When Flashpoint returns to CTV for season three on August 6 (and continues on CBS, who blithely ignore production seasons), the co-creators promise even more of a glimpse into the personal lives of the core characters. "What's holding this season together is a family theme," said Stephanie Morgenstern.
The long-estranged, long-referenced son of Greg Parker (Enrico Colantoni) will make an appearance this year. In addition, the episode that aired out of order on CBS on July 16 and was intended to be the season three premiere – it was presented as a "sneak peek" on CTV — brought the first look at the difficult relationship between Ed Lane (Hugh Dillon) and his brother, and revealed his wife’s surprise pregnancy.
"It reaches a point of such strain that she leaves him, even though she's pregnant. That’s resolved in the finale," Morgenstern revealed.
"The theme of the whole series is the human cost of heroism," explained Morgenstern’s writing partner and husband Mark Ellis. "How can you be a cop who puts his life on the line every day, and then come home and be the guy who cuts the grass and is there for your family?"
Season three will focus on family bonds that go beyond blood relationships, "whether it’s a group of white supremacists who are on a mission to help the world become whiter, or a group of young basketball stars who are bound together in an oath of secrecy," Morgenstern said. 'Any strong connections between people they’ll make extreme sacrifices for, whether they’re blood families or families of choice — we’re testing all that."
Those tests will come with the help of some impressive guest stars, including, in Friday’s episode, Kelly Rowan (The OC), plus Lauren Holly (NCIS), Victor Garber (Alias), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Ian Tracey (Intelligence), and Douglas Smith (Big Love).
Canadian audiences have waited over eight months for the new season of Flashpoint, though CBS just finished airing season two (while calling part of it season three). The show has generally been scheduled with long breaks within and between seasons, causing fan consternation and confusion along the way.
"From our perspective, there's never really a long gap," an exhausted Ellis pointed out in our interview, conducted just as they were heading away for the weekend after writing the season three finale, before continuing with the grueling production schedule.