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Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed Global original Departure premieres Wednesday, July 13

From a media release:

All aboard! Global is set to launch Season 2 of event thriller Departure on Wednesday, July 13 at 9 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on Global and Monday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Showcase. Departure stars Emmy Award® winner Archie Panjabi and the late Academy Award® winner Christopher Plummer, in his last onscreen role. The intense conspiracy series follows the ensuing investigation into a mysterious crash of a controversial new high-speed train travelling between Toronto and Chicago. Back for an action-packed all-new six-episode season, Departure was a Top 20 hit with total viewers and the #1 Canadian series across all key demos when it premiered in 2020.

Alongside Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Plummer (Knives Out), Season 2 features an all-star ensemble cast including Kris Holden-Ried (The Umbrella Academy), Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle), Karen LeBlanc (The Kings of Napa), Donal Logue (Gotham), Mark Rendall (Versailles), Etienne Kellici (Murdoch Mysteries), Kelly McCormack (A League of Their Own), Wendy Crewson (Frankie Drake Mysteries), Charlie Carrick (Reign), Dion Johnstone (Sweet Magnolias), David Hewlett (The Shape of Water), Greg Bryk (Mary Kills People) and Florence Ordesh (Dublin Murders). The gripping drama is directed by Canadian Screen Award winner T.J. Scott (Orphan Black, Star Trek: Discovery) and created by Vincent Shiao (Ransom).

Departure Season 2 is a six-part event series that follows the investigation into the derailment of high-speed train The Apollo. Brilliant investigator, Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi), heads to the U.S. to find the cause of the devastation in rural Michigan. With the eyes of the entire world on her, Kendra and her team unravel a series of interconnected threads, which lead to a number of mysterious motives. Was it the tech mogul inventor of the train’s automation software? Was it a mysterious member of a Mexican drug cartel? Was it a disgruntled employee resisting new technology? Working in conjunction with the FBI, Kendra must race to uncover the truth behind the crash and help to heal the damage caused by the terrible tragedy.

Departure Season 2 is a Canada/Ireland Co-Production from Shaftesbury (Canada) and Deadpan Pictures (Ireland), in Association with Corus Entertainment, Starlings Television and Red Arrow Studios International. Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Malcolm MacRury, Jackie May, T.J. Scott, Paul Donovan, Ailish McElmeel, and Archie Panjabi are Executive Producers. Vincent Shiao and Chris Moreton are Co-Executive Producers. Patrick Cassavetti is Producer.

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Global announces greenlights for new seasons of original scripted series Family Law and Departure

From a media release:

Following Corus Entertainment’s specialty network greenlights and renewals, today, Global announced new season greenlights for its original scripted series Family Law (Season 2) and Departure (Season 3). With production on Season 2 now underway in Vancouver, the renewal of new legal drama Family Law comes ahead of its premiere, which is set to debut on Global later this year. Similarly, Season 2 of the critically acclaimed ratings juggernaut Departure will also air later this year, with Season 3 set to begin production this fall.

Produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, and created by Canadian award-winning author Susin Nielsen, Family Law is a one-hour legal drama that follows Abigail ‘Abby’ Bianchi (Jewel Staite) navigating her new life with her family including Abby’s father Harry Svensson (Victor Garber), her half- brother Daniel Svensson (Zach Smadu), and half-sister Lucy Svensson (Genelle Williams). The second season sees each character develop as they face new personal challenges, as well as take on an incredible lineup of cases. Season 2 will also feature many exciting guest stars including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience) and Catherine Fitch (Murdoch Mysteries).

Award-winning event series Departure also receives a greenlight for a third season with production set to begin this fall. Season 3 will follow the aftermath of a deadly ferry accident with additional details including filming location and casting for Season 3 to be announced at a later date.

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Link: Christopher Plummer, chagrined star of ‘The Sound of Music,’ dies at 91

From Mike Barnes of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: Christopher Plummer, chagrined star of ‘The Sound of Music,’ dies at 91
Christopher Plummer, the sophisticated star who in 2012 became the oldest actor to ever win a competitive Oscar — a just reward for his seven standout decades as leading man on the stage and screen — died Friday. He was 91. Continue reading.

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Links: Departure, Season 1

From Daniel D’Addario of Variety:

Link: Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer Make for a Thrilling ‘Departure’: TV Review
“Departure,” a drama that will hook those who seek from their viewing a charge of adrenaline, if not always the most rigorously challenging of mysteries. Continue reading.

From Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: Departure: TV Review
Created by Vince Shiao, Departure begins with a flight from New York to London going horribly wrong. Continue reading.

From Gerrad Hall of Entertainment Weekly:

Link: Peacock’s Departure: Archie Panjabi on airplane crash mystery
“I loved the parallels between her being an air crash investigator and yet she had been through this huge traumatic event in her own life.” Continue reading.

From Radhika Marya of Fortune:

Link: Christopher Plummer on his new series ‘Departure’ and acting in different formats
Christopher Plummer hopes audiences will enjoy watching a “good yarn” when his new series Departure debuts on Peacock Thursday. Continue reading.

From Cynthia Vinney of CBR:

Link: Peacock’s Departure Is a Twisty, Turny, if Conventional, Mystery
Departure focuses on the investigation around what happened to the missing flight, and from the start, is firmly grounded in reality. Continue reading.

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: Vincent Shiao never expected his plane crash series ‘Departure’ to get made — let alone star Christopher Plummer and Archie Panjabi
“I always wondered why isn’t there a (drama) about these types of investigators who try to solve the mysteries of plane crashes around the world.” Continue reading.

From Melissa Hank of Postmedia:

Link: Christopher Plummer takes flight in new TV drama Departure
“I didn’t mind going back to television. All my friends are going back to television, and it seems to be the fashionable thing to do at the moment.” Continue reading. Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer return to Departure Season 2

From a media release:

Shaftesbury announced today that season two of Departure has begun production in Toronto. Produced by Shaftesbury and Deadpan Pictures, the gripping drama is directed by Canadian Screen award winner T.J. Scott (Orphan Black, Star Trek: Discovery), and created by Vincent Shiao.

Season two of Departure focuses on the tragic crash of a high-speed automated train – the Apollo – travelling from Toronto to Chicago. Kendra Malley (Emmy® winner Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife) leads the investigation into an accident that leaves multiple deaths in its wake and a web of potential suspects: the tech visionary who invented the train’s control system; the anti-technology politician, and the FBI prisoner who disappears after the crash. When the feds swoop in to initiate a manhunt, Kendra’s investigation evolves from finding the causes of the crash to working with federal agents to capture the fugitive – who may be the root cause of the entire disaster. Along with Archie Panjabi, season two features an all-star ensemble cast including Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer (Knives Out), Kris Holden-Reid (Umbrella Academy), Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle), Mark Rendall (Departure), Kelly McCormack (Killjoys), Karen Le Blanc (Ransom), Wendy Crewson (Frankie Drake), Charlie Carrick (Reign), Donal Logue (Gotham), Dion Johnstone (Sweet Magnolias) and Greg Bryk (Mary Kills People).

Season one will air in Canada on Global beginning October 8 and on Peacock/Universal starting September 17. Departure is distributed by Red Arrow Studios International, with Starlings Television handling the sale to Peacock/Universal. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) acquired season one and two for Europe and Africa and season one has already aired in those territories.

Departure is Executive Produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Malcolm MacRury, Jackie May, T.J. Scott, Paul Donovan, Ailish McElmeel, David A. Stern, Matt Geller and Archie Panjabi. Patrick Cassavetti, Teresa M. Ho and Julie Lacey are Producers.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail