King (2011 TV series)

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This article is about the Canadian police drama. For the Canadian children's show, see King (2003 TV series).
King
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Genre Police procedural
Created by Bernard Zukerman
Greg Spottiswood
Starring Amy Price-Francis
Alan van Sprang
Gabriel Hogan
Tony Nardi
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) Bernard Zukerman
Greg Spottiswood
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario
Production company(s) Indian Grove Productions
Beta Films
Shaw Media
Broadcast
Original channel Showcase
Original run April 17, 2011 (2011-04-17) – May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25)
External links
Website
Production website

King is a Canadian police drama which premiered April 17, 2011 on Showcase. The series stars Amy Price-Francis as Jessica King, a veteran police officer who gets promoted to head of the Major Crimes Task Force in Toronto after her predecessor has a breakdown on television. Season 2 began production in September 2011 and premiered 29 February 2012.[1]

On June 2, 2012, it was reported that King had been cancelled after 2 seasons.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • Amy Price-Francis as Detective Staff Sergeant Jessica King, the new head of the Major Crimes Task Force with eight years working Homicide, two failed marriages, and a desire to have an idyllic family life. Pilot Episode starts with King relegated to Communications section.
  • Gabriel Hogan as Danny Sless, an officer with the 'Guns and Gangs' squad and Jessica's current husband
  • Tony Nardi as Police Chief Peter Graci
  • Suzanne Coy as Detective Eleni Demaris (season 1)
  • Zoe Doyle as Detective MK Gordon (season 1)
  • Aaron Poole as Detective Jason Collier (season 1)
  • Alan van Sprang as Detective Sergeant Derek Spears, the former head of the Major Crimes Task Force and Jessica's partner
  • Rossif Sutherland as Detective Pen Martin (season 2)
  • Karen Robinson as Detective Ingrid Evans (season 2)

Production[edit]

King was created by and is executive produced by Bernard Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood and is produced by Indian Grove Productions in association with Shaw Media.[3] The show is filmed in Toronto making use of a combination of on-location shooting and the soundstages of Dufferin Gate Productions.[4] Filming of the first season began in November 2010 and was scheduled to conclude in February 2011.[4] The first two episodes of the show were directed by Clark Johnson.[3] In speaking of the casting Johnson said that they had seen many actresses before Amy Price-Francis auditioned and that prior to her audition he wasn't convinced she was right for the role but she "just became the character" and now "she completely embodies this character" much like what happened with Michael Chiklis on The Shield, another pilot that he directed.[5] The first season has eight episodes.[6] Filming of season 2 is scheduled for 29 September 2011 through 30 March 2012 with post-production completed by 17 April 2012.[7]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered April 17, 2011 on Showcase in Canada, on May 19, 2011 it was announced that King will be shown on Séries+ for French-speaking Canadians.[8] Shaw Media announced the renewal of the show on May 31, scheduling season two for a winter premiere on Showcase.[9] The series was picked up by M6 for broadcast in France.[8] The show premiered in Australia on TV1 in January 2012. The series has been picked up by the Universal Channel in the UK and premiered on April 5, 2012.[10] The show premiered in The Netherlands on Net 5 on March 4, 2012. In Germany the series premiered on VOX on October 17, 2012 with 1.17 million viewers and a total in sharing of 2,58 million viewers, making it the highest rated TV-programming in this slot on date. It was announced on June 18, 2013, that the series will air on Reelz in the United States starting on July 5, 2013.[11]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

Total # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Canadian
viewers
1 1 "Lori Gilbert" Clark Johnson Greg Spottiswood April 17, 2011 (2011-04-17) N/A
Chief Graci tells Jess King that she has been put in charge of the Major Crimes Task Force. King must prove herself quickly by finding a missing girl.
2 2 "T-Bone" Clark Johnson David Barlow April 24, 2011 (2011-04-24) 207 000[12]
King gambles that a jailed biker, apparently willing to go undercover, can help her solve some drug-trafficking murders that the Drug Squad has only further tangled up for her.
3 3 "Amanda Jacobs" Jerry Ciccoritti Emily Andras and Alex Levine May 1, 2011 (2011-05-01) 129 000[13]
When a detective refutes a girl's claim that she was a victim of the Riverdale Rapist, King takes over but suspects the sexual predator lurks closer to home.
4 4 "Eleni Demaris" Holly Dale Sara B. Cooper May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08) 213 000[14]
When one of the team's detectives is beaten during a home invasion, King has to team up with a Robbery Squad detective she doesn't trust.
5 5 "Farah Elliot" TW Peacocke Emily Andras May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15) N/A
King discovers that a killer, whom she couldn't amass enough evidence against to convict, is back in Toronto. This time, she goes to career-risking lengths to nab him.
6 6 "Ahmad Khan" Don McBrearty Jennifer Kennedy & David Barlow May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22) 163 000[15]
A university bio-chemistry professor's found murdered, and not just his religion but his sexuality complicate the list of usual suspects.
7 7 "Cameron Bell" Phil Earnshaw Alex Levine May 29, 2011 (2011-05-29) 167 000[16]
A video emerges of an officer, the partner of King's husband, beating an informant. King is given the suspended pair's ongoing case--a murder at a skating rink.
8 8 "Scout Winter" Jerry Ciccoritti Greg Spottiswood June 5, 2011 (2011-06-05) 137 000[17]
King's put on the headline-grabbing case of the beating of an anti-racist activist, but it turns out that her prime suspect, a skinhead, is a federal agent working undercover.

