CTV Extend gets Blue with Julia Stiles

CTV announced on Monday that it has acquired the award-winning web series Blue, starring Julia Stiles, for its recently launched digital platform CTV Extend. The show follows the story of Stiles who plays a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort.

The first two seasons are available for streaming on the free, ad-supported VOD network at CTV.ca and on the CTV Go app, along with the recently launched season three, which adds Eric Stoltz and Alexz Johnson to the cast.

Blue was created for WIGS, a YouTube network that carries scripted series and documentaries made by high-profile Hollywood stars and filmmakers. It was founded by producer Jon Avnet (Risky Business, Black Swan) and Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Albert Nobbs), the writer/director behind Blue.

Although the first two seasons of Blue were originally seen on WIGS in the US, the per episode running times in season three were extended to about 40 to 60 minutes from under 10 minutes, and they streamed on Hulu, Fox.com and the WIGS website, not YouTube. CTV has exclusive rights to season three in Canada.

In addition to the eight hours of episodes, CTV Extend will also host numerous digital extras for Blue, including behind-the-scenes vignettes with the filmmakers, writers, actors and crew. As it continues to license content for the VOD platform that it launched this past spring, CTV is taking a leadership role in the Canadian market where broadcasters are feeling the pressure from OTT and SVOD providers that encourage cord-cutting.

Blue Season 3 Trailer

Julia Stiles is back for a third season of “Blue,” the story of a single mom/escort struggling to keep her two identities secret (and separate) in the web series, created for the female-focused original online channel WIGS.

Zap2it can exclusively reveal that the third season of the web series will be available in four longer-form episodes of 40-60 minutes each beginning Friday, March 28 on Hulu, Hulu Plus, WatchWIGS.com, Fox.com and the FOX Now app. Also debuting on March 28 will be a longer-form episode of the WIGS series “Paloma,” written and directed by Stiles and starring Grace Gummer.

The new episodes of “Blue” co-star Eric Stoltz as a new love interest — a client with whom Blue gets a little too close — and Stiles’ real-life sister, Jane O’Hara, as Blue’s sister. Daren Kagasoff (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and Alexz Johnson (“Instant Star”) also join the cast, and Laura Spencer (“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”) will cameo as her WIGS character from the series “Jan” and “Vanessa & Jan,” Vanessa.

Check out Zap2it’s exclusive first look at Stiles and Stoltz getting close in the new trailer below, and tune in March 28 for the full third season.