Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tassler on Flashpoint: "I don't think so"
Critics wanted to know why Sheen's replacement, Ashton Kutcher, wasn't at press tour. Her excuse that he was too busy on the set of the sitcom did not go over well in the room. Tassler kept saying "moving forward" and "outstanding" and basically bobbed and weaved like Sugar Ray in his prime.
So what about Flashpoint, I asked Tassler in the scrum. In past press tours, Tassler always hedged on the Toronto-lensed cop series, letting her Canadian partners hang in the wind until the day in October when CBS had to pick up their option on the series. This time she was less ambiguous. "I don't think so," she said when asked if CBS plans to extend their involvement with the CTV series beyond this current summer order. Basically, it sounds like Flashpoint is finis at CBS.
This news comes on the same day it is announced that Flashpoint earned more Gemini nominations than any other Canadian-produced TV show. Still, it was clearly a bigger hit in Canada than in the U.S. All that Canadian money made the series a cheap summer bench player for CBS, but it was not trending up Stateside. CBS is probably ready to gamble that they can get more viewers with even cheaper reality fare next summer.
When I spoke with executive producers Anne Marie La Traverse and Bill Mustos in June they seemed resigned to finding a new partner to replace CBS. U.S. cable network ION is already involved in the series.
For more on Tassler, Sheen and Flashpoint, follow this link to my full CBS executive session report at Toronto.com.