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Season 2 of Bellevue being developed, but show seeks a new home

It turns out Bellevue‘s fate is as mysterious as the show itself. After reporting last Friday that a second season was being developed for CBC came a troubling update: there is no home for the Anna Paquin-Shawn Doyle led series after all.

Co-creator, Episode 1 director and executive producer Adrienne Mitchell contacted TV, Eh? on Tuesday night with the following information:

“To clarify, though Season 2 of Bellevue has been in development with CBC, unfortunately, production of a follow-up season is currently not moving forward,” Mitchell wrote. “We are incredibly proud of our talented cast and crew who worked so tirelessly to bring this beautiful series to life. We also feel there are more stories to tell and we’ll be looking for other opportunities to bring this to fruition. In a town like Bellevue, the future is never as it seems!”

Fellow Bellevue co-creator Jane Maggs is going to be part of next month’s Writers Talking TV event—find details on how to attend that here—and we’re sure the topic of a new home for the program will come up. Produced by Mitchell and Janis Lundman’s Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. and Muse Entertainment Enterprises, Bellevue was co-created by Mitchell and Maggs with the latter serving as senior writer, executive producer and co-showrunner with Mitchell.

Season 1 of Bellevue starred Anna Paquin as Annie Rider, a brilliant but troubled cop in the town of Bellevue whose past returned to haunt her following the death of a transgender teen. During the course of her investigation, old wounds were opened and secrets revealed, putting her at odds with her ex-husband, Eddie (Allen Leech), her superior, Police Chief Peter Welland (Shawn Doyle) and putting the relationship with her daughter, Daisy (Madison Ferguson) in jeopardy. Season 1 also starred Billy MacLellan, Sharon Taylor, Janine Theriault, Amber Goldfarb and Sadie O’Neil.

Listen to Maggs discuss her career and the creation of Bellevue during our recent podcast and read Carolyn Potts’ reviews; here’s the link to her season finale review.

Where do you think Bellevue should go if it doesn’t return to CBC? Comment below.

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Comments and queries for the week of May 26

I’m really sad about Bellevue being cancelled. A really good, quality show that deserved another season. It had great social media buzz during its run, but I guess it didn’t get enough TV eyeballs. —Kevin

How much were they spending on Pure? Ratings seemed decent for a midseason series. Sad, but not surprised about The Romeo Section. Anne renewal contingent on Netflix? —Jonathan

Yes, Netflix’s decision regarding a second season of Anne will have a direct impact on whether CBC renews it. You can read about that here.


I love Heartland and don’t want it to end. I was a bit disappointed in Season 10 when Ty came back; it was kind of rushed … Ty comes back, he’s sick and goes straight to the hospital with no time spent with Amy, and then Amy rushed off to the hospital to have the baby. I think the baby should have been left for a later season when Ty was back and they were more settled. Then Season 11 [could] have much more storyline coming up with them getting their own ranch or building on Heartland, then Ty getting his veterinary skills out there exploring more of the ranch than thinking about having a baby. Also, when Mallory left the show it was so poorly done she just on the spur of the moment leaves with no goodbyes or farewell just off to the airport without anyone even knowing she’s going? Tim also adds no value to the show … he is a spare part butting into everyone’s business. —Carol

[Heartland] is a breath of fresh air to watch. Nice clean programming with great storylines. I love it and all the characters! I hope Mitch is back for next season. —Valerie

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TV Eh B Cs podcast 64 — Stage, silver screen and TV screen with Jane Maggs

Jane Maggs is a writer from Newfoundland living in Toronto. As a playwright, Jane has been produced in Toronto, Newfoundland and her work has been invited to be part of such workshops as the Banff Playwrights Colony and the Tarragon Theatre Playwrights Unit. Maggs is a 2011 screenwriting graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Feature Film program, and has been writing for film and TV ever since. She just completed the first season of the CBC drama Bellevue which she was co-creator, co-showrunner and writer of six episodes.

Jane is currently development on a couple of projects with her sister Adriana Maggs with Shaftesbury Films adapting the popular Aimée Leduc novel series for TV, and working on a half-hour comedy for CBC. Maggs’ feature Goalie that she also co-wrote with her sister is set for a fall 2017 production. Jane is also working on a couple of new project ideas with Adrienne Mitchell, with whom she created Bellevue.

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Link: Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell talk Bellevue S1 and the season finale

From Heather M of The Televixen:

Link: Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell talk Bellevue S1 and the season finale
“Originally, and it might have been my own bleakness, I felt like Annie needed to let him go and run away, even though he’s done these terrible things. Despite that, she understands him. In another version, he needed to go away and get some help, but the cleaner version is that he has to die.” Continue reading.

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Link: Bellevue: Adrienne Mitchell and Jane Maggs talk “You Don’t Understand Me at All”

From Victoria Nelli of The TV Junkies:

Link: Bellevue: Adrienne Mitchell and Jane Maggs talk “You Don’t Understand Me at All”
“I think she has a lot to deal with. I don’t think we ever intended to present it like she killed somebody and now her demons are behind her. That’s not what happens when you shoot someone, regardless whether or not you are family. I think she has a lot to deal with. I think she’s going to try.” Continue reading. 

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