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

Total # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Canadian
viewers
9 1 "Alina Minkute" Jerry Ciccoritti Adriana Maggs February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29) 109 000[18]
A drowned stripper is linked to the son of the former chief of police. King, a few weeks pregnant, has two new members on her team.
10 2 "Josh Simpson" Lee Rose Adam Peddle March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07) 94 000[19]
King and her team investigate the shooting of an officer at an illegal poker game.
11 3 "Jamila Karan" Jerry Ciccoritti David Barlow March 14, 2012 (2012-03-14) 64 000[20]
The daughter of a jewellery-buyer is kidnapped. After some other cops interfere in what they didn't know to be a ransom drop-off, the Major Crimes Task Force is brought in to fix things. King becomes worried about her pregnancy.
12 4 "Charlene Francis" Robert Lieberman Patrick Tarr March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) 54 000[21]
King's ex-husband, a Detective Sergeant (Shawn Doyle), has his car stolen. In the back seat is a computer with case files revealing the identity of an undercover officer.
13 5 "Sunil Sharma" Don McBrearty Brad Simpson March 28, 2012 (2012-03-28) 140 000[22]
After a lead detective can't handle the case of a murdered Hindu family, King brings in her team to figure out whether or not it was an honour killing.
14 6 "Freddy Boise" Jerry Ciccoritti John Krizanc April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04) 80 000[23]
A heart goes missing before a transplant and King's team must track it down. King's father falls ill.
15 7 "Jared and Stacey Cooper" George Mihalka Greg Spottiswood April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13) 49 000[24]
King and her team investigate the apparent murder-suicide of a wife and her MMA-fighter husband. King takes an old woman, arrested for throwing stones at a car, under her wing.
16 8 "Isabelle Toomey" Don McBrearty Morwyn Brebner and Adam Pettle April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20) 79 000[25]
Chief Graci asks King to look into a 15-year cold case that still haunts him, taking her away from preparations for Thanksgiving dinner with her family.
17 9 "Chris Harris" Lee Rose David Barlow April 27, 2012 (2012-04-27) 60 000[26]
Evans discovers that false testimony may have been given in her brother's murder trial. King finds out why healthy pregnancies are unlikely for her as long as she's with Danny.
18 10 "Alicia Pratta" Jerry Ciccoritti Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman and Greg Spottiswood May 4, 2012 (2012-05-04) 42 000[27]
King and her team investigate the sexual assault of the daughter of a woman whose own sexual assault, years earlier, was mishandled by the Winnipeg police. King and Danny start the adoption process.
19 11 "Justice Calvin Faulkner" Don McBrearty Brad Simpson and Patrick Tarr May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11) 58 000[28]
King must contain a scandal and delve into the messy personal life of a Family Court Judge after he’s found strangled with a negligee.
20 12 "Aurora O'Donnell" Jerry Ciccoritti Raymond Storey May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18) 87 000[29]
Aurora O'Donnell's 911 call leads police to a corpse-dumping ground north of the city. King and her team must find the serial killer responsible.
21 13 "Wendy Stetler" Don McBrearty Greg Spottiswood and Bernard Zukerman May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25)
Scott Spivak is dead, but King is convinced his uncle is responsible for some of the Lake Road killings. But with no evidence, another suspect, and turmoil in her personal life, can she close the case?

DVD release[edit]

On 6 March 2012, Entertainment One released season 1 on DVD in Canada only.[30]

Reception[edit]

Bill Brioux notes that King is one of many new shows premièring in April 2011 which is making April to be the "new September", the traditional time for premièring new series in North America. "Spring really is the new fall on specialty channels."[31] In reviewing the first episode Brioux found it "seemed pretty seen-it-before" but that Amy Price-Francis "has sass and sparkle which should enliven a drama with a bit of a dark comedy tone."[32] Cassandra Szklarski points out that with the "recent explosion in Hogtown-based series" such as Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, and The Listener the unique spin of setting a cop drama in Toronto is no longer so unique. Szklarski admits that King is another "urban whodunit" but that it goes about it from a distinctively female point of view.[33] Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald found the fallibility of the character Derek Spears to be "what promises to give King its continued dramatic tension."[34] Bill Harris of Quebecor Media found King is "not a cookie-cutter police procedural" in that DS King's personal life is a significant part of the show.[35]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "REIGNING HER WAY" (Press release). Shaw Media. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Vlessing, Ethan (9 November 2011). "King in production in Toronto". Playback. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Andrew (30 November 2010). "Clark Johnson: The King maker". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Vlessing, Ethan (8 November 2010). "Danny Glover, Bruce Greenwood Topline 'Donovan's Echo'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
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  8. ^ a b Yeo, Debra (2011-05-19). "A new King for France - TV - Toronto.com". toronto.com. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shaw Media Unveils 2011/12 Programming Lineup For Its Specialty Channels" (Press release). Shaw Media. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 12, 2012). "Exclusive: Universal Channel Acquires UK Rights To King". TVWise. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
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  22. ^ Brioux, Bill (3 April 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang easily tops Junos, Sun News gets lift from political boxing stunt show". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  23. ^ Brioux, Bill (11 April 2012). "The Brioux Report: Big Bang's Easter Miracle". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  24. ^ Brioux, Bill (17 April 2012). "The Brioux Report: Stanley Cup fever". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
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  28. ^ Brioux, Bill (16 May 2012). "The Brioux Report: 4 Mil+ say 'I do' to Big Bang". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  29. ^ Brioux, Bill (26 May 2012). "The Brioux Report: rare win for Grey's Anatomy". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
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  32. ^ Brioux, Bill (20 April 2011). "Showcase hopes XIII its lucky number". TV Feeds My Family. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  33. ^ Szklarski, Cassandra (14 April 2011). "Brash female police boss joins cop dramas". Metro News. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  34. ^ Volmers, Eric (13 April 2011). "Fit for a King: Local actor stars in new cop drama". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
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