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Links: Burden of Truth, Season 1

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: Kristin Kreuk hopes Smallville, Beauty & the Beast fans follow her to non-supernatural show
“I love this character Joanna, who is incredibly focused on herself and hasn’t developed personal skills for a bunch of family reasons, which come out over the course of the series. I think it’s a wonderful thing to explore. She has to face the way she’s been single-minded in her focus . . . because the law can be, I think it can be difficult especially when you’re defending massive corporations who do sometimes questionable things.” Continue reading.

From Erin Lebar of the Winnipeg Free Press:

Link: Selkirk celebrates Burden of Truth boost
The city of Selkirk has a new flag flying above its waterfront, but the name on it won’t be familiar to most — yet.

The flag has been raised to honour the town of Millwood, the fictional locale in the new CBC series Burden of Truth, a legal drama filmed in Selkirk sporadically over the summer and fall of 2017. Continue reading.

From Victoria Nelli of The TV Junkies:

Link: Burden of Truth: Kristin Kreuk talks her strong and passionate character
“The show will run two main stories parallel: the case, which is what is going on with these girls, and what happened with Joanna’s past and what made her family leave so quickly when she was 14 years old. That mystery will unfold throughout the season and it will really affect Joanna on a deep personal level. It will force her to question everything she’s based her personality and her life on.” Continue reading. 

From Melissa Girimonte of The Televixen:

Link: Kristin Kreuk, Peter Mooney and Star Slade preview Burden of Truth
“Joanna’s a shut down person, but she feels very deeply. She’s very affected by everything she experiences. Whatever her past is revealed to be, there have been effects on her personally based on that. And she feels oddly connected to these people [in Millwood], especially the girls who are being affected by whatever is affecting them.” Continue reading.

From Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:

Link: Kristin Kreuk on ‘weird experience’ of making new CBC series ‘Burden of Truth’
Viewers have watched former “Smallville” and “Beauty and the Beast” star Kristin Kreuk grow up on television.

The 35-year-old Vancouver-native has spent half her life in the spotlight. She was still a teenager when “Smallville” launched in 2001, making her an instant Comic-Con crush as Clark Kent’s girlfriend Lana Lang. After a dozen years as a CW ingenue, she finally felt like the grown-up on the set while making CBC’s “Burden of Truth,” which premieres Wednesday. Continue reading.

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Small town TV returns with Burden of Truth
“It’s not as quirky as Northern Exposure,” says Kreuk. I loved Northern Exposure, although I feel like there might be a place for that kind of show again. This is more of a small town that is grounded with people who are struggling.” Continue reading.

From Jordan Mounteer of Vancouver Weekly:

Link: Burden Of Truth is a fresh take on Canadian legal dramas
For my part, it’s extremely gratifying to see Kreuk step out of the pigeonhole of sci-fi/supernatural shows which have tended to dominate her career (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast, and for you diehard cultists Space Milkshake), and to flourish in a more ‘serious’ role. Her portrayal of Joanna teeter-totters back and forth, balancing between Machiavellian ambition and reluctant compassion, but rather than feeling hackneyed, the effect feels reactive and humanizing. Continue reading.

 

 

 

 

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Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney battle big pharma in CBC’s Burden of Truth

Kristin Kreuk has swapped Superman and a Beast of a man to battle big pharmaceutical. The Vancouver native headlines and executive-produces Burden of Truth, CBC’s new legal drama, debuting Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Created by Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue), Burden of Truth is a 10-part serialized drama about a big-time lawyer named Joanna Hanley (Kreuk) who returns to her small town as the representative of a pharmaceutical company whose drugs are thought to be making young women sick. Once in Millwood, however, Joanna finds herself—after crushing the case made by the girls and led by her former high school classmate Billy Crawford (Peter Mooney)—questioning whether she’s on the right side of the lawsuit and discovering some bad feelings were left behind when she exited Millwood at 14 years old. Burden of Truth‘s first episode has the feeling of a John Grisham novel—slick lawyer slam-dunks on the locals—and that’s a good thing for viewers.

“He was definitely on the inspiration list,” Kreuk says during CBC’s press day for its winter lineup. “It was, tonally, what we were looking for.”

Often, first episodes can feel cluttered. Introducing a raft of characters, as well as major and minor storylines, in 22 or 44 minutes can be a confused mess. That doesn’t happen in Wednesday’s debut, a credit to executive producer Ilana Frank (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), who admits Truth‘s storytelling style—one case contained in one season—was a challenge.

“I’ve never done a serialized show before,” Frank says. “All of my shows have been episodic. So the idea that you have time was new to me. There were certain things that we knew we had to hit in the first episode and that was it. We made a short list. We knew we needed a reason for her to go to Millwood, we had to have a reason for her to stay in Millwood. There were certain things that were a must and if they didn’t work there it was going to work somewhere else.”

One of the musts was to pit Joanna against Billy. After eviscerating him in court she reflects on what she’s done and has second thoughts on who she’s fighting for. A lot of that reflection is because of her past with Billy, who is beloved by Millwood’s citizens.

“It’s such an interesting dynamic to take two people who knew each other more than half their lives and through circumstance have them come smashing back together,” Mooney says. “Their freshest memory of each other is them as teenagers. They’re trying to reconcile who they are now, how they’ve changed, who they were then and what their relationship was then.” They start out on opposite sides of the legal case, Mooney explains, and the relationship develops through Season 1 with Joanna and Billy realizing what makes them different as lawyers is a benefit in the courtroom.

Every small town, on TV at least, has a secret and Millwood is no different. Kreuk teases the reason Joanna and her father—played by Alex Carter—left the area when she was a teen will be revealed; that has a huge impact on Joanna and who she is. It also runs parallel to the court case.

“There may be a moment when her and her father are at odds,” she says with a laugh. “She followed her father, she became her father, she did everything centred around him. Everything she learns in town is really new and shocking and jarring for her.”

Burden of Truth airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

 

 

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Photo galleries: CBC’s new midseason series Burden of Truth, Caught, Crawford and more

Did you hear the news? CBC announced its midseason schedule, jam-packed with returning favourites like Schitt’s Creek, Hello Goodbye and Workin’ Moms along with new programs like Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney; Caught starring Allan Hawco, Greg Bryk, Tori Anderson and Eric Johnson; Little Dog starring Joel Thomas Hynes, Ger Ryan and Katharine Isabelle; documentary true crime series The Detectives; and Crawford starring Jill Hennessy, Kyle Mac and John Carroll Lynch.

Here’s the CBC’s official press release announcing the series and airdates. And, to get you jazzed for the new series, here are some exclusive images released by the network in support of Burden of Truth, Caught, Crawford and The Detectives. Enjoy!

Burden of Truth

 

Caught

 

Crawford

 

The Detectives

 

Which new midseason series are you most excited about? Comment below!

 

 

 

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Saving Hope sets up its series finale

This is it, Saving Hope fans. The penultimate episode of CTV’s long-running medical drama is coming to a close. Last week, Cassie exited Hope Zion for a dream gig working with her hero in New York City and Alex proposed to Charlie, setting up what we’re pretty sure will be their wedding in the series finale … unless it happens this week.

But before nuptials can happen—if they really happen—everyone has to get through this Thursday’s episode unscathed. Here’s what CTV has revealed in its episode synopsis for “First and Last,” written by Patrick Tarr and directed by Jordan Canning:

Dr. Alex Reid and Dr. Charlie Harris have to put their own wedding plans aside while visiting a chapel after a bride falls down the stairs and they have to work to save her life. When a down-on-his-luck patient comes in with liver failure due to a lifetime of hard drinking despite trying to turn his life around, Dr. Zach Miller takes a special interest in the case and tries to get him a transplant, with Dr. Jackson Wade (Joseph Pierre) offering to help. Dr. Shahir Hamza and Dr. Dana Kinney are confronted with a coma patient who wakes up with no memory of the last 20 years of his life.

Here are more tidbits we can divulge after watching a screener.

Matt Gordon guest stars
It’s so great to see Matt Gordon back on our television screens! The veteran actor, who has starred on Rookie Blue and most recently on Mary Kills People, checks into Hope Zion as Liam, who wakes up from a coma having lost 20 years of memories. Only Gordon can bring the humour and sensitivity needed to play a role like this, and we’re thrilled he was cast.

Jeremy sticks around
Turns out Peter Mooney’s appearance wasn’t a one-time thing; with Alex going on maternity leave and Cassie gone, it looks like there might be a spot open for Dr. Bishop.

