PLAYED follows the Covert Investigations Unit (C.I.U.), a new elite, undercover police unit created to infiltrate criminal worlds. These cops perform high-wire acts, nerve-wracking confidence games, or “plays.” In covert sting operations, they buy drugs, pose as lawyers, flirt with killers, befriend gangbangers, and arrange gun shipments – all to collect evidence, coax confessions, and make arrests.
The C.I.U. cops are full of charm and humour. They think quickly and talk smoothly, relying on their instincts and charisma to inspire trust. But undercover “plays” are unpredictable and they can turn on a dime so the cops must be ready for anything, at any moment. If they aren’t convincing – if they aren’t real – it only takes one missed cue and their lives could be over in an instant.
The cops work fast to plunge into the deep end of high-stakes scenarios with short, intense timeframes. And after posing as high-rolling millionaires, cocaine dealers, stockbrokers, and hit men, they return home and try to prevent the job from corroding their own lives.
The bonds between these cops are close and the conflicts are intense. Agents in the field are dependent on their colleagues to ensure their safety and security, to have their backs, to have eyes and ears on them constantly, to always be aware of the heightened danger, and be prepared for action. The work and the relationships are unique – only another undercover cop can understand the life. The longer they do it, the harder it is to stay connected to anyone else.
The team is everything.
PLAYED premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV