Nine’s Flashpoint kicks off with a “sneak peek” on Sunday January 18.
The Canadian-produced police drama has attracted good reviews and was broadcast simultaneously by CBS in July 2008 -a rare honour.
The SWAT-like action drama also began on TVNZ in December.
But Australian viewers will be getting the episodes out of sequence.
Nine plans to launch the series with episode 5, “Who’s George”, screened in full on January 18, followed by ep #4 “Asking for Flowers” on Monday January 19.
The actual pilot episode titled “Scorpio” was based on an actual event that occurred in Toronto in 2004 in which a gun-wielding hostage taker was shot and killed by an Emergency Task Force sniper.