In the United States, the holy grail of ratings slots tonight – immediately after the Super Bowl – will be filled by an episode of FOX’s “Glee”. But Canadian game watchers will be treated to the season finale of CTV’s “Flashpoint”, starring Kingston-born actor Hugh Dillon as Head SRU (Strategic Response Unit) sniper Ed Lane.
The Gemini Award winning “Flashpoint” follows the missions of Toronto’s Strategic Response Unit, a tactical police squad inspired by the city’s actual Emergency Task Force. At this year’s Gemini Awards, the series was voted the #2 favorite Canadian television show of all time by viewers across the country, while Dillon’s other series – Durham County – came in at #5.
In tonight’s third-season finale, a military psychologist (played by Victor Garber) assesses the team members while the wife of Dillon’s Ed Lane goes into labour, questions are raised about the leadership of Parker (actor Enrico Colantoni), and Sam (David Paetkau) and Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) must decide if one of them is willing to give up the job for the other.
In addition to being born in Kingston, Dillon was also lead singer for the hard rock band The Headstones which formed in Kingston in 1987 and was one of the country’s most successful bands until their breakup in 2003.
Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and originally the CBS network, who have since signed over distribution rights for all existing and future episodes to ION Television.
ION Television is a general entertainment network, reaching over 98 million U.S. television households through its national broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. Its parent company, Ion Media Networks Inc, owns and operates 59 full-power broadcast television stations, including stations in each of the top 20 U.S. markets and 37 of the top 50 markets.