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article imageEnnis Esmer talks about ‘The Listener’ Special

By John Duarte     May 25, 2012 in Entertainment
Toronto - Ennis Esmer is a busy guy. He co-hosts the Canadian edition of the game show “Wipeout,” has a recurring role on the TV series “Covert Affairs” and is currently busy on the set of “The L.A. Complex.”
And, yet, he still manages to take a few minutes to promote the upcoming season of the CTV show The Listener and talk about his character Osman (Oz) Bey, a paramedic whose partner and friend Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) has telepathic abilities. A major change for Season 3 of the show evolves around Toby’s decision to step away from his duties as paramedic to work more closely with the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB). Esmer says that decision has a deep impact on Oz.
“It’s a learning process for Oz,” Esmer says. “Toby is not around as much anymore and there are some issues in Oz’s personal life that he must also deal with.”
The character’s growth on the show is something Esmer enjoys especially as he has been with The Listener since its debut and has had the opportunity to interject a bit of himself into Oz.
“It’s surprising how long a leash they give me,” says Esmer. “I am given all this room to play… as long as I am not changing (the flow of) scenes. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Esmer was born in Turkey and moved to Toronto, with his family, at the age of three. He studied theatre at York University and worked on his improvisational skills with Second City. As his career developed so grew his acting resume. Among the shows Esmer has been involved with include The Border, Murdoch Mysteries, Billable Hours and a handful of movies.
The cast of “The Listener” includes (from left to right) Ennis Esmer (Oz Bey)  Craig Olejnik (To...
The cast of “The Listener” includes (from left to right) Ennis Esmer (Oz Bey), Craig Olejnik (Toby Logan), Lauren Lee Smith (Sergeant Michelle McCluskey) and Rainbow Sun Francks (Corporal Dev Clark).
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Currently, he has a recurring role on The L.A. Complex. The show about an aspiring actress who moves to Los Angeles seeking fame and fortune airs on MuchMusic at 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights.
This summer, Esmer will be shooting a movie called Sex After Kids, for writer/director Jeremy Lalonde. And, he has just finished re-shooting a few scenes for a TV series based on the Transporter movies. The actor says being busy is just fine by him.
“I can’t say that I get bored with what I do,” says Esmer. “Professionally, I’m fortunate that I have time to work on different projects. It’s fun.”
With the new season of The Listener a few days away and if he isn’t too busy, Esmer can even sit back and enjoy watching the show.
In the season premiere, The Bank Job, Toby decides to try to ignore his telepathic abilities due to the mental strain they are putting on his daily life and heeding the warnings of Dr. Olivia Fawcett (Mylène Dinh-Robic) regarding the impact on his overall health. Toby’s attempt at living a normal life is put to the test when he is taken hostage during a bank robbery. While Toby’s abilities help Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) with the robbery investigation, it also places him in a precarious situation when McCluskey reveals the truth about Tody to her boss.
CTV promises there are plenty of surprises in store during the coming season of the show, including the death of a “key” character and a crossover event with another network show, Flashpoint.“With the focus of The Listener shifting from the hospital to the IIB, Season 3 delivers a new perspective on an established favourite," says Phil King, president of programming and sports for CTV. “With the death of a major character, a roster of strong guest stars including Peter Outerbridge and Fefe Dobson, and the Flashpoint crossover episode, the new season delivers ongoing drama for established fans of the series and potential new viewers."
Season 3 of The Listener premieres May 30, 2012, at 10 p.m. on CTV.
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