The cast and crew sum up the murder and mayhem of Slasher, Chillerâ€™s first original series, airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.
Slasher debuts in Canada on Friday, April 1, at 9 p.m. ET on Super Channel.
From a media release:
Super Channel, Canadaâ€™s only national English pay television network, is pleased to announce that SLASHER, an eight-episode psychological thriller from Shaftesbury, will tear up Canadian television screens, on Friday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET (SC4).
Each episode of the Super Channel original series will also be available on Super Channel On Demand the day following its initial broadcast.
Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Dracula, Merlin) stars as Sarah Bennett, a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centrepiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders based on the widely known, grisly killings of her parents. As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around her a suspectâ€¦or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her, including her husband, Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland, The Killing), her grandmother Brenda Merritt (Wendy Crewson, Saving Hope, Revenge), family friend Cam Henry (Steve Byers, The Man in the High Castle) and the townâ€™s police chief, Iain Vaughn (Dean McDermott, Ecstasy, CSI).
Additional cast includes Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Patrick Garrow (Hannibal, Bitten), Christopher Jacot (Rogue), Mayko Nguyen (Killjoys, Rookie Blue), Rob Stewart (Killjoys, Suits), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (Good Witch), Shawn Ahmed (MsLabelled, Paranormal Investigators), Jessica Sipos (Dark Matter, Ascension), Jefferson Brown (Rookie Blue, Being Erica), Mark GhanimÃ© (Reign, Helix), Dylan Taylor (What Would Sal Do?, Rogue, Covert Affairs), Booth Savage (Mr. D.), Victoria Snow (Cra$h & Burn), Sabrina Grdevich (Skins) and Rainbow Sun Francks (The Listener).
Developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with Super Channel and Chiller, SLASHER is written and created by Aaron Martin (Killjoys, Being Erica) and directed by Craig David Wallace (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil). Aaron Martin, Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are executive producers. SLASHER is funded with the participation of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the COGECO Program Development Fund, the Bell Fund, Music and Film in Motion/Federal Government of Canada, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
From a media release:
First Generation Films (FGF)Â announced today it has optioned Jeff Lemireâ€™s critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY to adapt into a scripted television series. Writer Aaron Martin has been signed to pen the pilot script and showrun the series currently in development with the CBC.
Based on award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemireâ€™s much-loved graphic novel trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions, this series intricately weaves the genealogy of a familyâ€™s origins acrossÂ generations. The novel is an intimate study of an eccentric community and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation.
Ted Adams, Chris Staros, Jeff Lemire and Aaron Martin will Executive Produce along with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films.
ESSEX COUNTY has won multiple literary awards including the American Library Associationâ€™s Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award.
New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire is currently writing Marvel Entertainmentâ€™sÂ â€œThe Extraordinary X-Menâ€, as his original graphic novel seriesÂ â€œDescenderâ€Â is being adapted into a major motion film by Sony Pictures.
Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Martinâ€™s previous credits include CTVâ€™sÂ â€œDegrassi: The Next Generationâ€,Â CBCâ€™sÂ â€œBeing Ericaâ€,Â CTVâ€™sÂ â€œKilljoysâ€ and most recently Super Channelâ€™sÂ Slasherâ€.
Todayâ€™s news comes less than three months after FGF announced the launch of the television division.
Dean McDermott wears his family on his sleeve. Literally.
The Toronto native’s entire right arm is a story in tattoo ink, from the top of his shoulder and the McDermott family crest to the tiger representing himself and brightly-coloured fish standing in for wife Tori and each of their four children.Â The ink is a constant reminder of where he came from and who he is: father, protector and husband.
But McDermott is an actor too, and he’s returning to those roots in Super Channel’s horror series Slasher. Set to debut in 2016 on Canada’s pay cable station and Chiller in the U.S., Aaron Martin’s twist on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None stars McDermott as Iain Vaughn, police chief of Waterbury, a small town where bad things are happening. How bad? How about grisly murders every few days and a mounting list of suspects?
“I’m starting over again and I’m going to show you stuff that I think will blow you away.”
“I read a lot of scripts and some of them are hard to get through,” McDermott says during a break in filming on location in Parry Sound, Ont. “This was just a page-turner. I just couldn’t put it down. It’s so funny having someone like Aaron, who worked on Degrassi, create this. I thought, ‘Wow, this guy can really write.” Though McDermott and Slasher‘s production company, Shaftesbury, want to keep much of the show’s secrets hidden until the debut, we can reveal the series’ killer cast. As previously announced, Merlin‘s Katie McGrath stars as Sarah Bennett, who returns to her childhood home years after her parents were murdered. Upon her arrival, copycat killings begin and everyone is a suspect … or a casualty.Â Among them are Katie’s husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren), her grandmother Brenda Merritt (Wendy Crewson), and family friend Cam Henry (Steve Byers). Co-stars includeÂ Mary Walsh,Â Enuka Okuma, Erin Karpluk,Â Christopher Jacot,Â Jefferson Brown,Â Mark GhanimÃ©Â andÂ Rainbow Sun Francks.
Slasher represents an important step in McDermott’s career, a return to acting that has rejuvenated him creatively. After regular roles in Due South, Power Play, Tracker and 1-800-Missing, and guest gigs on Kojak, NCIS, CSI, Without a Trace and The Closer, McDermott became more known for opening up his private life via Tori & Dean: Storibook Weddings, Tori & Dean: Inn Love and True Tori. He’s in the midst of Slasher‘s eight episodes, but McDermott sent out tapes in hopes of landing rolesÂ in CTV’s Saving Hope and Discovery’s first scripted series, Frontier; being on set has gotten him pumped for more varied roles.
“I’ve gotten my life in order and I realized that I am an actor,” he says, sitting forward. “That’s what I want to do and it’s what I’ll always do. I’m starting over again and I’m going to show you stuff that I think will blow you away.”
Slasher will air in 2016 on Super Channel.