MONTREAL Canuck pubcaster CBC has given the greenlight to two homegrown hourlong drama series for the 2008-09 season. The full lineup for next season will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Session” is about a 32-year-old woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets a mysterious therapist who unlocks the door to her past. It is created by Jana Sinyor (“Dark Oracle”). Aaron Martin (“Best Years”) is the showrunner, and exec producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier. Series is a Temple Street production and has been picked up for international distribution by BBC Worldwide.
The other Canadian series CBC has acquired is “The Wild Roses,” a Calgary-set story about a family of women fighting for what is lawfully theirs. Cast includes Sarah Power, Steve Byers, Michelle Harisson and Adam MacDonald. It is created by Amy Cameron (“Song of Solomon”), Tassie Cameron (“The Eleventh Hour”) and Miranda de Pencier (“PU-239”). Shelley Eriksen is the showrunner, and exec producers are Jordy Randall, Tom Cox and de Pencier. Series is produced by Seven24 Films and Northwood Prods.