Following last week’s Season 1 finale of original east coast Canadian family dramedy series Moonshine (8×60), CBC is revealing casting and production details for Season 2. Created by Sheri Elwood (Lucifer, Call Me Fitz) and produced by Six Eleven Media and Entertainment One (eOne), the series follows the Finley-Cullens, a dysfunctional clan of adult half-siblings battling for control of their family business – a ramshackle summer campground called The Moonshine. Production on the eight-episode second season recently wrapped in Nova Scotia and is set to premiere on CBC in fall 2022, with the entire first season now available to stream on CBC Gem.
The new season will see renowned Canadian star, Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle, Caught, Frontier, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Another Life) join the cast as biker Gale Favreau, following his steamy meeting with Lidia (Jennifer Finnigan) in the Season 1 finale. Picking up where the first season ends, Season 2 will include epic dance routines, dirty bingo, snow crab-jacking and a high stakes turf war with a band of outlaw bikers. Fate will manifest very differently for the entire family, with characters fighting their destiny tooth and nail as Lidia goes to extremes to save the business from financial ruin.
Moonshine stars Jennifer Finnigan (Salvation), Anastasia Phillips (Reign), Emma Hunter (Mr. D), Tom Stevens (Wayward Pines), Alexander Nunez (Avocado Toast), Corrine Koslo (Anne with an E), Peter MacNeill (This Life), Erin Darke (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Farid Yazdani (Suits), Allegra Fulton (The Shape of Water), James Gilbert (Salvation), Celia Owen (A Small Fortune), and Calem MacDonald (Umbrella Academy).
Guest stars rounding out the cast in Season 2 include Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s), Shelley Thompson (Trailer Park Boys), Jonathan Torrens (Mr. D), Leigh Ann Rose (The Young and the Restless), Ernie Grunwald (Call Me Fitz), Joe Cobden (The Sinner), and Kirstin Howell (Diggstown).
A CBC original series, Moonshine is produced by Six Eleven Media and eOne. Created by Sheri Elwood, who is also showrunner, the show is executive produced alongside Six Eleven Media’s Charles Bishop. Jocelyn Hamilton serves as executive producer for eOne. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production; and Gosia Kamela is Executive in Charge of Production, Drama. The series is produced with the assistance of the Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund. Additionally, funding comes from the Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit. Moonshine is distributed internationally by eOne.
CBCâ€™s original family drama HEARTLAND began filming Season 15 in Alberta yesterday. Produced by Dynamo Films and SEVEN24 Films, Season 15 will premiere on Sunday, October 17 at 7PM (7:30PM NL) on CBC and CBC Gem. HEARTLAND is the longest-running one-hour drama in Canadian television history, and the first episode of Season 15 will celebrate the 225th episode of the series.
Following the dramatic and emotional fourteenth season, the Bartlett-Fleming family learned a hard lesson: life is short and you have to live each day to the fullest. In Season 15 of HEARTLAND, they will put what they learned into practice. Last season, Amy said goodbye to the past. This season, she embraces the future – raising her daughter, working with the horses who continue to heal her, branching out into a new phase of her life and profession. She is moving forward and feels determined to leave a legacy. In fact, Jack, Lisa, Lou and Tim have all decided that now is not the time to pull back, but to ramp up, to create new dreams and fulfill old ones. And, as they always do, the family will pull together to help each otherâ€¦and will ultimately end up stronger than ever.
HEARTLAND is a multi-generational family drama that is much loved by fans of all ages, not only in Canada, but all around the world. CBCâ€™s HEARTLAND shares homegrown Canadian content portraying everyday family life on an Alberta ranch. HEARTLAND can be viewed on Netflix globally, as well as UPtv Faith & Family and Hulu in the United States. HEARTLAND has made its way into the hearts of families in more than 119 countries.
Filming locations for Season 15 include Calgary, High River, Millarville, and Longview in Alberta, Canada.
HEARTLAND is based on the bestselling series of books by Lauren Brooke. The executive producers are Michael Weinberg, Tom Cox, Jordy Randall, and Heather Conkie who also serves as the showrunner. The series is produced by Dean Bennett. The series writers are Heather Conkie, Mark Haroun, Ken Craw, and Alexandra Clarke. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports ; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Sarah Adams is Director, Current Production, Drama; and Mehernaz Lentin is Executive in Charge of Production. A CBC original series, HEARTLAND is produced by Dynamo Films and SEVEN24 Films with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Government of Alberta, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
eOne is the international distributor of the series.
