From a media release:
A SHAKESPEAREAN RIVALRY UNFOLDS IN BOOMING ALBERTA AS WILD ROSES PREMIERES JAN. 6, ON CBC TELEVISION
- “What’s in a name? That which we call [oil] by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare
Enter the dramatic world of WILD ROSES, where the land is vast, the living is good and the search for black gold means everything. Debuting Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. on CBC Television, this one-hour, provocative 13-part series sees the battle for a coveted piece of land in Alberta unfold between the wealthy McGregors and the debt-ridden Henrys.
“WILD ROSES is a powerful look at the clash between two very different families in Canada’s current economic hotspot,” said Kirstine Layfield, CBC Television’s executive director of network programming. “Viewers will be captivated by the ambitious lifestyle of an emerging nouveau riche and the simple, traditional cowboy living in Canada’s new west.”
Growing up on the idyllic Rivercross ranch, sisters Lucy (Sarah Power, Random Passage, American Pie: Beta House) and Kate Henry (Michelle Harrison, Paycheck, Traveling) may not have agreed on everything, but neither could imagine a more beautiful place to live. When David McGregor (Gary Hudson, Dynasty, Smallville), cutthroat CEO of oil exploration company McGregor Strategic, decides Rivercross is his for the taking, Lucy and Kate will have to overcome a fierce family feud and an entire corporate empire just to keep their home.
WILD ROSES also stars Kim Huffman as widow Maggie Henry (Traders, The Newsroom) and Gemini-nominee Clare Stone (Would Be Kings, Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion) as adopted Aboriginal daughter Charlotte Henry. Steve Byers (Falcon Beach, Shotgun Love Dolls) stars as responsible lawyer and voice of reason Will McGregor; Adam MacDonald (Mayerthorpe, Nuremburg) is his rowdy brother Peter McGregor, a rancher and bull rider; and Amy Lalonde (Sophie, Dawn of the Dead) is Rebecca McGregor, their cunning and stunning sister.
WILD ROSES is created by Amy Cameron, Tassie Cameron and Miranda de Pencier. Executive producers are Miranda de Pencier of Northwood Productions, Tom Cox and Jordy Randall of SEVEN24 Films and Peter Hume. Amy Cameron is also co-executive producer and writer, and writers are Peter Hume, Matt MacLennan, James Thorpe and Graham Clegg.