Coroner, Burden of Truth among raft of CBC renewals

Playback, March 26, 2019

A number of domestic series including Coroner, Burden of Truth and Frankie Drake Mysteries are heading into Canadian Screen Week with the security of a greenlight after CBC unveiled 10 additional renewals for its 2019-2020 schedule.

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Coroner is the #1 New Canadian English-Language Drama of the 2018/19 Broadcast Season

CBC Media Center, February 1, 2019

Out of the gate, audiences in Canada and the UK are embracing the new CBC original drama series CORONER. In Canada, the series bowed as the highest-rated new drama series premiere on CBC in more than four years. According to Numeris confirmed data, CORONER reached 2 million in Canada and delivered an average minute audience of more than one million viewers for each episode on CBC, with the series ranking in the top 30 television programs in English Canada for two consecutive weeks. In the UK, CORONER premiered as Universal TVʼs highest-ever rated series launch.

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Coroner Calling

C21 Media, April 23, 2019

THE C21TV INTERVIEW: Serinda Swan, star of CBC drama Coroner, took time out from Canneseries this month to tell C21TV how the show's tight local focus has helped it become popular around the world and discusses its balance of episodic and procedural elements. Swan also explains how she was drawn to the show's sense of humanity and talks about starring as Dr Jenny Cooper in the series, which is based on the bestselling books by MR Hall and created by Rookie Blue's Morwyn Brebner.

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CBC announces first round of renewals for 2019-20 season

CBC Media Center, March 26, 2019

As Canadian Screen Week kicks off and CBC celebrates 236 nominations at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, the national public broadcaster is confirming an initial round of original scripted and unscripted renewals for the upcoming 2019-20 season on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service. To date, 17 titles across drama, comedy, factual, arts and documentary programming have been confirmed to return, with additional renewals across all genres and content areas to be announced later this spring.

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Hot Picks: Coroner

Broadcast, April 5, 2019

Procedural police dramas involving coroners or pathologists are no rarity on the drama market, but they are predominantly fronted by thick-skinned, impregnable individuals, often male, whose personas are of unflappable confidence. CBC’s drama bucks several trends from the outset. The drama follows Dr Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a new coroner investigating inexplicable deaths in Toronto.

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Keeping Faith writer tries to ‘break the taboo around mental health’

Press Association (PA), February 6, 2019

...The writer, 51, is also behind the Jenny Cooper novels which have been adapted into a television series called Coroner for Canadian channel CBC. Cooper, who is played by Canadian actress Serinda Swan, is a coroner who has an affinity with the dead but suffers from severe panic attacks. Hall, whose pen name is MR Hall, said he had drawn on his own experience of mental health issues to create Cooper.

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Women Behind Canadian TV: Nathalie Younglai

The TV Junkies, February 11, 2019

It’s easy to tell people to go out and make diverse content, but real change won’t happen until more and more diverse people are actually hired in meaningful positions behind the scenes. That’s something writer Nathalie Younglai has realized after working in the TV industry on various shows such as Coroner and Bellevue...

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Coroner: Noelle Carbonne and Sean Reycraft talk "All's Well"

The TV Junkies, February 4, 2019

It’s been clear from the start that Coroner is a series about Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan). Yes, there may be cases to solve and murderers to be caught, but at its core, the CBC drama is about one woman’s journey. This fact was abundantly clear as Jenny and her family gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday on this week’s episode, “All’s Well,” written by Noelle Carbone and directed by Winnifred Jong. She hosted a group of people that included her dad (Nicholas Campbell) and mother-in-law (Arsinee Khanjian), but took quite a turn after a plumbing issue caused her work life and personal life to collide in the worst possible way.