Burden of Truth could have ended after last season. The Season 3 finale wrapped up the legal show-turned-family dramaâ€™s storylines in a neat bow, with lead character Joanna Chang, played by Kristin Kreuk, completing her metamorphosis from emotionally damaged corporate lawyer to self-aware justice seeker and mom-to-be.
But just like after the showâ€™s first seasonâ€”which so efficiently resolved its legal-heavy environmental plot that it looked like it had nowhere left to goâ€”it found a way forward by digging deeper into its characters.
â€œThis year, we thought the only way to really do another season is to take it all away from Joanna and see what happens,â€ says Kreuk, who is also an executive producer on the series.
And in the Season 4 premiere, airing Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBC, Joanna is clearly struggling. She and Billy (Peter Mooney) are trying to find their footing as new parents while waging a legal battle against a powerful mine company that wants to reopen an old gold mine outside of Millwood.
â€œ[Joanna] and Billy are really trying to parent without any support,â€ says Kreuk. â€œTheyâ€™re just doing it on their own in a vacuum while both of them are working.â€
The situation is made worse by the mineâ€™s ruthless legal teamâ€”who use the same aggressive tactics that Joanna did when she was a corporate lawyer.
â€œShe sees this mining company come in with predatory behaviour that she was part of in her past,â€ Kreuk explains. â€œSo sheâ€™s trying to defeat her shadow self.â€
We recently caught up with Kreuk and asked her to break down Season 4â€™s biggest storylines and explain what it was like to film during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect production this year? Kristin Kreuk: We got kind of a late pickup for the show this year due in part to, in March, nobody knew what was going on or what would happen or how quickly the pandemic would resolve itself. Then we started shooting later than we normally would for our show. We didnâ€™t start shooting until basically the end of August.
In Winnipeg and Manitoba at that time, they had very few cases, they hardly had a first wave. And so for a while there, it looked like we may be able to skate by a little bit. But even from then, before we even got on a plane, we got tested. We tested the minute we arrived. On set, everybody was wearing masks and shields, everyone was kind of placed in pods. People had to step away from set to eat, and there were hand-washing and hand sanitising stations. We worked shorter work days so people could get more rest, so they didnâ€™t get tired and their immune systems didnâ€™t weaken.
So a lot changed, and it was a very different season of television. And Winnipegâ€™s cases started to go up quite a bit in the fall, and they were the worst in Canada for a while, so towards the end, we got worried. But it always felt safe because of all the precautions. In many ways, I felt safer on set than I did anywhere else.
Were there any story changes because of the pandemic? KK: Yes, totally. One of the main things was ensuring that we didnâ€™t have very many background performers, so we didnâ€™t do courtroom scenes really. We used to have big courtroom set-pieces at the end of every season, and we didnâ€™t do that this year. We had to change it up.
Season 3 ended on a very positive note for Joanna, but as this season begins, sheâ€™s having some problems adjusting to motherhood and also finding it hard to be on the less powerful side of a corporate case. What can you hint about her journey this season? KK: Joanna and Billy, when we left them last season, were probably in the happiest place theyâ€™ve ever been. The pregnancy wasnâ€™t too hard for Joanna, she was able to work, they were doing very well, and she had kind of healed a bunch of her stuff. At the top of this season, the reality is sinking in more for them, and Joannaâ€™s really struggled. Sheâ€™s feeling the pressures of what motherhood should be and feeling all of the narratives that have been put on motherhood, and they weigh on her.
And then thereâ€™s the fact that the job she does is so dangerous in many ways because sheâ€™s taking on the underdogs in cases. Itâ€™s something that the other mothers that sheâ€™s meeting arenâ€™t able to comprehend. So sheâ€™s kind of in this place of doubt.
As you said, Joanna and Billy were in a very happy place at the end of last season, but being a new parent is hard. How are they going to handle that? KK: What I love about Joanna and Billy is that they love each other, thatâ€™s not a question. But this year, youâ€™ll see the differences in what makes them feel secure and safe. For Joanna, it has to do with her ability to do the things sheâ€™s best at, particularly because she feels like sheâ€™s failing at being a mom, which is debatable. If you just look at what sheâ€™s doing, sheâ€™s not, but she really feels like she is. She feels most secure through being able to be great at her job.
Billyâ€™s sense of security also comes through Joanna being great at her job, but he also wants a more traditional life. And I think those two things butt up against each other because thatâ€™s not what Joanna wants or needs, but that is what he wants and needs. So we kind of see that unfold between the two of them, particularly because Joannaâ€™s choosing, similar to last year, a case that isnâ€™t helping them to make money for their firm.
