Cold Squad (TV series) Format Crime drama Created by Julia Keatley and Matt MacLeod Starring Julie Stewart
Country of origin Canada No. of seasons 7 No. of episodes 98 Production Running time 60 min. Broadcast Original channel CTV Original run January 23, 1998 – June 4, 2005 External links Website
Cold Squad is a Canadian police procedural television series first broadcast in 1998 that followed the investigations of a part of the Vancouver Police Department Homicide Division tasked with solving cold cases, the titular Cold Squad, as led by Sergeant Ali McCormick (Julie Stewart).
The cast of Cold Squad was diverse and changing, McCormick being the only character to appear in all 7 seasons. Some notable series regulars include Detective Tony Logozzo (Michael Hogan) in seasons 1-2, Sgt. Frank Coscarella (Stephen McHattie) in seasons 3-4, Sgt. Len Harper (Matthew Bennett) in seasons 5-7, Insp. Vince Schneider (Jerry Wasserman) season 1, Insp. Simon Ross (Peter Wingfield) season 2, Insp. Andrew Pawlachuk (Garry Chalk) seasons 3-7, Det. Mickey Kollander (Tamara Craig Thomas) seasons 3-6, Det. Nicco Sevallis (Gregory Calpakis) seasons 3-6, Christine Wren (Joely Collins) seasons 4-7, as well as Det. Samantha Walters (Sonja Bennett) and Const. Ray Chase (Tahmoh Penikett) in season 7.
Between the second and third seasons, almost the entire on-screen cast other than Julie Stewart were replaced (although Michael Hogan and Peter Wingfield do appear in the season three 2-part opener Deadly Games). This along with the new sets, a significant revamp of the credits and theme music, and even having McCormick's hair change from auburn to dirty-blonde all contributed to a considerable reworking of the series.
Due to CTV's sporadic scheduling of the final season, the last episodes of the series initially premiered in their French-dubbed versions on Séries+ in 2004, long before the English versions of those episodes eventually aired on CTV in the Spring of 2005 as part of a "crime time" block on Saturday nights.
When Cold Case premiered, the show's similarities to Cold Squad (including but not limited to a tough female cop with dirty blonde hair leading a team investigating cold cases) led Cold Squad creators Julia Keatley and Matt MacLeod to retain an intellectual property attorney to look into the situation (CTV also aired Cold Case as well).
In 2005, Program Partners / Sony Pictures Television announced that it had acquired the U.S. syndication rights and began airing the show for the first time for United States audiences beginning in September 2006.
Cold Squad aired on Sleuth in the US in 2009, and as of fall 2010 still airs in rerun in Canada on Mystery TV.
- The Enigma Files, UK / BBC, 1980
- Cold Case Files, A&E, 1999
- Waking the Dead, UK / BBC, 2000
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