Phil King, President of CTV Programming and Sports, announced a few days ago that the network has picked up 13 one-hour episodes of the new police drama series "Played."
The show follows the CIU (Covert Investigations Unit), a Toronto-based police division that goes undercover to infiltrate criminal organizations. In each episode, the detectives perform a high-wire, nerve-wracking act that requires a serious confidence game as they go undercover and convince the bad guys that, they too, are criminals – all the while trying to prevent their jobs from corroding their own lives.
While "Played" is still a working title, it is being produced by a number of award-winners, like Gemini Award-winning executive producers Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman ("Bomb Girls," "Durham County"), Emmy-Award nominated Michael Prupas ("The Kennedys"), and Greg Nelson ("Saving Hope"), who is creator and co-showrunner with Mitchell. Production is slated to begin in Toronto in the spring.
This announcement follows CTV’s pick-up of another new Canadian comedy series, "Satisfaction." The two new programs join CTV’s burgeoning lineup of original scripted series including "Motive," "Saving Hope," and "The Listener."