CTV Television Network

City, The

Network: CTV Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1999

Broadcast Medium: Television

Originally announced as in production under the title “Flesh and Blood”, this new one-hour CTV series failed under its new title despite being hailed by the Toronto Star as “gritty and sophisticated”. CTV’s own release talked of “sex and betrayal in the mansions of Rosedale”, and “greed and skullduggery at City Hall”. They were all there, but despite the efforts of a strong cast, which included Tory Higginson, John Ralston, Aidan Devine, Michael Sarrazin and Shawn Doyle, the ratings didn’t match the hype. At least the show didn’t pretend to be set anywhere but in downtown Toronto, many of whose landmarks were featured regularly.

Launched as a mid-season entry in March 1999, The City played at 9:00pm on Thursdays for the balance of the season, returning at 9:00pm on Fridays in the fall of 1999. It was not renewed at the end of the 1999-2000 season.

Written by Pip Wedge – June, 2002