Two recurring themes Iâ€™ve noticed are finding the meaning of home and finding your identity after trauma, and it looks like Season 4 will continue that trend. Was it always the showâ€™s intention to explore those themes? KK: We are aware of what youâ€™re talking about, but I think that when we started the show, we only understood one small aspect of what that meantâ€”at least, I donâ€™t know if this was [series creator] Brad [Simpson]â€™s scheme all along. I think that we were really focused on Joannaâ€™s own trauma, and we werenâ€™t looking at it as completely, but each season weâ€™ve delved deeper and deeper into that.
A manifestation of that through Taylor [Anwen Oâ€™Driscoll] this season is her tryingâ€”and her storyline is so beautiful this yearâ€”to find her place in a town that she thought sheâ€™d never come back to, thatâ€™s a representation of her horrible relationship with her father and her loss of a future she saw for herself, of having to like reacquaint herself with her dreams and her place on that land. This season is very much about kind of repositioning yourself on your land and in your home and how you can do that while incorporating the trauma of your past into that without forgetting it.
I thought Owen Beckbieâ€™s fight against racism in the police department was a very interesting storyline last season, and Meegwun Fairbrother did a great job with it. What will happen with Beckbie this season? KK: [Meegwun] wrote half a script this year, so heâ€™s been a big part of the season. Beckbieâ€™s in an interesting place where heâ€™s finding himself in a position of power, and he thought maybe, as an Indigenous man in a position of power, could change things. But heâ€™s realizing through being on the ground that that isnâ€™t true, that the system is the system. And so this season is sort of about him evaluating his place in that system and how he can create the changes he wants. You see that through the cop aspect of [the story] and also through this kid, played by Skye Pelletier, who he sort of takes on. His relationship with Beckbie is a big part of the season.
Burden of Truth hasnâ€™t been afraid to hold up a mirror to some of the darker aspects of Canadaâ€™s history, particularly its treatment of Indigenous communities. Have you gotten a lot of positive feedback about that? KK: Honestly, I think people are mostly really excited that weâ€™re delving into those stories. Some people have told me that theyâ€™re actually learning from the show, which is kind of sad because our education system should be doing that. But itâ€™s also great that we can do that because I have always believed that one of the powers of scripted television or feature films is that you fall in love with people, with characters and then you can develop empathy for them in a way that you feel more connected to. So feedback wise, people have said that to me, people really appreciate it. But Iâ€™ve also seen some really negative stuff about how weâ€™re super white-hating, which is clearly also not true.
Did you have a favourite episode or storyline this season? KK: Itâ€™s hard to say because itâ€™s such a serialized show, but there are images that have stuck in my head as Iâ€™ve watched them through all the edits. Thereâ€™s a moment with Beckbie, he has a scene with Crystal [Michaela Washburn], who we briefly saw in Season 3. Sheâ€™s a criminal and he is a cop, and theyâ€™re both Indigenous and they have an all-out, intense discussion. Itâ€™s a very good scene, and thereâ€™s a small moment that follows that I find really moving, where Beckbie is kind of facing his cop self.
Thereâ€™s stuff with Luna [Star Slade] thatâ€™s really powerful this year as she tries to decide what path she wants to take for her career, whether she wants to focus on legal aid, or if she wants to sort of go in the direction that Joanna went, and she has to decide what will make more of an impact based on what she wants to do with her life.
And thereâ€™s stuff with Billy and Joanna as they manage being parents that I find really beautiful. They come to an understanding with each other and they have therapy scenes, which I think are also really interesting. There are a lot of things to look forward to from all these characters.
Burden of Truth airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem.
Like with everything else, there’s been a lot of uncertainty surrounding network television, from when a series is premiering or returning, if at all.
Well, Private Eyes fans, fear not. Matt (Jason Priestley) and Angie (Cindy Sampson) are back and in fine formâ€”Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Globalâ€”so much so that if you close your eyes, things almost seem normal again.
Fresh off its Golden Screen Award win for Canada’s most-watched comedy or drama, your favourite detective duo is on the case for a fourth season. Also fresh? Angie’s new haircut. Just saying.
Back to that distraction, though. Sabrina (Katie Boland) simply wants to connect with her newfound dadâ€”until things take a turn when guest star Erica Durance (Saving Hope) turns up. And if her appearance wasn’t enough, it gets even more complicated as Shade and Angie continue to cast not-so-subtle longing glances at one anotherâ€”especially since Tex (Brett Donahue) is still in the picture.
