ION Picks Up The Listener

I totally missed that this happened, but ION in the U.S. is now double-running CTV‘s The Listener with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday nights, starting at 10 pm E/9 C, and then repeating again at the weekend. According to Variety, they’ve also stepped in as a co-producer the series, which is now shooting its 5th season in Toronto.

You might remember that NBC briefly aired season one back in 2010 and then didn’t pick up the subsequent seasons. ION is now running the third season, and tonight’s episodes, “Curtain Call” and “The Taking,” originally aired in 2012 on CTV.

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The premise is a procedural with a twist–Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik), who began on the series as a paramedic, has now moved into a consultant role on special task force with the Toronto Police Department because his telepathic ability has proven useful in helping to solve crimes. The series also stars Ennis Esmer (The L.A. Complex) as Toby’s BFF Oz,  Lauren Lee Smith (Mutant X),  Rainbow Sun Francks (Stargate: Atlantis), and Peter Stebbings (Murdoch Mysteries) as Toby’s new unit, and Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas) and Mylène Dinh-Robic (Davinci’s City Hall). Also look for Lost Girl‘s Kris Holden-Ried in the third season episodes airing now.

One thing to note in the ION airings is that they hilariously silence any dialogue related to Toronto or the Crown, when Flashpoint was very clearly Toronto, too. No clue what’s up with that, but I’m very happy the show has a home on U.S. television, especially now that King and Cracked (which was just cancelled by CBC) have finished their U.S. runs on Reelz.

Below is a sneak peek of season three from its original run.

Photos courtesy of ION and CTV.

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