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August 25, 2008

CBS pickup of 'Flashpoint' likely

Buried in all the "American Idol" and ABC pickup action today: Canadian broadcaster CTV renewed crime drama "Flashpoint" for a second season. So does that mean that "Flashpoint" will also return to CBS?

Source say there's a very good chance it will.

Though modestly rated (recent episodes tallied about a 1.7 rating among adults 18 to 49), "Flashpoint" reliably filled a hole in CBS' schedule while the network aired practically nothing else but repeats and "Big Brother." Broadcasters have been struggling to find scripted shows that can draw a summer audience for years. More important: sources say the show's economics (the first season was a co-production between CBS Paramount and CTV) make a second round of "Flashpoint" a steal.

So, nothing firm here yet. But odds are favorable.

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