Get ready, because they’re back! The women of Workin’ Moms return this Tuesday, February 16 at 9 p.m. to CBC and CBC Gem for Season 5. As always, the original comedy promises to keep exploring the careers and personal lives of Kate (Catherine Reitman), Anne (Dani Kind), Frankie (Juno Rinaldi), and Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim) with a style that blends truth, brutal honesty, and comedy into a perfect package. Thankfully, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, work was able to continue and Season 5 will once again consist of ten episodes.
Kate’s professional life gets disrupted this season when she meets and is inspired by a formidable new client (Rookie Blue vet Enuka Okuma). Meanwhile, Anne has left Kate and her old life behind, moving with Lionel (Ryan Belleville) and her kids to Calgary. Frankie’s professional success is tempered by the fact that she is having a hard time connection with baby Soloman at home, and Jenny realizes her relationship with MCP (Alex Mallari Jr.) may be more than expected.
Reitman and Kind recently spoke with The TV Junkies about the upcoming season and were able to provide some insights as to what fans can expect to see. How will these women continue to maintain their friendships, careers, and parenting goals while embarking on the exciting new chapters of their lives? Be sure to tune in Tuesday at 9 p.m. to find out!
The TV Junkies: I can’t believe we’re here talking about Season 5. Congratulations! What’s that feel like for you both?
Dani Kind: I think it felt great to come back! The storyline this year for Anne is amazing. I got to shoot on Wynonna Earp before so coming to this made me not as worked up about shooting in COVID. When we got on set, all the COVID part of it was handled so beautifully, and I felt so safe at work. I was just amped to shoot this year.
Catherine Reitman: Season 5 definitely had its new challenges because of COVID. I joke that as producers you think the biggest challenge is ‘Wow, how am I going to make a season of a television show?’ You never think you’ll have the responsibility of people’s lives like we did this season. That was a new, complicated layer to add.
In a weird way, this magic happened that never has before. I had to release the reins a lot more, which was both scary and good for all parties. This trust had to happen amongst the cast and crew and on our last night, there was this odd, emotionally-charged energy at the wrap that I’ve never felt before. It was electric.
TTVJ: Kate always comes across some really interesting characters through her work. This season is no different when she meets what you guys are calling a “She-EO”. Can you preview a little about who that woman is and how she affects Kate?
CR: We see this character of Sloane and we started thinking, ‘What would Kate be like if she never had children and just continued to go unapologetically after what she wanted professionally?’ Sloane really embodies that and the other side of that, the indulgences that come with that. It’s this amazing journey for Kate because she’s watching what could have been. She dances that line of going too far and coming back. As a whole, Sloane is this mirrored image of her that gets to show her what could have been. I hope the audience enjoys it as much as we do.
TTVJ: How are Kate and Nathan doing? They seem stronger than ever in the premiere.
CR: We wanted to have a solid Kate and Nathan season where we got to really explore Kate’s professional journey and the pull of not having Anne there with her. There will be a crazy, crazy arc to Nathan’s ex, and having Philip as my husband of 13 years now, he so rarely talks about his ex-girlfriends. I’m so fascinated when I stumble across a photo. It’s like, ‘Oh yea! There was a you before me.’ Seeing a glimpse into your partner’s past, and having that resurface when you’re married with children, is a really fascinating terrain for us.
TTVJ: Anne and Alice (Sadie Munroe) always have an interesting journey in their relationship every season. What can we expect to see out of those two this year?
DK: Sadie is the greatest actress in the world and I love her so much! It’s really interesting because Anne has been put in a new situation where she’s almost having an identity crisis and her mini-me is also having an identity crisis. It’s really interesting to watch unfold and it’s chaotic, scary to see, and exciting. I don’t want to give it away because it’s so good.
CR: Alice had a crazy Season 4 with what she went through at school.
TTVJ: Yes, you successfully scared all of us with pre-teen girls. Congratulations!
DK: I got so many messages from moms with teenage girls saying ‘Do you think this is what’s really going to happen?’
TTVJ: Now I can’t talk with you guys and not mention the fact that one of my favorites, Val (Sarah McVie) is still around. What’s this season got in store for her?
CR: Val and Mel have moved in together with her teenage boys. One of her boys turns 18 this season so Val, after getting some very healthy advice from Anne, will learn how to set boundaries for her boys. We’re in full teen nightmare land with these boys, and Val handles it in a way that will both shock and delight the audience.
DK: I could barely get through those scenes on set. I had such a hard time because they are so funny.
Workin’ Moms Season 5 premieres Tuesday, February 16 at 9 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem.