Burden of Truth (TV series)

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Burden of Truth
Genre Legal drama
Created by Brad Simpson
Starring
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Kristin Kreuk
  • Ilana Frank
  • Jocelyn Hamilton
Release
Original network CBC
Original release January 10, 2018 (2018-01-10) – present
External links
Website

Burden of Truth is a Canadian drama television series, starring Kristin Kreuk, which premiered on CBC on January 10, 2018.[1] The series was created by Brad Simpson,[2] and is executive-produced by Kreuk, Ilana Frank and Jocelyn Hamilton.[3]

Plot[edit]

Corporate attorney Joanna Hanley returns to her small hometown of Millwood in order to represent a large pharmaceutical company against a group of sick girls, but starts to see that these girls need her help.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kristin Kreuk as Joanna Hanley, an attorney from the big city that's come back to the town she grew up in to defend a pharmaceutical company against a group of sick girls. However, she stays both to uncover the bigger conspiracy hiding the true cause of the girls's sickness and to find out the truth about why she and her father left Millwood in the first place.
  • Peter Mooney as Billy Crawford, the lawyer defending the girls and later Joanna's partner in uncovering the conspiracy.
  • Star Slade as Luna Spence, Joanna's assistant and Molly Ross's girlfriend.
  • Nicola Correia-Damude as Diane, the school's counselor and an old friend of Joanna's.
  • David Lawrence Brown as Ben Matheson, father to one of the sick girls and the owner of the town's Mill.
  • Meegwun Fairbrother as Owen Beckbie, a cop and Luna's ex stepfather.
  • Anwen O'Driscoll as Taylor Matheson, one of the sick girls and Ben Matheson's daughter
  • Sara Thompson as Molly Ross, one of the sick girls, Billy Crawford's niece and Luna's girlfriend.

Recurring[edit]

