Posted: 01/03/2004


A Killing Spring

by Del Harvey

A Killing Spring, the fifth Kilbourn CTV movie based on the best-selling books by Gail Bowen and starring Wendy Crewson, coming from MTI Home Video.

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Fear, deceit and violence run rampant at the School of Journalism where Joanne Kilbourn was once a professor. When the dean of the journalism faculty is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Joanne is unofficially enlisted to solve the crime.

The promise of a prestigious internship, the revelation of journalistic corruption and a threat against Joanne’s professional life all play a part in unmasking one man’s determination to advance himself at any cost.

A Killing Spring offers a solid mystery story presented with strong acting from veterans Crewson and Ontkean, with support from Zachery Ty Bryan (TV’s Home Improvement) and Shawn Doyle (Frequency, Knockaround Guys). Much like Britain’s Prime Suspect series, or the Angela Lansbury hit Murder, She Wrote, A Killing Spring is more bookish than sensational in its suspense.

A Killing Spring is part of the on-going “CTV Mystery” strand and is the fifth in the series from Canadian author Gail Bowen’s popular murder mystery series (Deadly Appearances; Love and Murder; The Wandering Soul Murders; A Colder Kind of Death). The two-hour special features Gemini-Award-winning Wendy Crewson (The Sixth Day) as ex-cop Joanne Kilbourn. Written by Joe Wiesenfeld and Jeremy Hole, and directed by Stephen Williams (Hard Times: The David Milgaard Story), this made-for-television film is produced by Toronto-based Shaftesbury Films in association with CTV.

A Killing Spring finds its rental debut in January, 2004, from MTI Home Video.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly. He teaches screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago and is a devout Bears fan.

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