U.K.’s Channel 5 picks up CTV drama Played

The homegrown cop drama from Montreal's Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions premiered Oct. 3.
"Played" GalleryPhoto: Jan Thijs 2013

Just ahead of the series premiere on CTV yesterday (Oct. 3), Channel 5 in the U.K. has picked up CTV’s cop drama Played, produced by Montreal’s Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions.

The series, which Muse Distribution International is launching at MIPCOM next week, follows a group of elite cops who infiltrate criminal worlds in undercover “plays” as drug dealers, paid assassins, gun runners and gangsters.

Played, which began production in May in Toronto, stars Vincent Walsh, Chandra West and Lisa Marcos.

CTV gave the drama a straight-to-series order as network execs searched for another breakout hit to replace the outgoing police drama Flashpoint.

Played is created by Greg Nelson (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), who will showrun the drama along with Adrienne Mitchell, co-showrunner of another Muse/Back Alley production, Bomb Girls (with Michael MacLennan).

Nelson, Mitchell and Back Alley’s Janis Lundman are executive producing, along with Muse’s Michael Prupas. Mitchell directed the pilot, and also directing are Charles Binamé, Jerry Ciccoritti, Kelly Makin, Rachel Talalay, Lee Rose and Paul Fox.

Ratings for last night’s debut were not available as of press time.