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June 15, 2013
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| Author: EYE-BALL MovieZone | Undated 16th June 2013 |

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“The Bridge” [Pasted from linked Wikipedia reference above …]

The Bridge was a Canadian police drama commissioned by CTV and CBS starring Aaron Douglas. The name of the series is derived from the bridge which separates the wealthy Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto with one of its poorest, St. James Town.

The initial order is for 11 episodes, produced by Entertainment One. After CTV ordered the pilot to series in November 2008, CTV later shared the pilot with CBS.[1] This series premiered on CTV on March 5, 2010 and premiered on July 10, 2010 on CBS. It has been canceled in the US after three episodes due to low ratings. CTV announced on June 3, 2010 that the series will return for a second season during the 2010–2011 season.[4] However, on January 13, 2011, star Aaron Douglas tweeted that the series has been officially cancelled after only one season.

The Bridge is loosely based upon former Toronto police union head Craig Bromell, in the form of Aaron Douglas’s character, Frank Leo. After being unanimously elected head of the union, Leo sets out to clean up the corruption in the force while working in the best interests of the rank-and-file.

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EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

“The Bridge” is a single season of high quality drama set in Toronto and first aired in 2010. It was scheduled to have a 2nd season and the final episode of season 1 set up the next season.

Why it was cancelled as explained above cannot be understood – it was too good a show.

This is the 2nd Canadian show that had a brilliant first season that took the audience into corrupt officialdom that was cancelled after initial plans for a 2nd season were agreed to.

There was also a similar US show cancelled this year after its first season that had a story line too close to home – that show was “Last Resort’ – a show about a nuclear sub commander taking control of nuclear weapons and using them against the corrupt US Government.

The other Canadian shows was:

“Intelligence” – reported below – linked here

Intelligence is a Vancouver-based television crime drama starring Ian Tracey and Klea Scott that aired on the CBC. With its pilot first airing on November 28, 2005, the series began regular broadcasting on October 10, 2006. CBC reaired the pilot on June 7, 2007 and began broadcasting reruns of season one on Fridays starting on June 8, 2007. A second season then aired from October 2007, concluding in December that same year. The series was produced by Haddock Entertainment, which also produced Da Vinci’s Inquest and Da Vinci’s City Hall.

On March 7, 2008, the CBC announced that Intelligence would be cancelled. There were various rumors surrounding the cancellation of the series. Kevin Baker from The National Post alleged: “There’s a theory afloat that CBC Television cancelled the unusually good drama Intelligence in fear of upsetting Canada’s New Government, which is thought to be slavering for an excuse to junk the nation’s public broadcaster and sell off the parts.”

The show centres on Jimmy Reardon (Tracey), one of Vancouver’s top organized crime bosses, and Mary Spalding (Scott), the director of the Vancouver Organized Crime Unit (OCU), who has offered Reardon immunity from prosecution in exchange for his role as a police informant. The show also stars Matt Frewer as Ted Altman, the scheming assistant director of the OCU who seeks to replace Spalding, and John Cassini as Ronnie Delmonico, Reardon’s business partner and confidant.

“The Bridge” is throughly believable and given where the last episode ends – it’s understandable why the 2nd season was cancelled if political interference was the reason.This show is an eye-opener to the naive and gives insight to how Police force ‘brass’ conduct business with politicians and the police officers.


Review Score: … Highly recommend viewing.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating: … 8.0/10 …

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