But it’s the seventh episode that’ll have you reaching for the popcorn, thanks to appearances from Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, the prettiest star on HGTV Canada, Scott McGillivray, and golf pro Mike Weir. Priestley directs that star-studded hour, while Episode 3 marks Sampson’s directorial debut. It’s safe to say the rest of the season (and the upcoming fifth instalment) looks bright. Shade(s) optional.
Private Eyes airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.
ICF Films, Eagle Vision, and eOne today announced that production is underway on Season 4 of CBC original drama series BURDEN OF TRUTH (8X60) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Following lawyer Joanna Chang, (Kristin Kreuk;Â Smallville,Â Beauty and the Beast),Â BURDEN OF TRUTHÂ began production in early September and is set to shoot until late fall. Seasons 1-3 ofÂ BURDEN OF TRUTHÂ are available now on the freeÂ CBC GemÂ streaming service.Â BURDEN OF TRUTHÂ is also broadcast on The CW in the U.S. and on additional networks around the world.
BURDEN OF TRUTHÂ 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. Each season centres around a new life-altering legal case – the vulnerable plaintiffs searching for answers and the boots-on-the-ground lawyers fighting incredible odds to deliver justice.
Reprising their roles for Season 4 are executive producerÂ Kristin KreukÂ as Joanna Chang;Â Peter MooneyÂ (Rookie Blue,Â Saving Hope) as Billy Crawford;Â Star SladeÂ (Frontier,Â Emerald Code) as law student Luna Spence;Â Meegwun FairbrotherÂ (Mohawk Girls,Â Hemlock Grove) as Police Chief Owen Beckbie; andÂ Anwen Oâ€™DriscollÂ (Emerald Code,Â Flint) as new Millwood police recruit, Officer Taylor Matheson. Additional returning cast members include local Winnipeg actorsÂ Eugene BaffoeÂ (Ruthless Souls,Â Our Scene) as Officer Thorpe;Â Skye PelletierÂ (Taken, Indian Horse)) returning from Season 2 as Saulteaux teen, Kip Bellegarde; and lawyer Nevin Page returns from Season 2 and 3, played byÂ Paul EssiembreÂ (Chloe,Â Warehouse 13).
This season also welcomes new additionsÂ Brynn GodenirÂ (The Middles, Journey Back to Christmas) as Stevie Nichols, Lunaâ€™s new law-student girlfriend, andÂ Cherissa RichardsÂ (A Dogâ€™s Journey,Â The Secret Ingredient) as Joannaâ€™s new adversary,Â Elise Moore.
Season 4 welcomes a talented array of directors includingÂ Doug MitchellÂ (The Pinkertons, Less Than Kind),Â Kelly MakinÂ (Flashpoint, Saving Hope),Â Michelle LatimerÂ (Trickster, Rise),Â Madison ThomasÂ (Taken, Colour of Scar Tissue), and 2ndÂ Unit Director,Â Tyson CaronÂ (Wynter, Lovesick).
Writers this season includeÂ Brad Simpson,Â Madison Thomas,Â Eric Putzer,Â Shannon Masters,Â Hayden Simpson,Â Felicia Brooker, and cast member,Â Meegwun FairbrotherÂ joins the writers this season.
In Season 4, when a mining company reopens a dormant mine outside Millwood, Joanna and Billy, lawyers and new parents, step in to protect a local womanâ€™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 isnâ€™t what it claims to be, Joanna seizes an opportunity to launch an unexpected legal battle that will bring the company to its knees.
A CBC original series,Â BURDEN OF TRUTHÂ is produced by ICF Films, Eagle Vision, and eOne. The series is created by Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue, King), who is also an executive producer. Brad Simpson and Adam Pettle (Saving Hope, The Detail, Nurses) serve as co-showrunners and also write on Season 4.Â BURDEN OF TRUTHÂ is executive produced by Ilana Frank (Nurses, Saving Hope), Linda Pope (Nurses, Saving Hope), Adam Pettle (Nurses, Saving Hope), Jocelyn Hamilton (Cardinal,Â Mary Kills People),Â Eagle Visionâ€™s Kyle Irving (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Kristin Kreuk (Beauty & The Beast, Smallville). Co-Executive producers are Lisa MeechesÂ ofÂ Eagle Vision (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Tyson Caron (Lovesick, Wynter).