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Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney battle big pharma in CBC’s Burden of Truth

Kristin Kreuk has swapped Superman and a Beast of a man to battle big pharmaceutical. The Vancouver native headlines and executive-produces Burden of Truth, CBC’s new legal drama, debuting Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Created by Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue), Burden of Truth is a 10-part serialized drama about a big-time lawyer named Joanna Hanley (Kreuk) who returns to her small town as the representative of a pharmaceutical company whose drugs are thought to be making young women sick. Once in Millwood, however, Joanna finds herself—after crushing the case made by the girls and led by her former high school classmate Billy Crawford (Peter Mooney)—questioning whether she’s on the right side of the lawsuit and discovering some bad feelings were left behind when she exited Millwood at 14 years old. Burden of Truth‘s first episode has the feeling of a John Grisham novel—slick lawyer slam-dunks on the locals—and that’s a good thing for viewers.

“He was definitely on the inspiration list,” Kreuk says during CBC’s press day for its winter lineup. “It was, tonally, what we were looking for.”

Often, first episodes can feel cluttered. Introducing a raft of characters, as well as major and minor storylines, in 22 or 44 minutes can be a confused mess. That doesn’t happen in Wednesday’s debut, a credit to executive producer Ilana Frank (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), who admits Truth‘s storytelling style—one case contained in one season—was a challenge.

“I’ve never done a serialized show before,” Frank says. “All of my shows have been episodic. So the idea that you have time was new to me. There were certain things that we knew we had to hit in the first episode and that was it. We made a short list. We knew we needed a reason for her to go to Millwood, we had to have a reason for her to stay in Millwood. There were certain things that were a must and if they didn’t work there it was going to work somewhere else.”

One of the musts was to pit Joanna against Billy. After eviscerating him in court she reflects on what she’s done and has second thoughts on who she’s fighting for. A lot of that reflection is because of her past with Billy, who is beloved by Millwood’s citizens.

“It’s such an interesting dynamic to take two people who knew each other more than half their lives and through circumstance have them come smashing back together,” Mooney says. “Their freshest memory of each other is them as teenagers. They’re trying to reconcile who they are now, how they’ve changed, who they were then and what their relationship was then.” They start out on opposite sides of the legal case, Mooney explains, and the relationship develops through Season 1 with Joanna and Billy realizing what makes them different as lawyers is a benefit in the courtroom.

Every small town, on TV at least, has a secret and Millwood is no different. Kreuk teases the reason Joanna and her father—played by Alex Carter—left the area when she was a teen will be revealed; that has a huge impact on Joanna and who she is. It also runs parallel to the court case.

“There may be a moment when her and her father are at odds,” she says with a laugh. “She followed her father, she became her father, she did everything centred around him. Everything she learns in town is really new and shocking and jarring for her.”

Burden of Truth airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

 

 

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Link: By hook or Kreuk

From Michael Pickard of Drama Quarterly:

Link: By hook or Kreuk
“For a Canadian show, it goes at a slower pace. It’s a serialised drama that looks at things that are pretty topical, from environmental issues through to abuses of power and abuse within families and communities, and also through female empowerment and success. So we’re really looking at topical issues in a slow, emotional way that I feel isn’t common in legal dramas.” Continue reading.

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Link: ‘I never felt safe on set’ — Canadian actors on changing the culture of harassment

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: ‘I never felt safe on set’ — Canadian actors on changing the culture of harassment
“I’ve always felt like this is a boys’ club. I’ve never felt safe on set. Sexual harassment is pervasive and insidious and it exists. It’s not always the crazy stuff you hear about. It can be more subtle. But it’s a fact of life.” Continue reading.

