From a media release:
Prairie Dog Film + Television announces that the powerful and gritty primetime dramaÂ BlackstoneÂ will bow on CBC Television startingÂ June 15. Launching as part of CBCâ€™s National Aboriginal History Month programming, the series explores the real-life issues facing Canadaâ€™s Aboriginal community as explored through the characters of the fictional Blackstone First Nation reserve.Â BlackstoneÂ seasons one and two air on CBCÂ startingÂ June 15 at 11:30 p.m./midnightÂ NT. The series will runÂ MondayÂ throughÂ FridayÂ in the same timeslot untilÂ July 7. The series is also available for download â€“ for the first time ever â€“ on iTunes startingÂ June 16.
Compelling and uncompromising,Â BlackstoneÂ is an authentic drama that explores the raw and real dynamics of family, power and politics.Â BlackstoneÂ is both a portrayal of a community plagued by corruption, violence and injustice, and an inspiring story of the undying hope and resilience of a people fighting for a better life in the midst of adversity.
Currently, viewers can download seven behind-the-scenes videos through CBCâ€™s portal on iTunes. Following that, nine behind-the-scenes videos from season two will be available fromÂ June 16. Each episode of â€œBlackstoneâ€ will be available for purchase on iTunes following its CBC broadcast.
BlackstoneÂ season one features Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Roseanne Supernault, Steven Cree Molison, Andrea Menard, Justin Rain and Gordon Tootoosis. Season two sees the addition of Tantoo Cardinal, Georgina Lighting, Garry Chalk, Frank Cassini and Cameron Bancroft.
BlackstoneÂ has been nominated for 89 awards, winning 29, including two Geminis, six Leo Awards and multiple Alberta Film & Television Awards.
BlackstoneÂ is produced by Prairie Dog Film + Television, with Ron E. Scott as showrunner & director, Jesse Szymanski as co-executive producer, and Damon Vignale as writer/producer.Â The series broadcasts in Canada on APTN and is currently in production of season 5. As well, it is in the United States on Hulu, in New Zealand on Maori Television, in Australia on SBS/NITV, and is internationally distributed by PPI Releasing.