CBC’s BREAKOUT HIT ORIGINAL DRAMA CORONER BEGINS PRODUCTION ON SEASON 2
Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios are delighted to announce production is underway for season two of the CBC hit original drama series CORONER (8×60). Last season’s #1 new English-language Canadian series* returns with more buzzworthy cases and compelling character drama, starring Serinda Swan (Inhumans, Ballers) as coroner Dr. Jenny Cooper. CORONER season two is scheduled to debut on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service in Winter 2020 and expected to return to the UK, Australia, France, Spain, Germany, Africa, Poland, Latin America and Brazil in 2020. Inspired by the best-selling series of books by M.R. Hall and created for television by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue), the series is currently being filmed in various locations in Toronto, Ontario.
Building on the critical and ratings success of the hit first season, CORONER season two returns to Toronto where Jenny Cooper continues her mission to speak for the dead to protect the living. In the aftermath of a devastating apartment fire, Jenny struggles to control a dangerous new outlet for her anxiety. Meanwhile, a witness to the fire draws Detective Donovan McAvoy into a hidden side of the city. The season dives deeper into what it means to live in the face of death. Jenny must trust her instincts, as her father’s dementia worsens, her son turns 18, and her now-live-in boyfriend Liam is confronted by his own push and pull with death. Every body has a story – and this season, Jenny must figure out the story her own body’s telling.
CORONER stars Swan as Dr. Jenny Cooper with Roger Cross (Dark Matter, Caught) as Donovan McAvoy; Éric Bruneau (Goalie, Blue Moon) as Liam; Ehren Kassam (Degrassi, Next Class) as Ross; Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Bad Blood) as Gordon Cooper; Tamara Podemski (Never saw it Coming) as Alison Trent; Andy McQueen (Killjoys) as Malik Abed; and Kiley May (It Chapter Two) as River Baitz. Joining the cast this season are Nicola Correia-Damude (October Faction) as Kelly, a survivor of the apartment fire who makes a connection with Jenny, and Olunike Adeliyi (Workin’ Moms) as Noor, a social worker who will do anything to protect her clients.
“Audiences are captivated by the complex character of Jenny Cooper and her timely investigations, thanks to the tremendous talent of the cast and creative team, and we look forward to sharing her next chapter with fans across the country,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC. “Morwyn, Adrienne, and the teams at Muse, Back Alley and Cineflix have created a cohesive and dynamic world for CORONER, with unabashedly complicated characters who will continue to evolve over the new season.”
“We are thrilled to be returning to CORONER for a second season that will not only continue to explore fascinating cases, but also brings fans closer to Jenny and her personal journey,” said showrunner Morwyn Brebner and lead director and executive producer Adrienne Mitchell. “There’s a real explosiveness to this season that we are very excited to bring to life.”
Season one of the series premiered as the highest-rated new drama series on CBC in more than four years** and delivered an average audience of more than one million viewers.*** CORONER also premiered as the highest-ever rated series launch in the UK for Universal TV in January 2019.
A CBC original series, CORONER is produced by Back Alley Films, Muse Entertainment and Cineflix Studios. Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue) is creator, executive producer and showrunner, Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bellevue) is lead director and executive producer for Back Alley Films, Jonas Prupas is executive producer for Muse Entertainment with Peter Emerson and Brett Burlock executive producers for Cineflix Studios. Michael Prupas and Janis Lundman serve as Consulting Executives for Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, respectively. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production. Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to CORONER.
*Source: Numeris TV Meter, Total Canada, Total TV English, Ind.2+ AMA, Sept. 17, 2018 – June 2, 2019, Mon-Sun 2a-2a, generated by InfoSys+TV.
**Source: Numeris TV Meter, Total Canada, CBC Total, Ind.2+ AMA, generated by InfoSys+TV.
***Source: Numeris TV Meter, Total Canada, CBC Total, Ind.2+ AMA, Monday 9:01pm-10pm, Jan. 7 – Feb. 25, 2019, generated by InfoSys+TV.
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About Muse Entertainment:
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. It has development and production offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Muse productions have won critical acclaim, large audiences, over 100 international awards, including Emmy Awards, and more than 300 award nominations. Muse produces a wide range of primetime comedy and dramatic series, miniseries, television movies, feature films, documentaries, factual entertainment, family programs and animation. www.muse.ca
About Back Alley Films:
Back Alley Film Productions Ltd, founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, has been producing entertaining, award-winning television for 30 years. With strong backgrounds in producing, (Lundman/Mitchell), and showrunning/directing (Mitchell), they have created and produced award-winning dramatic television series for Canadian and American networks which have sold worldwide. Back Alley is currently producing season two of the hit CBC series Coroner. Other work includes the drama thriller Bellevue, starring Oscar®-winning actress Anna Paquin, the WWII drama series Bomb Girls, the critically acclaimed crime series Durham County, as well as the series Played, Bliss, Straight Up and Drop the Beat. Back Alley has offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information visit: www.backalleyfilms.ca
About Cineflix Studios:
Cineflix Studios creates scripted content for the US, Canada, and international markets. Partnering with top flight showrunners and third-party producers, Cineflix Studios brings creative, co-financing, and distribution expertise through Cineflix Rights to premium projects. Cineflix Studios co-financed and co-produced two seasons of the dramatic series Pure for WGNA/Hulu/Super Channel/CBC and the recently renewed break-out hit series Coroner for CBC/NBCU International Networks.
About NBCUniversal International Networks:
NBCUniversal International Networks is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 160 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The channel brands in the portfolio include UNIVERSAL TV, SYFY, E! Entertainment Television, 13TH STREET, DIVA, Studio Universal, Telemundo, Bravo, DreamWorks and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe; the portfolio also includes Movies 24 in the UK and The Style Network in Australia. Further, NBCUniversal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operates CNBC and NBC News internationally.
NBCUniversal International Networks is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
For further information, please contact:
Tanya Koivusalo – Publicist, CBC
Renée Pye – Unit Publicist, CORONER S2