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Photo galleries: CBC’s new midseason series Burden of Truth, Caught, Crawford and more

Did you hear the news? CBC announced its midseason schedule, jam-packed with returning favourites like Schitt’s Creek, Hello Goodbye and Workin’ Moms along with new programs like Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney; Caught starring Allan Hawco, Greg Bryk, Tori Anderson and Eric Johnson; Little Dog starring Joel Thomas Hynes, Ger Ryan and Katharine Isabelle; documentary true crime series The Detectives; and Crawford starring Jill Hennessy, Kyle Mac and John Carroll Lynch.

Here’s the CBC’s official press release announcing the series and airdates. And, to get you jazzed for the new series, here are some exclusive images released by the network in support of Burden of Truth, Caught, Crawford and The Detectives. Enjoy!

Burden of Truth

 

Caught

 

Crawford

 

The Detectives

 

Which new midseason series are you most excited about? Comment below!

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Production begins on CBC’s Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk; additional cast announced

From a media release:

ICF Films, Eagle Vision and global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that production is underway in Winnipeg on new CBC original series BURDEN OF TRUTH (10 x 60, updated final title), a legal drama starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast) as a big city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls. The series started principal photography on July 2 and will shoot in and around Winnipeg until October for a winter 2018 premiere on CBC.

Additional cast members joining Kreuk include Peter Mooney (Rookie Blue, Camelot, Heroes Reborn), Alex Carter (NCIS, Ransom, Saving Hope), Ben Ayres (Saving Hope, Bitten, Dan for Mayor), Nicola Correia-Damude (Margarita, Hellmington, Where the Dolls Are), Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk Girls, Hemlock Grove, Helix, The Beaverton) and emerging Indigenous actor Star Slade.

Peter Mooney

The director roster for BURDEN OF TRUTH is led by veteran director Jeff Woolnough (The Expanse, Vikings, Saving Hope, Bones) with additional directors including Jordan Canning (Saving Hope, The Detail), James Genn (Saving Hope, Private Eyes, Ransom), Doug Mitchell (The Pinkertons, Less Than Kind) and Renuka Jeyapalan (Murdoch Mysteries).

A CBC original series, BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision. The series is created by Bradley Simpson (Rookie Blue, King) and executive produced by Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), Linda Pope (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), Jocelyn Hamilton (Mary Kills People, Cardinal) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast). BURDEN OF TRUTH is co-executive produced by Kyle Irving, Lisa Meeches (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Sonia Hosko (Saving Hope), with Adam Pettle (Saving Hope) serving as showrunner. Associate producers are Tyson Caron and Hannah Johnson, with consulting producer Lynn Coady. Additional writers on the series are Bradley Simpson, Lynn Coady, Shannon Masters, Graeme Stewart, Eric Putzer, and Laura Good.

Ben Ayres

BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and Manitoba Film and Music, and with the assistance of the Government of Manitoba – Manitoba Film & Video Production Tax Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.

ABOUT ICF FILMS
Ilana C Frank Films Inc. (ICF Films) is a production company founded by award-winning executive producer, Ilana Frank. The company is focused on creating entertaining and powerful long-form drama for millions of people worldwide. ICF Films has had a winning run of successful dramas commencing in 2009 with Rookie Blue running for six seasons on ABC and Global. Completing its first run this summer is the fifth and final season of ICF Films’ hugely popular medical drama Saving Hope, the most-watched Canadian drama of the 2013-2014 broadcast year. ICF Films also has a very active production roster in 2017 with the detective series The Detail for CTV in Canada and Ion in the U.S. starring Wendy Crewson, Shenae Grimes-Beech and Angela Griffin.

ABOUT EAGLE VISION
Eagle Vision Inc. is one of Canada’s leading production companies. Founded in 2000, Indigenous-owned Eagle Vision produces exceptional, award-winning television and film content for the Canadian and International marketplace. Partners Lisa Meeches (Ojibway from Long Plain First Nation) and Kyle Irving have produced 160+ hours of content. They and their films have been the recipients of five Oscar Nominations (one win), a Golden Globe win, five BAFTA nominations (one win), nine Gemini/CSA nominations (five wins) and a Banff Rockie Award, amongst several other prestigious awards.

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