Diggstown: Vinessa Antoine On Marcie’s Continued Fight

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Year 2 of a television series is when things really start to get real and moving. The initial setup of the show is out of the way, the characters have been introduced, and the writers begin really digging in deep on all of the characters. According to series star Vinessa Antoine, that certainly will be the case when Season 2 of the drama series Diggstown premieres Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem. Antoine returns as Marcie Diggs, the star corporate lawyer who reconsidered priorities in Season 1 and took a job in legal aid in order to directly help her community and fight for justice.

Antoine spoke to The TV Junkies about how the series will really dig in, not only to the lives of Marcie and its other characters, but also into some really timely and relevant social issues. Marcie and her co-workers will continue to serve the diverse communities in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Season 2, and in the premiere she takes on the case of a dismissed police officer who kills a local woman during a high-speed chase. Antoine also previews for us what Marcie’s personal life may look like in Season 2 as she moves on from Constable Myers (Tim Rozon) and continues to get closer to her co-workers.

 

The TV Junkies: How do you feel coming back for Season 2, now having one year as Marcie under your belt?

Vinessa Antoine: I love it, and this season feels like a continuation of everything that we’d been working on in Season 1. It almost feels like Season 2 is a part of Season 1 in some regards. It’s been really nice.

TTVJ: Marcie’s now worked in the legal aid office for a bit. Is she feeling more comfortable in that role this year?

VA: I think so. In the beginning, there were some hurdles she had to overcome in transitioning from corporate law to legal aid. She had to find her space and place in that office. For the most part, Marcie started off not as social or needing to make friends. She was really about her work and her cases. She was pretty private. Now, at this point, she’s developed some nice relationships, especially with Pam (Stacey Farber), and this season she will get more comfortable with her colleagues for sure.

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TTVJ: In the episodes I screened, the cases seemed very timely and relevant to today’s issues. Is that how most of the cases are going to be this year?

VA: That’s one thing that has absolutely changed this year. All of the cases have ramped up in a huge way. All of the cases are important, but from Season 1 to Season 2, we move from a single mom trying to keep her baby to a lot of murder. I believe that every episode we deal with some kind of murder. It’s really ramped up! [laughs]

TTVJ: What is going on in Nova Scotia with all this murder?

VA: I don’t think it’s too far from reality, actually. Most of our cases are adapted from real cases that have gone on in Halifax. It’s pretty sad.

TTVJ: In Season 1, something I really loved, was that you dove into the mental health issues that are prevalent in Marcie’s family. Will we continue to delve into that in Season 2?

VA: There’s definitely a lot of family this year, and I’m really excited about that because in Season 2 we get a little more insight into where Marcie grew up. We see more of her family life and her parents have some struggles they deal with. We also see into the community itself, as one of the cases that Marcie is working, the community is against her, but she’s still fighting and wanting to do the right thing. I don’t think we dive too deeply into mental health per say, but we definitely touch on some issues in a very interesting way. One of Floyd’s [Kane, showrunner] gifts is not jamming issues down your throat, but presenting them in a storyline that causes you to think about things and start conversations.

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TTVJ: What about Marcie’s personal life? Is there any romance in store for her this season?

VA: There’s lots of romance! [laughs] We see that Pam is still part of Avery’s (Dwain Murphy) life and they continue, but there’s a couple of men that come through in Season 2 that spark Marcie’s interest. I can’t give too much away because I know there’s a surprise coming along.

TTVJ: Can you preview a little bit of what’s in store for the other members of Marcie’s firm this season?

VA: Reggie (C. David Johnson) is going to start to dive into some teaching at a university. Colleen (Natasha Henstridge) will be taking on more cases because her job is a bit in jeopardy. So she’s going to have to really bump up her cases to show the importance of her job. I do a lot of work with Doug (Brandon Oakes) this year. He and I team up and really dig into the Black and Indigenous community issues. I’m thrilled to see that because in Canadian television, just to be able to have storylines centered around Indigenous and Black communities and us working together, that just hasn’t really been seen.

 

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Diggstown Season 2 premieres Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem.