WGN AMERICA, SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND CANADA'S CTV PICK UP "CARTER" FOR SEASON TWO
Comedic Procedural Series Starring Jerry O'Connell to Return This Year
Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2019) - WGN America, Sony Pictures Television's networks, and Canada's CTV announced today the renewal of the comedic procedural series Carter for a second season, starring Jerry O'Connell (Billions), Sydney Poitier Heartsong (Chicago P.D.) and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black). Andy Berman (Psych, Rosewood) joins Carter as Showrunner and Executive Producer for its sophomore season, which will return to North Bay, Ontario to commence production this spring. Series creator Garry Campbell (Kids in The Hall, MADtv) returns as an executive producer and writer on the series.
"Carter and Jerry O'Connell are beloved by viewers and critics alike," said Gavin Harvey, President of WGN America. "This show is the perfect mix of procedural drama and witty comedy, and we look forward to seeing how its story further unfolds."
Carter revolves around Harley Carter (O'Connell), the star of a hit detective TV show, who decides he needs a break from Hollywood and returns to his northern hometown where he quickly discovers that his years of playing a fictional detective come in handy when he finds himself immersed in real-life mysteries. In season two, Carter plants roots as a celebrity PI and doubles down on his fame in a world where life continues to imitate TV. But Carter will discover that the toughest cases to solve are personal ones when he finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with his best friend and her new boss, where the stakes are winner takes all.
The series was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for AXN in Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Central Europe and Russia; and by CTV in Canada. The series is distributed by SPT worldwide, excluding Canada. In the U.S., Carter aired on WGN America as its most-watched original series in 2018. In Canada, Carter made CTV's sister channel, Bravo, the #1 specialty channel in its timeslot. Carter has also been a boon to AXN around the world. For example, it has been a success across Europe, reaching 6.5 million total viewers in 2018.
"Carter is the perfect counter-balance to the darker, more serialized fare we are commissioning and buying around the world," said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming and Production for Sony Pictures Television Networks. "Jerry O'Connell is a force of nature and we couldn't be more excited to produce an even bigger, funnier, elevated second season for our fans around the world."
"Partnering with strong global players to produce content that works both at home and abroad is foundational to our original production strategy, and Carter ticks all those boxes," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. "We are thrilled to work with the team at Sony and WGN America, our partners at Amaze, and this brilliant cast to bring fans more Harley Carter."
Carter is produced by Amaze Film + Television, executive produced by the company's Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) as well as Campbell, Berman and series star O'Connell.
ABOUT WGN AMERICA AND TRIBUNE MEDIA COMPANY
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ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
ABOUT AMAZE FILM + TELEVISION
Amaze Film + Television is an international film and television production company based in Toronto founded by producers Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence. Amaze's diverse portfolio includes the award-winning HBO series CALL ME FITZ, starring Jason Priestley, the � hour comedy THE STANLEY DYNAMIC, the TIFF Kids Audience award winning family film FINN ON THE FLY, the feature SAINT RALPH distributed theatrically around the world, and most recently the comedy documentary BEING CANADIAN, that was nominated for a WGA Award and hit the iTunes top 10 during the week of its release. For more info visit Amaze Film + Television at amazefilm.com.