Crossing Lines

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Crossing Lines
Crossing Lines 2013 Intertitle.png
Genre Action crime drama
Created by Edward Allen Bernero
Rola Bauer
Starring
Country of origin Germany
United States
France[1]
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 46–48 minutes[2]
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel Rai 2 (Italy)
TF1 (France)
NBC (U.S.)
Sat.1 (Germany)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23)  – present
External links
Website

Crossing Lines is an English, French and German language[3] television series created by Edward Allen Bernero and Rola Bauer.[4] The series was premiered on June 9, 2013, at the screening for the Opening Ceremonies of the 53rd edition of the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, the first time the festival opened with a television series.[5] Its first television broadcast was in Italy on June 14, 2013, on the public broadcaster's channel Rai 2. Crossing Lines was premiered in the United States on NBC on June 23, 2013.[6] Bernero and Bauer are the show's executive producers. The show has been renewed for a 12-episode second season by TF1, and was released in its entirety on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK on August 15, 2014. NBC will not be broadcasting the show's second season,[7] and it is unclear if Netflix will carry the series. There is no known network for US or Canadian broadcasting at the moment.

Plot[edit]

Former New York Police Department officer Carl Hickman's life has fallen apart after he was injured on the job; he has become addicted to morphine and works as a garbage collector at a carnival in the Netherlands. He is recruited to join the International Criminal Court's special crime unit (a fictional unit). Based in The Hague, it investigates a variety of crimes that cross international boundaries. The unit includes an anti-organized crime covert specialist from Italy, a technical specialist from Germany, a crimes analyst from France, and a weapons specialist and tactical expert from Northern Ireland.[8]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Crossing Lines was co-commissioned by France's TF1 and Sony for its AXN network of channels.[5] This is Tandem's first one-hour drama series, having previously produced miniseries, as well as its first project since being acquired by StudioCanal in 2012.[4] The first season was filmed in Paris, Nice and Prague, with filming ending in February 2013.[10][11] Locations in Prague were used for parts of Paris, Italy, the Netherlands, Berlin and Vienna.[12] Audio post-production was done by SoundSquare in Prague while video post-production work was done by Universal Production Partners.[13] Approximately 10 million was spent in the Czech Republic on the production of the first season.[12]

Bernero said that the show would "feel familiar and help viewers find their orientation, but the European locations will make it feel fresh and very new".[14]

Reception[edit]

Tom Conroy of Media Life Magazine found the European flavour of the show, seen in such things as travelling by train to various cities, to be a refreshing change from the norm of American shows. He felt that Donald Sutherland was cast purely for the name-recognition factor and that he was given some lines in which he philosophically talks to pigeons as a means of justifying the cost of casting him. Overall, Conroy found it an "unimaginative procedural" that, despite its title, "generally colors within the lines".[15] David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle also found the location to be what sets Crossing Lines apart from every other show on American network television. He felt the presence of Donald Sutherland was a benefit to the show. Joanne Ostrow of Heritage Newspapers felt the show to be a "contrivance for foreign sales more than a serious drama".[16]

Crossing Lines has been criticised as misrepresenting the International Criminal Court's nature and purpose, which, in reality, only has jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.[17] The International Criminal Court lacks an organization comparable to the special crime unit, and has no police force of its own. Kevin Jon Heller, Associate Professor & Reader in international criminal law at the University of Melbourne, noted the show creates unacceptable misconceptions about the court's power and the way it operates, which depends on states consenting to its jurisdiction through ratification of the Rome Statute and co-operating with the court to provide resources required to perform investigations and prosecutions.[17]

