CBC Announces New Series
(August 14, 2020 – Toronto) CBC has announced production of Feudal, a new original one-hour series, has begun in Nova Scotia. The 8×60-minute episodes focus on a dysfunctional clan of adult half-siblings battling for control of their family business, The Moonshine, a ramshackle summer resort on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
Created by Sheri Elwood, Feudal is produced by Halifax-based Six Eleven Media and eOne, and is set for broadcast on CBC in 2021. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be telling this story with my partners at eOne, Charles Bishop and CBC,” said Elwood (pictured below). “It’s a love letter to the place where I grew up, a passion project brought to life by a wildly talented cast, led by the glorious Jennifer Finnigan.”
Feudal is an epic tale of lust, legacy and lobster, set against the backdrop of financial hardship, small town intrigue and a long-buried secret that threatens to annihilate the Finley-Cullens once and for all. Corrine Koslo (Anne with an E) and Peter MacNeill (This Life) play Bea and Ken Finley-Cullen, the heads of the family and owners of The Moonshine, their own little slice of paradise that is starting to become a nightmare – if only they could decide which of their flawed brood is fit to take over the business.
Jennifer Finnigan (Salvation) plays Lidia, an architect and the eldest sibling who wants to redevelop and exploit the valuable coastal property, giving her an opportunity to shine and overcome past disappointments, and Anastasia Phillips (Reign) plays her often-overlooked younger sister Rhian, who sees The Moonshine as her own chance to shine.
Other family members include Lidia’s sister Nora, the sexy local DJ, who knows all the family secrets and is played by Emma Hunter (Mr. D, Fridge Wars); Alexander Nunez (Avocado Toast) as Sammy, Lidia’s musically gifted adopted brother who holds secrets of his own; and Tom Stevens (Wayward Pines) as aging party boy Ryan, Rhian’s twin, who is running his own (illegal) business out of the resort. Allegra Fulton (The Shape of Water) plays Jill LeBlanc, an old family friend with some nefarious motives and secrets of her own. Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s) plays Daniel Bennett, Lidia’s husband and a star architect, suffering through his own mid-life crisis.
“Feudal is an authentic east coast story with broad appeal, featuring an irresistibly flawed family of characters and a multi-layered, dramatic storyline with strong comedic elements,” said Sally Catto, General Manager of Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC. “As production begins in Nova Scotia, we look forward to seeing Sheri’s distinctive vision and voice brought to life by this brilliant ensemble cast.”
“Working with Sheri and the team at eOne has been a dream and we are very excited to be shooting this important live action series for CBC in our home province of Nova Scotia,” said Charles Bishop, CEO and Executive Producer at Six Eleven Media.
“We are thrilled to work with Sheri on a new series along with our partners at CBC and Charles Bishop,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, eOne’s President, Canada, Television. “Featuring a stellar cast and biting comedic writing, Feudal will build on Sheri’s previous work exploring dysfunctional family relationships.”
Scheduled for 2021, no specific start date has been announced for the series.