CBC’s Burden of Truth comes to an end after four seasons

In what is becoming a sad several weeks for Canadian TV, it has been announced that Season 4 of CBC’s legal drama Burden of Truth will be its last.

“After four incredible seasons, we’re bringing our Burden of Truth story to its conclusion in tonight’s series finale,” a statement read on the show’s official Facebook page. “We are so proud of the stories we’ve been able to tell each season, especially those related to social justice. We’re also tremendously appreciative of the support we’ve received from our fans worldwide, and are particularly grateful to the communities in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba, for being so welcoming to our crew.”

“We’re incredibly proud of Burden of Truth and are honoured that the show resonated with so many viewers worldwide,” executive producers Ilana Frank, ICF Films, Linda Pope, and Kyle Irving, Eagle Vision said in a statement. “When we began this season, we knew our story was coming to its natural end with a meaningful conclusion for Joanna, Billy, and the entire cast of characters. We’re thankful to the communities in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba, where we filmed our show, and our tremendous cast, helmed by Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney, for bringing ground-breaking stories to life. We also appreciate the steadfast support of our production partners at eOne, as well as our broadcasters CBC and The CW, on four tremendous seasons of Burden of Truth.”

Created by Brad Simpson, Burden of Truth stars Kristin Kreuk as Joanna Chang, Peter Mooney (Rookie BlueSaving Hope) as Billy Crawford, Star Slade (Frontier, Emerald Code) as law student Luna Spence, Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk GirlsHemlock Grove) as Police Chief Owen Beckbie, and Anwen O’Driscoll (Emerald CodeFlint) as new Millwood police recruit, Officer Taylor Matheson.

The legal drama follows Joanna Chang, a ruthless, big-city lawyer who returns to her small hometown in Millwood for a case that will change her life forever.

In the fourth season, a mining company reopened a dormant mine outside Millwood. Joanna and Billy, lawyers and new parents, stepped in to protect a local woman’s home from certain destruction. When the mine swiftly retaliates, Joanna is forced to confront a long-buried secret from her past and scramble to protect the future of her career and her family. As both sides prepare for war with the fate of Millwood at stake, Joanna and Billy must juggle their life with a newborn with waging a legal battle against a corporate titan. When they come across evidence the mine isn’t what it claims to be, Joanna seizes an opportunity to launch an unexpected legal battle that will bring the company to its knees.

Burden of Truth follows Frankie Drake Mysteries and Kim’s Convenience as CBC series ending this broadcast season.

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4 thoughts on “CBC’s Burden of Truth comes to an end after four seasons”

  1. 3 shows I liked now got canned. Kim’s Convenience, Burden of Truth and Trickster. I think I will lament the demise of Trickster the most.

  2. Tricker and Kim’s Convenience weren’t to everyone’s taste, but they at least had a unique perspective. Burden of Truth was just an embarrassment, almost impossible to get through. I try to support cdn tv, but this so cringey I couldn’t get past the first 2 episodes. Would love to see a good legal drama back in this country… so many stories, so much inequality and injustice… yet it’s always slick, wannabee American looking shows that show a faceless side of the country.

    1. First time commenter here. Hi Greg! I work in the industry here (on the post-prod side of things) and it’s shrinking in regards to Canadian content (American shows keep most of the crews employed here). Don’t like seeing shows get the axe, but something about this one just always kind of felt wrong. A friend of mine worked on this show, and he there was lots of inside baseball behind the scenes – apparently the star’s boyfriend was made a producer? Same with one of the producer’s sons?? Maybe shows like this need to examine who they hire and get some fresh new talent. #JustAThought

  3. ( cries )

    What is going on at CBC?
    The loss of Tricker, Kim’s Convenience, Frankie Drake, & now Burden of Truth is so disappointing.
    I had not seen the social media announcement before watching this week’s episode. I didn’t know it was the last of the season.
    As I watched the episode this week I was surprised when the current legal issues/cases wrapped up ….. then began wrapping up the story lines of the characters and it felt that this was the series finale. :-( 😭
    This lifelong Albertan was happy to see a (near) Winnipeg based tv drama. I enjoyed the stories and portrayals of Indigenous people and the social justice issues.
    Cast & crew can be proud of being part of this production.
    Cheers.

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