Without all the shooting, Crossing Lines is more closely related to the special crimes investigations unit of the first International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands. These crime investigators from all over the world do indeed operate across national jurisdictional lines in connection with major crimes such as murder, rape, torture and kidnapping that occurred in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. John Cencich’s The Devil’s Garden: A War Crimes Investigator's Story (Potomac Books, Washington, D.C.) demonstrates how police investigators from Berlin, France, Belgium, Scotland Yard, Italy, the United States and many others worked pursuant to the authority of the United Nations Security Council, without relying on national police forces, to investigate and bring to justice some of the world's worst criminals.[18]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10 June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18) January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)[19] N/A N/A
2 12 August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15) August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15) N/A N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by U.S. airdate U.S. viewers
(millions)
1–2 "Pilot" Daniel Percival Edward Allen Bernero June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) 4.37[20]
Four women have been killed, their bodies left in wooded areas of parks in major European cities. Investigators, including wounded former American police officer Carl Hickman, team up to find the killer. The team checks out the latest crime scene and finds a shoe which may help identify a victim. The coroner discovers wounds on the victim which hint at the killer toying with his intended prey. The shoe is traced to a store where the killer abducts Agent San, while Hickman is out in the car taking care of his morphine fix. The killer is able to slip through a roadblock because his car has American Embassy plates. The team learns that the killer was at the recent crime scene and later identify him as Gerald Wilhoit (Eddie Jemison), from a video of him purchasing a dog he had killed at the park. They also determine that he has taken Anne-Marie to a Berlin park. He wounds her and tells her to run, but she doesn't. She stands up to him, buying her team time to find their location. Hickman chases after him when Wilhoit mortally stabs Agent Pride (Genevieve O'Reilly). Hickman is unable to shoot him, due to his incapacity to load his gun's chamber with his wounded hand. Louis shoots him instead, and Hickman takes that gun to avoid an international incident.
3 "The Terminator" Laurent Barès Christopher Smith June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) 3.71[21]
As the ICC team recovers from Agent Pride's death, a millionaire real estate developer in Amsterdam is poisoned and his Van Gogh painting stolen. The team's research finds two other similar cases over the past year from other countries. At the victim's apartment, a scan reveals the ingested poison to be Polonium-210, also known as "The Terminator". Image captures from cameras show the woman who entered with the victim to be Irish national Nicole Ryan (Erin Richards). Hickman finds the fake Van Gogh painting. When a previous victim's Vermeer is traced to a warehouse, the team finds two of Ryan's cohorts. One of them mentions "The Russian", a man who had Ryan poison her victims to see if the polonium worked. The other gives up Ryan's next target in Prague. Eva poses as a server at an art gallery. She has a geiger counter in her earpiece that alerts her when she is near Ryan. The team surrounds Ryan as she is holding a glass of champagne. She reveals that her male victims seduced young women; she then drinks the poison. Meanwhile, Dorn talks with Louis's wife, Rebecca (Elsa Mollien), to learn more about what happened the night their son died from a car bomb.
4 "Long-Haul Predators" Eric Valette Oliver Hein-MacDonald July 7, 2013 (2013-07-07) 2.90[22]
The team uncovers a murder ring involving European truck drivers. A mechanic involved disables family vehicles in order to force parents to fight each other, with the orphaned children being cared for by the mechanic's wife. Sebastian works with his former partner Kathrin Eicholz (Florentine Lahme) who offers her own son to play a role in the bust, which Tommy and Eva act as parents. Hickman and Louis notice a resemblance between the boy and Sebastian and ask if the boy is his, but do not receive an answer.
5 "Special Ops – Part 1" Andy Wilson Rachel Anthony July 14, 2013 (2013-07-14) 2.84[23]
Hickman and Anne-Marie are on the French–Italian border, investigating Phillip Genovese, the person who injured Hickman. In Cannes, billionaire Lev Marianski's (Karel Roden) son, Maxim (Arthur Jacquin), is taken hostage, his security detail and girlfriend Laure (Fanny Krich) are shot and killed. Hickman and Anne-Marie learn of the case while visiting the police station. Anne-Marie remembers a similar case in Florence a few months prior. At the crime scene, Hickman suggests a professional hit—the shooting victims were double tapped and the killers left with Maxim in a hurry. Maxim's divorced parents arrive at the scene. Hickman notices Lev's nervousness and gets him to admit that a kidnapping insurance policy, which covers any ransom demands, was placed on his family. Lev also admits that Maxim had a tracer microchip implanted to get a discount on the policy. Sebastian traces the microchip to the local family villa. They find it, excised and bloody, sealed with a note mentioning future contact. The team sets up camp at the villa for any such contact. Eva is sent to Florence to check for connections between cases. Louis gets a call from Dorn, asking why the team is investigating his contact regarding Dimitrov. Louis realizes Lev is the contact, as the Marianksi financial records are being checked out and the abductors are Russian. Meanwhile, the kidnappers (Jana Pallaske) prepare Maxim for a video link to the parents and then call with their demands, 10 million in ten hours. Lev pleads for more time. The link is severed by an explosion at the villa.
6 "Special Ops – Part 2" Andy Wilson Rachel Anthony July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21) 2.83[24]
