Reader Mailbag: “What Is Going On With ‘Flashpoint’ On Universal Channel?”

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Back in March of this year, Universal Channel announced that they had secured the rights to Canadian drama series Flashpoint and would begin airing the series on March 19th. Universal kept airing the series weeknights at 8pm and had, rather quickly, arrived at the end of season 3 in which the character Edward Lane was shot, ending that season on a cliffhanger. Since then we have received a number of questions on the series that revolved around 1) Universal’s labelling of seasons and 2) when the series would return. Leading us to today’s question from Sarah, which asked “What the hell is going on with Flashpoint on Universal Channel? Is it coming back?” I’ll answer these as best I can below:

1) Did Universal Mislabel The Seasons? Are We Waiting On Season 3 or 4?

When the series launched on Universal, there appears to have been some confusion as to which episodes belonged to which seasons (but any US or Canadian readers will know this is hardly unique to Universal Channel here in the UK). To be clear, Universal labelled episodes 1-31 as “season 1” and episodes 32-44 as “season 2.” Our US & Canadian readers (or anyone who cared to check on wikipedia) will know season 1 consisted of 13 episodes, followed by 18 episodes in season 2 and a further 13 episodes in season 3. So, to be clear, yes the seasons were mislabelled and Universal have previously shown seasons 1-3.

2) Does Universal Have The Rights To Seasons 4 & 5?

This is another question we were asked a lot as Universal’s initial announcement was rather vague. However, back in August TVWise confirmed that the deal Universal signed for Flashpoint was a life of series deal and as such they have the rights to all seasons of the show for as long as it’s made. Unfortunately, the producers have decided to end Flashpoint after season 5.

3) When Will We Get Season 4? You Tweeted October, Is That Still Correct?

Unfortunately not. It’s true that earlier this week I was told by Universal that new episodes would return in October and I tweeted that fact. However, while Flashpoint will return to Universal Channel in October it won’t be new episodes. It seems someone at Universal has realised their faux pas over the titling of seasons and have scheduled a repeat of season 3, this time actually titled as season 3. Those episodes from the show’s third season will begin airing on weeknights at 8pm from Monday October 22nd. On the upside I’m told that they will then lead into the UK premiere of the fourth season in Mid-November.

TVWise will bring you the UK Premiere Date for the fourth season of Flashpoint just as soon as it is announced by Universal Channel.