Re storylines -- the crime stories are often inspired by real events, or stories we get from consultants and police officers -- the character stuff is harder, in a way, and takes months of discussion and arguing and salty food and sleepless nights.
Re a new love interest for Sam: after last season's finale, we felt like it was time for Sam to decide to move on -- professionally and personally. It seemed like a real and honest choice for him.
We can't use the real Toronto crests for all sorts of legal reasons. Why, you don't like our crests?
Paintball scene was suggested by our locations manager -- he thought it was an awesome location, and we thought it would be a fun way to watch our young cops "relaxing" by competing and shooting (both of which tied into the episode's bigger events and themes).
Our writers are so great, that, no, it's not hard to have to consider their input. I'm dying for their input, that's why they're there. We argue a lot, and we have different opinions, but that's what keeps us honest. Best idea wins.
Some amazing guest stars this season. Louis Ferreira is in a few episodes and he's terrific. Greg Smith's brother does a hilarious and charming turn as a guest star. And we have a few new recurring characters that you'll start to see a lot more of by mid-season. Love interests, anyone?
Re Toronto specificity: At first, we were a little more careful about being vague about the city specifics -- so as not to alienate viewers in other countries. Less so now. But I think it's pretty clear that the show's set in TO, to anyone who knows our city. I mean, the CN Tower is in practically every shot! We're insanely proud to be shooting here, and to be a 100% Canadian show.
Re Andy's mom: we've always felt that Andy's childhood and early experiences would have an effect on her, for good and for bad. So yes, we're aware that Andy may be repeating some patterns that she's not even necessarily conscious of. That said, I think her choice to leave at the end of S3 was a strong one, as a woman and as a police officer.