Dr. Scott is traumatized
Who wouldn’t be, after what happened in the break room last week, when that wrestler wouldn’t take no for an answer?

Jobless Daddy has its perks
Alex and Luke are getting gourmet breakfasts in bed now that Charlie has the time to make them. What can be better than that? Also, Alex and Charlie’s one-upmanship at planning what will be served at their wedding reception had me laughing … and then drooling. Meanwhile, the future of a soon-to-be bride has Alex and Charlie reflecting on the history of their own relationship and fate.

Shahir and Jonathan are struggling
Losing out on the adoption last week has left the pair reeling and Shahir wondering if it’s time to walk away from the relationship.

Jackson gets a major storyline
Usually there for comic relief—which we totally love, by the way—Jackson is part of a big, emotional storyline. Be forewarned: have tissues at the ready.

Cringeworthy term of the week
Penile swab.

Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

Images courtesy of Bell Media.

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Production begins on CBC’s Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk; additional cast announced

From a media release:

ICF Films, Eagle Vision and global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that production is underway in Winnipeg on new CBC original series BURDEN OF TRUTH (10 x 60, updated final title), a legal drama starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast) as a big city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls. The series started principal photography on July 2 and will shoot in and around Winnipeg until October for a winter 2018 premiere on CBC.

Additional cast members joining Kreuk include Peter Mooney (Rookie Blue, Camelot, Heroes Reborn), Alex Carter (NCIS, Ransom, Saving Hope), Ben Ayres (Saving Hope, Bitten, Dan for Mayor), Nicola Correia-Damude (Margarita, Hellmington, Where the Dolls Are), Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk Girls, Hemlock Grove, Helix, The Beaverton) and emerging Indigenous actor Star Slade.

Peter Mooney

The director roster for BURDEN OF TRUTH is led by veteran director Jeff Woolnough (The Expanse, Vikings, Saving Hope, Bones) with additional directors including Jordan Canning (Saving Hope, The Detail), James Genn (Saving Hope, Private Eyes, Ransom), Doug Mitchell (The Pinkertons, Less Than Kind) and Renuka Jeyapalan (Murdoch Mysteries).

A CBC original series, BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision. The series is created by Bradley Simpson (Rookie Blue, King) and executive produced by Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), Linda Pope (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), Jocelyn Hamilton (Mary Kills People, Cardinal) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast). BURDEN OF TRUTH is co-executive produced by Kyle Irving, Lisa Meeches (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Sonia Hosko (Saving Hope), with Adam Pettle (Saving Hope) serving as showrunner. Associate producers are Tyson Caron and Hannah Johnson, with consulting producer Lynn Coady. Additional writers on the series are Bradley Simpson, Lynn Coady, Shannon Masters, Graeme Stewart, Eric Putzer, and Laura Good.

Ben Ayres

BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and Manitoba Film and Music, and with the assistance of the Government of Manitoba – Manitoba Film & Video Production Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.

ABOUT ICF FILMS
Ilana C Frank Films Inc. (ICF Films) is a production company founded by award-winning executive producer, Ilana Frank. The company is focused on creating entertaining and powerful long-form drama for millions of people worldwide. ICF Films has had a winning run of successful dramas commencing in 2009 with Rookie Blue running for six seasons on ABC and Global. Completing its first run this summer is the fifth and final season of ICF Films’ hugely popular medical drama Saving Hope, the most-watched Canadian drama of the 2013-2014 broadcast year. ICF Films also has a very active production roster in 2017 with the detective series The Detail for CTV in Canada and Ion in the U.S. starring Wendy Crewson, Shenae Grimes-Beech and Angela Griffin.

ABOUT EAGLE VISION
Eagle Vision Inc. is one of Canada’s leading production companies. Founded in 2000, Indigenous-owned Eagle Vision produces exceptional, award-winning television and film content for the Canadian and International marketplace. Partners Lisa Meeches (Ojibway from Long Plain First Nation) and Kyle Irving have produced 160+ hours of content. They and their films have been the recipients of five Oscar Nominations (one win), a Golden Globe win, five BAFTA nominations (one win), nine Gemini/CSA nominations (five wins) and a Banff Rockie Award, amongst several other prestigious awards.

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