sullivan (“M.V.P.”), Enuka Okuma (“24″) and Travis Milne (“My Green House”). Rounding out the cast is Ben Bass (“Would Be Kings”), Eric Johnson (“Millville”), Matt Gordon (“Rent-A-Goalie”), Noam Jenkins (“Flashpoint”) and Melanie Nicholls King (“The Wire”).
“Rookie Blue” airs Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. In Thursday’s July 15 episode, “Signals Crossed,” Andy (Missy Peregrym) trades in her uniform for something more risquŽ when she goes undercover as a prostitute. Tensions run high when Dov (Gregory Smith) puts an informant’s life in jeopardy and it’s up to Andy to infiltrate a risky gun deal in progress to save her.
“Rookie Blue” is available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.
Five young, ambitious cops, fresh out of the Academy, are plunged into the world of big city policing on their very first day on the job, a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences, coupled with some serious emotional fall-out. Andy McNally is the soul of this close-knit group. She and her uniformed family of boyfriends, best friends, mentors and competitors will undergo extreme trials and tribulations, share their triumphs, cherish their camaraderie and revel in their competition. These rookies are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for life on the street, in the premiere of “Rookie Blue,” THURSDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
In the premiere episode, “Fresh Paint,” triumph turns to humiliation when a high-stakes takedown of a suspect goes awry. Andy McNally has made a critical rookie mistake, ruining a long-running undercover drug sting, and tries to make up for it by going face to face with a volatile gunman who already has one man’s blood on his hands.
Andy, a 26-year-old perfectionist and honest to a fault, has always just wanted to be a good cop. Her father was a cop, and while he wasn’t the best cop — or the best father – Andy knows she’ll never find this sense of family, loyalty and excitement in any other job.
The other “first responders” to jump into the fray include Traci, Andy’s best friend, a single mom with a six-year-old son. Traci is street smart, sardonic and highly independent – all of which hide a deep well of insecurity. Then there’s Dov, the archetypal thrill-seeker whose attitude stems from being raised by hippie parents; Chris, the straight-and-narrow poster boy for the force and a walking talking police manual; and Gail, the self-serving politico from cop royalty, whose ambition is so blind that she’ll trample anyone who gets in her way. Add to the mix Detective Sam Swarek, a rogue training officer, and Luke Callaghan, a charming workaholic homicide detective, and Andy will have more on her hands on and off the beat then she could have ever foreseen.
“Rookie Blue” stars Missy Peregrym (“Heroes,” “Reaper”) as Andy McNally, Gregory Smith (“Everwood”) as Dov Epstein, Charlotte Sullivan (Syfy’s “Alice”) as Gail Peck, Enuka Okuma (“24”) as Traci Nash, Travis Milne (“My Green House”) as Chris Diaz, Ben Bass (“The Eleventh Hour”) as Sam Swarek and Eric Johnson (“Smallville”) as Detective Luke Callaghan. Also starring in the series is Melanie Nicholls-King (“The Wire”) as Noelle Williams, Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw, Noam Jenkins as Detective Jerry Barber and Lyric Bent as Frank Best.
Guest starring in “Fresh Paint” are Peter MacNeill as Tommy McNally, Aidan Devine as Sergeant Boyko, Sarain Boylan as Sadie Falls and Devon Bostick as Martin Bentz.
“Fresh Paint” was written by Tassie Cameron and directed by David Wellington.
Tassie Cameron, Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss are the executive producers. “Rookie Blue” is produced by Thump Inc. and E1 Entertainment. E1 Entertainment will handle the worldwide distribution for all media.
This episode of “Rookie Blue” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.