Tim Rozon (Doc Holliday) will be Cst. Carson Myers in DIGGSTOWN, a series created by Floyd Kane that follows Marcie Diggs (Vinessa Antoine), a corporate lawyer who readjusts her priorities after her aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system. Antoine told The Toronto Star`: “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system, and when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of colour, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.” Marcie and her legal aid associates work directly in the community to find justice for their clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias. Stacey Farber, (Dr. Sydney Katz on SAVING HOPE), is also in the cast, as is Natasha Henstridge (Sil in the 1995 film SPECIES). Lynne Stopkewich will direct two episodes. DIGGSTOWN will premiere on CBC Wednesday, 6 March at 8pm.
Kiana Madeira (Poppy in “Whiskey Lullaby“) will be Moe Truax in TRINKETS, a ten-episode series based on the novel of the same name by Kirsten Smith (who co-wrote the screenplay for LEGALLY BLONDE). The show centers on three teenage girls: Elodie (the grieving misfit, played by Brianna Hildebrand); Moe (the mysterious outsider, played by Madeira); and Tabitha (the beauty queen, played by Quintessa Swindell).
They meet in a mandated Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, and when Tabitha challenges the others to a steal-off, a strange alliance forms between the three, held together by the thrill of theft. They find strength in one another as they negotiate family issues, high school drama and the difficulties of trying to fit in. Four episodes (the first two and the last two) will be directed by Sara St. Onge (who directed 20 episodes of the Audience Network series YOU ME HER). TRINKETS is currently filming in Portland, Oregon, and will be on Netflix later this year.
Chantel Riley (Kate in “Waiting Forever For You“) will be Certified Nursing Assistant Angela Cook in the (UNTITLED) SUITS SPINOFF that was originally titled “Second City”. The series will star Gina Torres as Angela’s cousin Jessica Pearson, a successful New York lawyer who has returned home to Chicago in an effort to help her family and their community. Angela was introduced in the final episode of the seventh season of SUITS, along with one of her two sons (played by Sebastian Nigel Singh) and her mother Lillian (Juanita Jennings). There is no indication if Jennings or Singh will appear in the new series. At the end of that SUITS episode, Jessica took a job with the Mayor’s Office in Chicago. The spinoff has begun production in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Megan Heffern (Beth Gardner in “Gonna Getcha Good“) is Lana in the Hallmark romance WINTER CASTLE. Meg (Melanie Mullen) decides to have a destination wedding at an ice hotel. Meg sets up her sister Jenny (Emilie Ullerup) with Craig (Kevin McGarry), a widowed and apparently single dad. Jenny’s hopes of romance are quickly dashed when she is introduced to Craig’s “plus one”, Lana, who arrives in faux furs, and slightly orange from too much self-tanner. Jenny and Craig find themselves constantly thrown together, making it difficult for them to ignore their obvious attraction to one another. There is ice sculpting, dog sledding, and snow tubing. Then the cold Lana has been fending off all week takes hold and she returns to California. Directed by Marita Grabiak (who directed two Season 7 episodes of BUFFY), and written by Barbara Kymlicka, WINTER CASTLE will next air on The Hallmark Channel on Saturday, 12 January at 4pm.