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Bravo announced last June that they would be producing the English adaptation of the award-winning Québec series 19-2. Set in Montreal, the new series marks an important transition for Bravo into the world of scripted TV (opinions about just how “real” are the Real Housewives notwithstanding). We found out this week that production is officially underway. If you’re like me, you probably missed the original Quebec version (it’s in French afterall!) So, here’s a little synopsis to catch you up:
A richly-nuanced human drama, 19-2 follows the lives of patrol officers Ben Chartier (Keeso) and Nick Barron (Holmes). Nick is a veteran on Montréal’s urban police force and has just returned from a three-month leave following the traumatic shooting of his partner. On his first day back, he is unhappy to learn he has been partnered with Ben, who has just transferred from a small town to restart his life in the big city. Both men are good cops who deeply care about the job, yet struggle to move beyond painful events in their past. Ben and Nick must attempt to put their differences aside as their lives further intertwine, both professionally and personally, and continue to take surprising and dramatic turns.
Maxim Roy joins the cast as Nick’s estranged wife and fellow district detective, Isabelle Latendresse. Laurence Leboeuf joins as Audrey Pouliot, a fellow uniformed cop who is attracted to her colleague Nick. Additional cast announced today include Dan Petronijevic as angry beat cop J.M. Brouillard, Mylène Dinh-Robic as Tyler’s no-nonsense partner Béatrice Hamelin, Conrad Pla as straight-shooting Sergeant Julien Houle, and Bruce Robert Ramsay as the manipulative District Commander Marcel Gendron.
We’re expecting a 10-episode first season, set to air sometime in 2014. What do you think about Bravo delving into the scripted world?