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May 14, 2013

After Last Year’s Most-Watched Season Ever, Canadians Are All Ears as THE LISTENER Returns for Season 4, May 29 on CTV

May 7th, 2013 - CTV

Following its most-watched season yet, CTV’s hit Original Series THE LISTENER returns with a mind-bending Season 4 premiere Wednesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Mobile. In the all-new season, which travels to Vancouver for the first time in the season premiere, telepath Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) works hard to sharpen his police skills as a full-time Special Consultant with the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB). Also this season, Ingrid Kavelaars (WHISTLER) joins the cast as Nichola Martell, the ambitious new police superintendent.

DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH, an original digital extension of THE LISTENER, will also premiere Wednesday, May 29 on CTV.ca/TheListener, CTV App, and CTV Mobile. Bell Media’s first digital series to feature broadcast tie-ins, episodes of DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH will roll out once per week concurrently with new episodes of THE LISTENER.

With an impressive Season 3 average audience of 1.2 million viewers, THE LISTENER has achieved year-over-year audience growth every year since it debuted in 2009. The home-grown hit saw double-digit growth in Season 3 from Season 2 with A18-34 (+32%), A18-49 (+19%), and total viewers (+16%). Last season was also the drama’s most-watched premiere, finale, and overall audience on record for the series.

“Following its most-watched season yet, Season 4 offers complex character development and talented guest stars that will continue to entertain viewers and entice new ‘listeners’ across the country,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks, Bell Media.

In the Season 4 premiere episode entitled “Blast from the Past”, Toby (Craig Olejnik) and Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) are sent to Vancouver to investigate after a string of high-tech thefts spreads west. Toby is surprised when he crosses paths with his ex-girlfriend Lori Black (Jewel Staite, THE L.A. COMPLEX) who may be connected to the potential suspect. 2013 JUNO Award-nominated indie band Walk Off The Earth makes a special guest appearance in the episode.

In Season 4, Toby’s personal life also heats up as his relationship grows with crime reporter Tia Tremblay (Melanie Scrofano, BEING ERICA), who is inexplicably the one person he can’t read. Life will be no less dramatic for Toby’s colleagues as Sgt. Michelle McCluskey struggles through a complicated marriage with her husband, while IIB head Alvin Klein (Peter Stebbings, MADISON) attempts to protect himself and his team from the political manoeuvrings of the ambitious new police superintendent, Nichola Martell. Meanwhile, new director of emergency services Oz Bey (Ennis Esmer, THE L.A. COMPLEX) realizes that being the boss is harder than he expected.

Season 4 also welcomes a stellar list of guest stars including Justin Chatwin (SHAMELESS), Michael Filipowich (24), Michael Cram (FLASHPOINT), Gabrielle Miller (CORNER GAS), Erin Karpluk (BEING ERICA), Krystin Pellerin (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou.

In THE LISTENER’s digital companion series DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH, series characters Oz (Ennis Esmer) and Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn) work with local reporter Missy (Stephanie Anne Mills, Come Dance with Me) to uncover the secret behind a “Jane Doe’s” death and the mysterious key she left behind. All clues lead to a deadly virus outbreak set to take place at a high-stakes ping pong competition. Mills makes her debut in the digital series premiere (May 29) before joining the broadcast cast in Episode 2.

DOUBLE DATE… WITH DEATH is THE LISTENER’s second digital series following THE SWITCH, which featured Craig Olejnik and Ennis Esmer in a Season 3 companion series.

THE LISTENER by the Numbers With four seasons wrapped, below are 10 interesting facts about CTV’s THE LISTENER:

  • 7,280 – total amount of extras used to film the series
  • 2,000 – production jobs created
  • 600+ – earplugs used by the crew for on-set explosions during Season 4
  • 542 – total guest stars and speaking roles
  • 364 – shooting days for all 4 seasons
  • 250+ – cups of coffee (actually tea) Toby (Craig Olejnik) drinks in Season 4
  • 200+ – total locations used
  • 125 – ties worn by Dev (Rainbow Francks) in Season 4
  • 27 – writers over the past four seasons
  • 16 – directors over the past four seasons

 

Number of minds read…countless!

Viewers can catch encore episodes of THE LISTENER Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (visit CTV.ca for local broadcast times), and Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo beginning June 7 (visit bravo.ca for local broadcast times). Following its television broadcast, viewers can also catch up on full episodes of THE LISTENER across CTV’s digital platforms on CTV.ca, the CTV App, CTV Mobile available on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners.

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