The explosion was contained to the house's security room, but knocked out the power. The team meets outside with the parents. The kidnapper's liaison (Nadine Warmuth) monitors them from a nearby security camera and is told to call Lev Marianski. From the speaker of his phone, she mentions having everyone's attention. Hickman realizes they are being watched. The team uses the local police station as a hub. The kidnappers become distrustful of each other, yet enter the next stage of the plan by putting Maxim in an airtight container with a limited supply of oxygen running into it. In Florence, Eva meets with the only witness from the previous similar case, an art school's guidance counselor, Katya, who we know is the liaison. Katya cuts the meeting short and appears to be withholding information. Eva follows her to discover the video link between the kidnappers and the Marianskis. The two women fight and Katya is shot and killed. Louis gives the ransom money to a motorcyclist, while Tommy follows it in a helicopter. The team watches, via the video link that Eva keeps active, as the kidnappers prepare to set Maxim free. However, armed gunmen arrive and kill the kidnappers. Maxim remains locked away, his oxygen tanks depleting. After the cyclist is picked up but cannot help with details, Hickman questions Maxim's mother about the kidnapping. She confesses to it, out of hatred for Lev and overhearing Katya's previous plot, but doesn't know Maxim's location. Sebastian uses the IP address of the kidnappers' computer, along with images seen from the outside, to send Tommy to save Maxim just as he runs out of oxygen. Later at Hickman's trailer, Shari (Klára Issová) tells him that Genovese has left the area, but should return. They kiss.
7 "The Animals" Philippe Haïm Christopher Smith July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28) 2.97[25]
Dorn asks Louis if the Marianski kidnapping had anything to do with Dimitrov being his source. Louis insists that only the ex-wife was involved. Louis asks about Hickman and Anne-Marie says he is on an errand. Hickman is at The Hague's bank to ask the manager, Mr. Stoke, about an account with the passcode "carnival." Hickman eyes some nervous customers and calls the office to request an open line. As he does this, a robbery ensues by people dressed in animal masks. They collect the hostages's cell phones, including Hickman's, which severs his line to the office. Then, the bank manager is strapped with a bomb and shoved out the front door. The bomb is detonated. Sebastian finds tunnels run all over the city from under the bank. The team realizes the robbery was a cover to stage a prison break using the tunnels. All involved are eventually captured. Louis asks Hickman about some drugs found on him by the robbers. Hickman claims it is Lidocaine. Dorn and Louis also discuss Rebecca, who tosses her phone off a bridge when Louis calls her.
8 "Desperation & Desperados" Daniel Percival Edward Allen Bernero August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11) 2.51[26]
In Italy, drugs and money are stolen from the Conti Cartage warehouse rather than its olive oil. The thieves escape with Conti's daughter Angela (Matilda Lutz) in her car. Conti's men leave a trail of terror in public shootouts with the thieves throughout Italy and Slovenia. Sebastian and Tommy survey a Slovenia scene and deduce that someone was not being intentionally targeted. While one of Angela's captors, Paulo (Christian Burruano), is tended to in a hospital, his brother Antonio (Allan Cappelli Goetz) tells her about her father taking his family's land in order to manufacture drugs rather than olive trees. Nicola Conti (Duccio Camerini) was never criminally charged for it. He is arrested after his men, now intent on killing both Angela and Antonio, are tracked into some woods. Eva connects with Angela, as her own parents were killed for doing business with Nicola. Meanwhile, Rebecca suggests to Louis they finish the entrapment of the Russian and getting on with their lives, including their divorce.
9 "New Scars/Old Wounds – Part 1" Hannu Salonen Edward Allen Bernero August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18) 2.06[27]
Hickman is called by Inspector Seeger (Lara Rossi) to identify a body. Hickman believes it to be his missing girlfriend, Shari, but it turns out to be the bank manager from the earlier robbery. Hickman is arrested for beating her to death. His previous activity with the victim has been tracked, including an empty briefcase found behind his carnival trailer. The briefcase is thought to have contained 100,000 illegally taken from the bank. In the morgue, Tommy is allowed to look at the body. He says Hickman could not have beaten the victim with both hands, due to the injured right hand. An imprint from a ring with the monogram "G" was also found in some wounds. Louis tells this to Hickman, who knows it belongs to Genovese (Kim Coates). Louis also tells Hickman that he knew of Hickman's past with Genovese and asks him not to become a vigilante in the search for Shari. Hickman quits the team. He returns to the carnival and enters a funhouse. Inside, Genovese assaults him while admitting to killing the bank manager for stealing his money. He claims to have shot Shari in order to make it look like a murder-suicide and leaves Hickman handcuffed to her near the gun and a syringe. Meanwhile, Sebastian's computer and equipment has been hacked, for which he blames Eva's former employers. Dorn gets even closer to finding Dimitrov, but is ambushed. He calls Louis to say Dimitrov knows their plans. Louis arrives home to a ransacked apartment and finds his wife Rebecca is missing.
10 "New Scars/Old Wounds – Part 2" Eric Valette Edward Allen Bernero August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18) 2.06[27]
Seeger and Tommy arrive at the carnival to free Hickman and call an ambulance for Shari. Hickman gets into a gunfight with Genovese, ultimately wounding him. Both Shari and Genovese are taken to a hospital. Hickman apologizes to an unconscious Shari and goes to Genovese's room, where he tells Seeger and Tommy about Genovese using the traveling carnival for child trafficking. On the way back from Italy, where they are told Anne-Marie is missing, Sebastian and Eva are stopped by a roadblock. A burned car is pulled from a ditch. Eva believes it to be San's car and calls Tommy, when she can't reach Louis. Sebastian wishes to have his equipment and Eva tells him of the deal she has been given—he can have his equipment fixed but his personal files will be released to the public. He agrees, if it helps find San. Tommy remembers an unidentified burned body in the morgue where the bank manager was. He and Hickman leave, while Seeger monitors Genovese. In Paris, after not finding Louis nor his wife, Dorn gets a phone call to meet with Dimitrov (Marcel Iureş), who tells him Rebecca was the target of the bomb that killed the Daniels' son. She had helped send Dimitrov's brother-in-law to prison after the Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis, where Dimitrov's wife and two daughters were killed. Dorn is given 24 hours to free the brother-in-law, if the Daniels are to be seen again. At the crash site, Sebastian's equipment reveals footprints heading away from the crash. They follow them and, it is believed, find San. Hickman arrives back at the main office to look for any information about San. After Dorn calls him to collect the team, Genovese, who escaped from Seeger, calls him, saying he cannot wait for round two.

