Created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, the Toronto-based police series has been in development at CTV since 2005, originating under the name Criminal Intent. CBS's pick up of the drama, which includes a share of financing, is unusual, concedes Parker, but "these are unusual times. CBS is out looking for content."
Just don't see this cross border deal as an end run around the WGA, Parker insists--although that impression is there as the strike lurches into its third month.
"It would be better news if everybody was working," she acknowledges. "Then it would just be CBS coming up here and saying, 'I want that show.'"