TVLine Items: Flashpoint Cops Season 5 Renewal, 30 Rock Tackles Death of Kim Jong-il and More

The members of Flashpoint’s Strategic Response Unit will keep on reporting for duty, now that the cop drama’s new home, ION Television, has picked up the Toronto-produced series for another season.

Season 5, to consist of 13 episodes, begins production next month.

Originally acquired by and aired in the U.S. on CBS, Flashpoint moved to ION’s slate in October 2011 after the network acquired all Season 1-3 episodes from along with 11 Season 4 originals. On Dec. 27, the drama delivered its ION highs in total viewers (2.1 million) and in some key demos.

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• How — if at all — will 30 Rock address the recent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who on the NBC comedy had kidnapped Jack’s wife Avery (played by Elizabeth Banks) and forced her to marry him? Executive producer Robert Carlock tells Us Weekly that since they’d already shot several episodes at the time Kim died, the “puzzle” is going to be “trying to figure out how to get [Avery] out of [North Korea] and… continue things.” Carlock’s half-serious pitch: Perhaps 30 Rock will suggest that Kim (portrayed on the sitcom by comedienne Margaret Cho) merely faked his death.

• Let’s Make a Deal host Wayne Brady will guest-star as himself on the Jan. 18 installment of The Bold and the Beautiful when two of the CBS soap’s stars appear on the game show, Soap Opera Digest reports.

• Simon Cowell has announced plans to return to Britain’s Got Talent as a full-time, judge, following one season away. Joining Cowell at the dais will be Amanda Holden and newcomers Alesha Dixon (BBC’s Dancing With the Stars) and David Walliams (Little Britain). Cowell’s Talent encore is not expected to clash with his Stateside X Factor duties.

Chaos‘ James Murray and Royal Pains‘ Patrick Heusinger are set to co-star in NBC’s futuristic drama pilot, Beautiful People, per Deadline. The potential series is set in a future society where humans and human-like androids co-exist, though not as equals. Murray will play an attorney who fights for the ‘droids rights, while Heusinger will play a “Mechanical” servant struggling with human emotions.

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  1. Dearnamaydoglione says:

    *Correction: Avery was forced to marry Kim Jong-Un.

  2. Robin says:

    Michael do you know when the premier of Awake is scheduled to air? I can’t find a date anywhere? Thanks

  3. SoFla says:

    YEAH!!! Love FLASHPOINT. So very happy they picked it up for Season 5!!! Way to go ION … will definitely keep watching FLASHPOINT and all the other shows (Criminal Minds especially) you have on your network.

  4. kevin says:

    Elizabeth Banks needs to be cast in a TV series (comedy or drama).

  5. Michael says:

    Yeah for Flashpoint

  6. Jenn says:

    Great news! Thanks so much for reporting!

  7. Lisa London says:

    Great news. Flashpoint is a highlight of my TV watching: fast-paced action and believable heroes. Long may it live!

    • Beth fomby says:

      I am from texarkana Texas and we watched flashpoint regularly its one of the best cop shows ever made the story of all the characters is great and all of us want flashpoint back so please bring it back

  8. Rach says:

    Thank you TVLine for giving Flashpoint some much deserved love and attention!!! It’s an amazing show and wayy underrated.
    Can’t wait for season 5!!!

  9. Caitlin says:

    Does anyone know what day and time Flashpoint will be aired? Im really interested in watching it… Ive watched all the episodes to get caught up and now i cant find a date to when season 5 will be aired…

  10. Maria says:

    This is another one of my favs. So glad the show is bringing it back. Looking forward to the upcoming season. I never miss a show. Thanks ION :-)

  11. Love flash point and rookie blue please keep these shows on forever

  12. Mark says:

    Great news just pre-ordered season four .
    Which gets released here in the UK on the
    15/05/12 .
    Hope flashpoint keeps going strong , great show
    Wth a world wide fan base .

  13. bless says:

    flashpoint, the show with heart, action and moral lesson….love you all SRU…

  14. Melissa Dean says:

    Flash Point was one of my FAVORITE SHOWS, the last one seen on ION was when Jewel and Sam was going to tell everyone that she was pregnant. They need to bring it back on regular TV. Lost without them…..