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Ion Buys The Listener Reruns

By October 10, 2011

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Craig Olejnik in (I)The Listener(/i).

Craig Olejnik in The Listener.

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Longtime readers know I'm a fan of the Canadian series The Listener, which was canceled by NBC but eventually found backing for a second season, screened on CTV earlier this year, with a third season on the way in 2012.

Apart from those first seven episodes on NBC, U.S. viewers have been blocked from watching the show: it hasn't been carried by any other American network or streaming media (CTV.ca only carries clips, which are accessible only for Canadian visitors), and for some reason—even though it's a North American show—the only DVD release has been for Region 2 (the UK). The show can, ironically, be seen by just about everyone else, having been picked up for rebroadcast by Fox International Channels early on.

So I was gratified to hear that other Americans will be able to enjoy this intriguing, low-key series about telepathic EMT Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) thanks to the acquisition of the first two seasons, with an option for subsequent seasons, by Ion Television. The series will begin airing over the network in 2012.

Of course, things never happen easily for The Listener: Ion, which is low-profile and not available in all markets, is hardly the ideal venue for introducing the show to folks in the United States in a big way. But then, some new fans are better than none, and perhaps the money from the deal will be a small help in producing a solid season 3.
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October 10, 2011 at 8:20 am
(1) carolinagirl says:

I loved the first season of The Listener and couldn’t wait for the second season. Well I have watched some of the second season on the Internet. I was so disappointed in the show’s second season that I really have no desire to even finish the season. When they totally changed the show’s direction by removing two of the best characters from the show (no spoilers for those who have not seen the second season) I totally lost interest in the character. Toby’s main focus in season one, and what made it so great, was his search for his mother and his desire to find out how he came to be the way he is. That concept has been totally abandoned and I have found the second season episodes basically boring. Just my opinion but it has been a very disappointing second season for me.

October 10, 2011 at 8:26 am
(2) scifi says:

It’s true, season 2 is not nearly as strong as season 1. But I’m not ready to give up on Toby just yet.

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