Broadcast[edit]

Crossing Lines airs in Germany on Sat.1 on Thursdays at 9:15 pm,[4] in the United States on NBC on Sundays at 10:00 pm (currently in off-season), in Canada on CBC on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm,[28] in India on AXN on Fridays at 10:00 pm,[citation needed] and in France on TF1 on Thursdays at 9:00 pm.[citation needed] It is available in the UK for streaming exclusively on the LoveFilm platform.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV Spreads Its Blanket for Summer Viewing". The New York Times. May 23, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Crossing Lines – Search for Releases". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.crossinglines.tv/#!contact/c16fm
  4. ^ a b c d e Meza, Ed (March 20, 2013). "NBC Nabs 'Crossing Lines'". Variety. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "’Crossing Lines’ selected to open the Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo - World premiere screening on Sunday, June 9". Czech Film Commission. May 21, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NBC Sets Premiere Dates for Summer Series "Crossing Lines," "The Winner Is..." and "Hollywood Game Night"". The Futon Critic. April 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2013/08/crossing-lines-renewed-for-12-episode-second-season-future-on-nbc-in-doubt/
  8. ^ "Crossing Lines an AXN Original TV Series". AXN. Retrieved June 19, 2013.  (play the video)
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Crossing Lines — Cast". Zap2it. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Season One of Crossing Lines airs this Summer on NBC". Stillking Films. April 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Crossing Lines - Credits". NBCUniversal. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Strbova, Denisa (January 21, 2013). "Tax Rebate Brings Filmmakers Back to Czech Republic". Film New Europe. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cossing Lines: The American TV Series In Europe". Bystrouška. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ Meza, Ed (September 5, 2012). "Fichtner, Sutherland to star in 'Crossing Lines': Ed Bernero to be showrunner on Tandem skein". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ Conroy, Tom (June 18, 2013). "‘Crossing Lines,’ solid if flawed copper". MediaLife Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (June 18, 2013). "SUMMER 2013 TV: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter,' 'Under the Dome,' more". 21st Century Newspapers. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Heller, Kevin Jon (June 24, 2013). "The Problem with 'Crossing Lines'". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ Cencich, John R. (June 4, 2013). "The Devils Garden". Thedevilsgarden.nl. Retrieved August 26, 2013. [dead link]
  19. ^ Lambert, David (November 11, 2013). "Crossing Lines - Blu-rays, DVDs of the 1st Season of the International Action-Drama". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 24, 2013). "TV Ratings Sunday: Soft Debut for 'Whodunnit', 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Returns Down, 'Crossing Lines' Premieres Low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  21. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 2, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up; 'Crossing Lines' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 10, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: No Adjustments to 'Big Brother', 'Celebrity Wife Swap', 'Whodunnit?' or 'Crossing Lines'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 16, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: No Adjustment for 'Wife Swap', 'Whodunnit?' or 'Crossing Lines' + Unscrambled CBS Ratings Including 'Big Brother'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  24. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 23, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up; 'Crossing Lines' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 30, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up + No Adjustment for 'Unforgettable'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  26. ^ Bibel, Sara (August 13, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' & 'Secret Millionaire' Adjusted Up; 'Unforgettable' & 'Teen Choice Awards' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (August 20, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up + Final Football Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  28. ^ Crossing Lines on CBC
  29. ^ GLOBAL CRIME-DRAMA “CROSSING LINES” ARRIVES EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON’S LOVEFiLM

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