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Press release
19 August 1998

Keatley MacLeod Productions and Atlantis Films now in production on 15 new one-hour episodes of Cold Squad

[excerpt]

Second season filming in British Columbia, to launch on CTV Friday, September 25 at 10 p.m. (ET)

TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ — Cold Squad, the Gemini-nominated and highly-rated one-hour primetime drama series produced by KEATLEY MACLEOD PRODUCTIONS and ATLANTIS FILMS, is currently in production of a second season of 15 new one-hour episodes. This brings the total number of episodes to date to 26.

The second season of Cold Squad, which is being filmed on location in British Columbia, will air Fridays at 10 p.m. (ET) on the CTV Television Network, beginning with part one of a two-part story entitled "Jane Doe" on Friday, September 25 at 10 p.m. (ET). Part two of "Jane Doe" will air Friday, October 2 at 10 p.m. (ET).

Created by Matt MacLeod (pseudonym), a former RCMP undercover officer, the father and daughter team of Philip and Julia Keatley, and developed with ATLANTIS FILMS, Cold Squad is about an unconventional team of Vancouver police detectives who solve old, unsolved murders known in the trade as "cold files." The team uses innovative forensic and investigative techniques and skills to decipher these forgotten and abandoned criminal investigations.

Cold Squad stars Julie Stewart (North of 60, Letter From Francis) as "Ali McCormick," the ambitious female sergeant who has revitalized the Squad and Genie-Award winner Michael Hogan (Solitaire, Diplomatic Immunity) as "Tony Logozzo," the burnt-out street cop everyone has written off as a has-been.

Returning to the series are Joy Tanner (Nancy Drew, Boogie's Diner) as the civilian behavioural profiler and forensic wizard "Jill Stone," Jay Brazeau (Kissed, Andre) as "Sam Fisher" the head of the Forensic Unit, Paul Coeur (Road to Saddle River, Solitaire) as veteran homicide sergeant "Lloyd Mastrowski," Hiro Kanagawa (Survival on the Mountain, The X-Files) as homicide detective "James Kai," and Linda Ko (Star Child, The Spree) aspolice coroner "Christine Liu."

New to the series are Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series, Crocodile Shoes) as "Inspector Simon Ross," the new, charismatic head of Homicide; Lori Triolo (The Truth About Edward Brannigan, The X- Files) as "JackieCortez," the fiery Internal Affairs detective sent to work in the Cold Squad unit; and Bob Frazer (Dead Man's Gun, Stargate) as "Eddie Carson," a hard-working rookie cop who cuts his teeth at Cold Squad.

Cold Squad was recently honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television with eight Gemini Award nominations, including a nomination in the prestigious Best Dramatic Series category. Other nominated categories for theseries are Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Julie Stewart), Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Anne Wheeler), Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series (Christopher Bolton;Tom McBeath), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series (Lynda Boyd; Patti Harras; Gabrielle Rose).

Cold Squad, which launched January 23, 1998 on CTV, was the number one Canadian show with Toronto/Hamilton viewers in its debut period according to A.C. Nielsen, and was the only Canadian-produced show in Nielsen's top 20 list the week of January 26 - February 1, 1998 in the Toronto/Hamilton area. Cold Squad made it into Nielsen's top 20 list again the week of March 16 - 22, 1998, winning the entire Friday, 10 p.m. time slot on March 20, racking up401,000 viewers (2+) in the Toronto/Hamilton area and scoring a 7.9 Households rating, as well as a 5.4 (2+).

Executive Producers of Cold Squad are Julia Keatley and Matt MacLeod of KEATLEY MACLEOD, ATLANTIS FILMS' Anne Marie La Traverse and Seaton McLean, and veteran show-runner Robert B. Carney. Philip Keatley and David Cole are Producers.

ATLANTIS RELEASING distributes Cold Squad worldwide except in the U.S., where it is distributed by KEATLEY MACLEOD PRODUCTIONS.

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