ICF Films, Eagle Vision and global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that cameras are rolling in Winnipeg on Season 2 of CBC’s original drama series BURDEN OF TRUTH (8X60). Following big city lawyer Joanna Chang, formerly Hanley (Kristin Kreuk; Smallville, Beauty and the Beast), BURDEN OF TRUTH continues production in Winnipeg until mid-September and will premiere in winter 2019 on CBC in Canada. Season 1 of BURDEN OF TRUTH will premiere in the US July 25 on The CW and is streaming now at cbc.ca/watch and on the CBC TV app.
“We very much appreciate that the CBC has allowed us to present another season of BURDEN OF TRUTH,” said Executive Producer, Ilana Frank, ICF Films. “We think we have an exciting legal mystery to explore as well as exposure to very diverse characters and their plights.”
“The debut season of BURDEN OF TRUTH delivered a gripping investigative drama that hooked Canadian viewers,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC. “Season 2 will further the series’ focus on life-altering legal cases, with the stakes higher than ever. We are delighted to begin production on another season with an impressive cast led by the remarkable Kristin Kreuk.”
Reprising their roles for Season 2 are Peter Mooney (Rookie Blue, Saving Hope) as Billy Crawford, Millwood’s local attorney; Alex Carter (NCIS, Ransom) as Joanna’s estranged father David Hanley; Star Slade and Sara Thompson are girlfriends Luna Spence and Molly Ross; Meegwun Fairbrother (Mohawk Girls, Hemlock Grove) as Officer Owen Beckbie; Jessica Matten (Blackstone, Frontier) as Luna’s mom Gerrilynn; and Anwen O’Driscoll (Emerald Code, Flint) as Taylor Matheson, a high-school athlete affected by the mysterious illness.
Season 2 also introduces new cast members including Michelle Nolden (Saving Hope, Republic of Doyle) as Teddie Lavery, Joanna’s mentor and boss at Steadman Lavery; Varun Saranga (Wynonna Earp, Carter) as Joanna’s new client, Noah; Andrew Chown (Beauty and the Beast, Reign) as Billy’s brother Shane Crawford; and Raymond Ablack (Orphan Black, Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Sunil Doshi, a young lawyer at Steadman Lavery.
In Season 1, corporate attorney Joanna Hanley made headlines fighting for the justice of five sick girls in her hometown of Millwood. This season she finds herself at a top law firm in Winnipeg ready to make a fresh start away from her previous firm. There, a new client draws her into the shadowy world of hackers, activists, and a political movement that won’t take any prisoners. The case leads Joanna through many twists and turns, until she eventually becomes a killer’s target. Her estranged father tries to assist her, which leads to an event that will change both their lives forever.
Meanwhile, Millwood’s lifeblood has been left depleted following the bankruptcy of the mill. With rising unemployment rates, tensions in town are running high, leaving Billy to retreat further away from town, but when his reckless brother Shane shows up, Billy is forced to confront childhood memories.
A CBC original series, BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision. The series is created by Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue, King). Adam Pettle (Saving Hope, The Detail) returns as showrunner and will also write on Season 2. BURDEN OF TRUTH is executive produced by Ilana Frank (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, The Detail), Adam Pettle, Linda Pope (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, The Detail), Brad Simpson, Jocelyn Hamilton (Mary Kills People, Cardinal), and Kristin Kreuk. BURDEN OF TRUTH is co-executive produced by Eagle Vision’s Kyle Irving and Lisa Meeches (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Grant Harvey (Heartland, Orphan Black). Irving also serves as producer and co-producer is Tyson Caron (Lovesick, Wynter). For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production.
Grant Harvey returns to direct on Season 2 of BURDEN OF TRUTH, alongside new directors Stephanie Morgenstern (X Company), Michelle Latimer (Little Dog) and Doug Mitchell (The Pinkertons). Returning to the writers’ room for Season 2 are Brad Simpson, along with Shannon Masters (Cardinal), Hayden Simpson (Saving Hope), and Eric Putzer (Mama). New writers joining for season 2 are Felicia Brooker and Renée St. Cyr (Orphan Black).
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, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit. eOne holds worldwide distribution 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; five seasons of the hugely popular medical drama Saving Hope for CTV and ION, and the most-watched Canadian drama of the 2013-2014 broadcast year. In 2017 ICF Films had a very active production roster 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 and the first season of Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk and Peter Mooney for CBC and The CW.
ABOUT EAGLE VISION
Eagle Vision Inc. is one of Canada’s leading Production Companies. Founded in 2000, Eagle Vision produces exceptional, award winning television and film content for the Canadian and International marketplace. Partners Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving have produced more than 180 hours of content together. They and their projects have been the recipients of 5 Oscar Nominations (1 win), a Golden Globe win, 5 BAFTA nominations (1 win), 13 Gemini/CSA nominations (5 wins) and a Banff Rockie Award amongst several other prestigious awards. Eagle Vision’s current series work includes: Burden of Truth (CBC, The CW, Hulu), Taken (CBC, APTN) and Ice Road Truckers (History).
ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.