Citytv’s #1 Original Scripted Hit Series Hudson & Rex Greenlit for Season 3
– Production is scheduled to begin this July in St. John’s –
TORONTO (June 16, 2020) – Who let the dogs out?! As announced on Breakfast Television this morning, Hudson & Rex – Citytv’s highest-rated original scripted series* – is back with more bite as it returns for Season 3. Produced by Shaftesbury and Pope Productions Ltd., in association with Citytv and Beta Film GmbH, the new 16-episode season is bound to deliver more action and heartwarming moments with the return of beloved duo John Reardon as Detective Charlie Hudson ( @JohnHBReardon) and Diesel vom Burgimwald as Rex ( @hudsonandrex ).
Working within the provincial guidelines, production for Season 3 is scheduled to begin this July with the paw-some duo investigating new high-profile crimes and sniffing out mysteries for the St. John’s Police Department. Sold to more than 100 Territories including Italy, Germany, and France, Hudson & Rex will continue to be filmed in St. John’s, Nfld, where the series is set. Starring alongside John Reardon and Diesel are returning cast members Mayko Nguyen ( @maykohaixep) as Dr. Sarah Truong, Kevin Hanchard ( @KevinHanchard) as Superintendent Joseph Donovan, and Justin Kelly ( @IsJustKelly) as Tech Analyst Jesse Mills.
“Audience response to Hudson & Rex has been overwhelmingly positive, especially with families who can relate to the duo’s playful dynamic,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Sports & Media. “Viewers are in for a real treat, as we have lots of intriguing storylines full of heart lined up for Season 3.”
“We’re excited to head into production on a third season of Hudson & Rex with our great partners at Rogers Sports & Media,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury/ Executive Producer, Hudson & Rex. “This season will bring more Canadian stories to a growing global audience for the series, set amidst the beautiful backdrop of St John’s, Newfoundland.”
Viewers can catch up on the first two seasons on the Citytv NOW app for iOS, Android, and fourth-generation Apple TV. Details on broadcast dates for Season 3 will be announced in the coming weeks.
*Numeris: Total Canada, City Total, AMA(000), *Reference groups Ind2+/Total Canada indexed to M-F 7-11p Citytv programming between 03/25/2019 – 3/24/2020
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Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, and digital. Shaftesbury's current slate includes 13 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, three seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, three seasons of critically acclaimed horror series Slasher for Netflix, two seasons of Hudson & Rex for Citytv/Rogers Media, and several new primetime series including Departure for Global/Corus Entertainment and NBC Universal, Dead Still for RTÉ, Acorn TV, and Citytv/Rogers, and The Sounds for CBC, Acorn TV, and Sky NZ. Building on a rich slate of award-winning kids programs, Shaftesbury’s growing roster of Kids and Family co-viewing programming brings fresh content to a new generation of tween and young adult viewers across all platforms. Current shows include The Solutioneers, Miikshi, Stinky Science, Life with Luca, based on the Disney hit series Life with Derek and Mary and Flo on the Go! based on the characters from Frankie Drake Mysteries. Shaftesbury's branded division produces original entertainment projects for brands, including the global phenomenon Carmilla for U by Kotex/Kimberly-Clark, Turning the Tables for göt2b®/Henkel, and Futurithmic for Nokia. Shaftesbury’s technology division works with leading healthcare institutions and researchers to explore and develop clinical applications for immersive media experiences including augmented and virtual reality, including a recent focus on children’s therapeutic support tools. www.shaftesbury.ca
About Pope Productions
Pope Productions is a St. John's based media production company, helmed by producer Paul Pope. Recent features and MOWs include the CBC comedy A Christmas Fury and festival favourites Hunting Pignut, Beat Down and Grown Up Movie Star, which scored a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for Tatiana Maslany. Documentaries include It’s Mental, Heavy Weather Presents, the multi award winning My Left Breast, Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic and Going the Distance. From the historical dramatic miniseries Above and Beyond, to the classic comedy Rare Birds and the outrageous series Drunk and on Drugs: The Happy Funtime Hour, Pope’s rich repertoire reflects its deep commitment to a vibrant production industry both in Newfoundland and nationally.
About Beta Film
Beta Film produces, finances and distributes high-end entertainment content for the global market. Owned by Jan Mojto since 2004, it draws on both long-standing and new relationships spanning public and private broadcasters, streaming platforms and special interest channels, production companies, theatrical and video distributors, and organizers of major film and TV festivals. The group partners with and holds stakes in European production companies for fiction and non-fiction as well as special interest channels. Founded in 1959 by Leo Kirch, Beta Film is based in Munich, Germany with offices in the US, Latin America, Asia and throughout Europe.
Alessia Staffieri, Citytv, Alessia.Staffieri@rci.rogers.com , 647.262.8412
Iain Christiansen, Shaftesbury, firstname.lastname@example.org , 647.338.4590
Dorothee Stoewahse, Beta, Dorothee.Stoewahse@betafilm.com , + 49 89 67 34 69 15