  • Cassandra Potenza as Georgia Lewis.
  • Benjamin Ayres as Alan Christie, an attorney working for Joanna's father's law firm and Joanna's ex.
  • Jessica Matten as Gerrilyn Spence, Luna's mother.
  • Rebecca Gibson as Wendy Ross, Billy's sister and Molly's mother.
  • Jerni Stewart as Lisa Mitchell.
  • Montana Lehmann as Allie Nash.
  • Alex Carter as David Hanley, Joanna's father and a partner at the law firm she used to work for.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Jeff WoolnoughBrad SimpsonJanuary 10, 2018 (2018-01-10)
When it’s suspected that her big-pharma client’s vaccine has caused a mysterious illness affecting a handful of teenaged girls, high-powered attorney, Joanna Hanley, returns to her hometown of Millwood to quickly and quietly settle the case. But when she’s forced to go up against an old friend from high school, she begins to second guess the choices she’s made along the path to partnership in her father’s prestigious big city law firm. A turn in the case reveals that her client is not at fault, but rather than return home with another easy win, Joanna decides to stay and dig into a case she believes could turn into a profitable class action law suit.
2"The Ties That Bind"Jeff WoolnoughBrad SimpsonJanuary 17, 2018 (2018-01-17)
A fish out of water in a town that's as foreign as it is familiar, Joanna must reckon with questions over her family's hasty departure when she was a teenager.
3"Still Waters"Jordan CanningLynn CoadyJanuary 24, 2018 (2018-01-24)
Relying on her esteemed reputation as a partner at CTS, Joanna convinces a hydrologist to come to Millwood to test the soil. With reluctant permission from the local Mayor, Joanna and Billy narrow down their list of suspects to a handful of industrial sites in the community, after testing the soil and groundwater around town, they make the startling discovery that the field is the source of the toxin when they uncover barrels of sludge buried there. But someone would rather they stop digging and the pair get run off the road.
4"Family Ties"Jordan CanningShannon MastersJanuary 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)
Convinced that the local steel mill and its owner, Ben Matheson, are responsible for the barrels Joanna and Billy go after him but don’t have enough to make the allegation stick. When her father shows up and persuades her that Ben’s offer to clean the field is the best deal she’s going to get, Joanna decides to pack up to return home. However, a shocking revelation in her personal life leads her to question everything her father has ever told her. Joanna resigns from her father’s firm and in a knee-jerk reaction, files a statement of claim against the mill.
5"Witch Hunt"James GennBrad Simpson & Eric PutzerFebruary 28, 2018 (2018-02-28)
Anger over the claim against the mill pits the sick girls and their families against employees of the mill who worry that their jobs are on the line. When the local Pastor’s daughter becomes afflicted with the illness, he blames the girls themselves. Parents begin keeping their healthy kids home from school, so to quell the mounting hysteria, the High School Principal cracks down on the affected girls and prevents them from attending their prom. Joanna fires back at the school, but victory eludes her. When the kids decide to throw a prom of their own, Billy and Joanna are made honorary prom king and queen. However, the moment is over-shadowed by the mill’s answer to her claim – they’ve hired her father’s law firm to represent them and they plan to annihilate her.
6"The Devil in the Desert"James GennLaura Good, Hayden SimpsonMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)
As threats against Joanna and Billy escalate, Joanna digs her heels in on the case. Relying on the expert testimony of a respected neuropsychologist, Joanna expects he’ll prove once and for all that the girls have been poisoned. Instead, after assessing them, he pronounces that the ailment is “all in their head”, they have what’s called Conversion Disorder, with the opposition breathing down their neck, Joanna and Billy scramble to salvage their suit.
7"Ducks on the Pond"Douglas MitchellGraeme StewartMarch 14, 2018 (2018-03-14)
Stuck in Millwood without a case and no longer having a firm to return home to, Joanna is at loose ends on what to do next. While she toys with the idea of taking an offer at another firm, Billy works to get their case reinstated without much success. However, when the doctor who claimed that the girls were suffering with conversion disorder is exposed for using them as research for his new book, they get his testimony thrown out. Better still, a whistleblower comes forward and reveals an additional source of toxic waste and a new patient zero. Joanna is back on the case with more fervor than ever.
8"Hang Together"Douglas MitchellHayden SimpsonMarch 28, 2018 (2018-03-28)
Following some new leads, Joanna and Billy make the horrific discovery of a massive dumpsite on farmland near the school. They finally have enough evidence to certify as a class but it won’t be an easy fight. Someone has obviously gotten to their whistleblower as he’s no longer willing to cooperate. To make matters worse, Joanna’s father takes over as lead counsel and has Joanna disqualified due to a conflict of interest. When one of the girls gets diagnosed with cancer, it becomes clear that they’re running out of time.
9"Home to Roost"Grant HarveyLynn CoadyApril 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)
With Joanna disqualified and the clock running out on Billy who’ll have to face Joanna’s father alone, Joanna must think outside the box if they want to win this. She must face the one person who may be able to help her defeat her father, her mom. Not only does she learn the truth about her father, she gains the critical piece of evidence that ties the mill and their parent company to the dumping. Regrettably, Joanna returns too late and finds the case in shambles, her named plaintiff removed and the class de-certified.
10"Cause in Fact"Grant HarveyBrad SimpsonApril 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)
Using the law to her advantage, Joanna herself reinstated on a technicality and plays her trump card. When it isn’t enough to elicit a settlement offer, Joanna makes things personal, she blackmails her father with incriminating evidence and threatens to expose him if he refuses to negotiate. Once she strong-arms him into a settlement, she must choose whether to expose his dirty little secret or not, but doing so may cost her more than she’s prepared to pay.

Production[edit]

Noelle Carbone and Adriana Maggs were the original showrunners but left the series. Ten one-hour episodes were ordered, it was filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in summer 2017.[4] Location shots were filmed in Selkirk, Manitoba, several shots in the Riverside Grill. In outdoor shots, traffic on the Selkirk bridge is visible.

The series was renewed for an 8-episode second season on April 4, 2018.[5]

Broadcast[edit]

In April 2018, The CW network acquired the series for a planned run in the United States in mid-2018.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Features: Ready For Close Up - Burden of Truth". CBC Television. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Burden of Truth - CBC Media Centre". CBC Television. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ Tony Wong (January 6, 2018). "Kristin Kreuk hopes Smallville, Beauty & the Beast fans follow her to non-supernatural show". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ Etan Vlessing (July 7, 2017). "Kristin Kreuk Starrer 'Burden of Truth' Loses Showrunners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ Malyk, Lauren (April 4, 2018). "CBC renews Burden of Truth". Playback. Brunico Communications. Retrieved May 20, 2018. 
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva; Erik Pedersen (April 5, 2018). "The CW Acquires Drama Series 'Burden Of Truth' Starring Kristin Kreuk For Summer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2018. 

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