CBC announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had renewed original legal dramas Burden of Truth and Diggstown for new seasons. Season 4 of Burden of Truth will consist of 8×60 episodes and start production in Winnipeg, Manitoba later this summer. Diggstown will return for Season 3 and consist of 8×60 episodes with production beginning in early 2021 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“Both Burden of Truth and Diggstown look at the legal world through a distinct lens by highlighting systemic corruption, injustice and discrimination in the legal system, including anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism,” said Sally Catto, General Manager of Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC. “These two series offer a unique take on the traditional crime procedural, and continue to engage audiences across the country each season with strong performances and original storylines.”
Set in Manitoba and starring Kristin Kreuk, Burden of Truth 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.
A CBC original drama,Burden of Truth is produced by ICF Films, Eagle Vision and Entertainment One (eOne) with executive producers Ilana Frank (Nurses, Saving Hope), Linda Pope (Nurses, Saving Hope), Adam Pettle (Nurses, Saving Hope), Jocelyn Hamilton (Cardinal, Mary Kills People), Brad Simpson (Rookie Blue, King), Eagle Vision’s Kyle Irving (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Kristin Kreuk (Beauty & The Beast, Smallville). Co-Executive producers are Lisa Meeches of Eagle Vision (Taken, Ice Road Truckers) and Tyson Caron (Lovesick, Wynter).
Starring Vinessa Antoine, Diggstown follows legal aid lawyer Marcie Diggs, who continues her exploration of a system fraying at the edges as she and her band of tireless colleagues fight to protect society’s most vulnerable from a capricious justice system. In Season 3, Marcie and her cohorts are pushed to the brink, frustrated by an under-resourced and overtaxed legal aid system.
A CBC original drama, Diggstown is co-produced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films and Waterstar Entertainment Inc. Floyd Kane is creator, executive producer and showrunner, and Amos Adetuyi (Jozi-H, Jean of the Jones), Karen Wentzell (Seed), Brenda Greenberg (Being Erica) and Todd Berger (Wynonna Earp) are executive producers.
Burden of Truth is also broadcast on The CW Network in the U.S., and Diggstown was recently acquired by BET+ in the U.S.
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