Remember last year's NBC summer lineup? Centered around the Olympics, NBC went all red-white-and-blue with "NBC's All-American Summer," which included American Gladiators and Nashville Star. The network pushed its lineup hard, presumably while wearing an Uncle Sam mask and holding sparklers, but both of those shows are long buried.
It seems that most broadcasters these days are investigating how to make international co-productions work for them. CBS has scored with Flashpoint, FOX is attempting to make Mental work as a summer series, and NBC is about to debut the latest international co-production, The Listener, tonight.
The Listener, which kicks off with two back-to-back episodes tonight, is co-produced with Canada's CTV and Shaftesbury Films. It stars Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) as Toby Logan, a generically handsome twenty-something paramedic who is concealing a deep secret: he's actually a gifted telepath able to read people's minds.
Toby Logan is a paramedic who can read people's thoughts. Toby did not manage to know his parents and grew in foster homes. Until now Toby has kept his ability secret and the only one he has shared it with is his old counselor and confidant, Dr. Ray. While he crosses the city of Toronto in his ambulance with his partner Oz, Toby tries to help persons in crisis and on the way treat his own wounds. With the help of Detective Marks and his ex-girlfriend Olivia, an E.R doctor, Toby realizes that his gift can serve to help other people. The show, which contains humorous and tragic elements, follows Toby as he uses his power to solve crimes. The Listener is produced by Program Partners in association with Shaftesbury Films. The series has been given a 13 episode initial order by NBC. This series has also been picked up by the FX channel. FX has contributed for the production of the new show so that it can be aired by them. This show first aired in the UK on Sunday 8th March on FX at 9pm (GMT). The Listener will premiere on NBC for the U.S on Thursday, June 4th at 10/9c. Filmed on location in Toronto, Canada.moreless