In cable TV, summer is the new fall. For the broadcast networks, it's "Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" time. So what's working as we wait for the curtain to rise on the fall schedules?
Canada American networks can get Canadian-made series for as little as 25 percent of what they pay for Hollywood shows. Of course, it only makes economic sense if you can get somebody to watch them (which wasn't the case with CBS' quickly axed The Bridge). Now that ABC's Rookie Blue is averaging 7 million viewers, you can bet there will be a lot more imports next summer.
There's a new cop show on the TV lineup. The Canadian drama The Bridge (Saturday, 8/7c, CBS) premiered July 10 and introduced viewers to Frank Leo, a dedicated beat officer who is fed up with the corrupt police brass. He takes action by getting elected union leader, making him some powerful new enemies who have already proven they'll go to great lengths to bring him down.
But it's nothing Frank can't handle, according to the guy who plays him: Aaron Douglas, who likens the character to Tony Soprano...
Aaron Douglas stars in this Canadian-imported drama as dedicated cop Frank Leo, who becomes the police union's leader after he stages a walkout to protest the department's ill treatment of his fellow officers. While he continues to take down criminals on the street, Frank's biggest battles are internal with his own superiors and with the men in blue he represents, who aren't always law-abiding citizens.
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NUMB3RS' number may not be up just yet.
CBS reduces Numb3rs, increases order for NCIS, CSI and more
CBS president Nina Tassler said the decision to reduce the show's episode order is not a death sentence, and that both NUMB3RS and its Friday night lead-in, Medium, may return in the fall...