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Coroner: Seneca Aaron and Wendy “Motion” Brathwaite Talk “Confetti Heart”

The TV Junkies, February 11, 2019

Itʼs never an easy feat to tackle a timely and charged topic, but thatʼs exactly what Coroner did in this weekʼs episode. The story behind Jennyʼs (Serinda Swan) first inquest is sure to spark many conversations among viewers, and thatʼs exactly what the team behind the CBC drama series wanted. In “Confetti Heart,” written by Seneca Aaron and directed by Sherren Lee, Jennyʼs first inquest looks into a police shooting that also causes Detective McAvoy (Roger Cross) to examine his ties to both the community and the police force. The episode also features a powerful guest starring turn from Jully Black.

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Coroner: Serinda Swan reveals 5 secrets from the set of the dark drama

BT TV, February 4, 2019

Inspired by M.R. Hallʼs Jenny Cooper novels, Universal TVʼs new drama series Coroner is a smart and original take on the TV procedural format. Serinda Swan (Ballers, Inhumans) stars as Jenny, a former ER doctor who becomes a coroner after the sudden death of her husband - which we see in the very first scene of episode 1. "We hit the ground running. We donʼt show her life beforehand in great detail and then have the big change or tragedy at the end of the first episode or halfway through the series. It strikes in the first 15 seconds of the show," Serinda told BT TV.

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CBCʼs “Coroner” becomes Highest-Rated Drama Series

Blouin Artinfo, February 7, 2019

CBC has recently announced that “Coroner,” co-produced by Muse, Back Alley, and Cineflix, has become the highest-rated drama series launch in four years. Numeris, the Canadian audience measurement organization, confirmed that “Coroner” reached two million in Canada and delivered an average minute audience of more than one million viewers for each episode on CBC. In the UK, “Coroner” premiered as Universal TVʼs highest-ever rated series launch.

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Roger Cross plays “a complicated man” on CBCʼs ‘Coronerʼ

eBoss Canada, January 15-19, 2019

“I think whatʼs great about the Jenny Cooper character is this is what Mac used to be when he came in: so gung-ho and do everything right, trying to save the world and solve the crime and get that bad guy no matter what..."

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Spotlight on Lovell Adams-Gray

eBoss Canada, January 15-19, 2019

"...We had always been passionate about acting, but didnʼt really know how to pursue it. So we decided to go through our school, put on plays and perform..."

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Coroner: Ehren Kassam on his beard, the butterfly stroke and working with Serinda Swan

TV, Eh?, February 1, 2019

A beard almost stood in the way of Ehren Kassam landing the role of Jenny Cooperʼs (Serinda Swan) son Ross on CBCʼs crime drama Coroner. You see, Kassam is 21, and Ross was originally supposed to be 16. “They were just a little skeptical about choosing me because I was a little bit older than the character they were going for,” says Kassam. “And they did want to cast it authentic.” But, despite his status as a legal adult, he was called in for a chemistry test with Swan and the results upended any reservations the showʼs producers may have had.

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Morwyn Brebner and Adrienne Mitchell talk CBC's Coroner

The Televixen, January 13, 2019

Great news for Canadian TV! Coroner came out of the gate strong with its premiere on CBC last Monday night... I spoke with series creators and executive producers Adrienne Mitchell and Morwyn Brebner Friday about Coroner. In the first part of our chat, we talk about adapting M. R. Hall‘s books for television.

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Coroner: Showrunner Morwyn Brebner and director Adrienne Mitchell on bringing “real” Jenny Cooper to TV

TV Eh?, January 18, 2019

There’s something a little different about Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), the lead character of CBC’s new drama series, Coroner. Like most crime procedural protagonists, Cooper—the creation of British novelist M.R. Hall—is troubled and going through some tough times, most notably, the sudden death of her hard-gambling and secretly destitute husband.

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CBC’s Coroner cuts deep into mental illness

The Vancouver Courier, January 29, 2019

Jenny Cooper isnʼt a real person, but you wouldnʼt know it from the way Serinda Swan talks about her...
...The Vancouver-born actress portrays Dr. Jenny Cooper on Coroner, the CBCʼs Toronto-shot crime procedural based on the series of books by British novelist Matthew Hall. Coroner — which premiered earlier this month —follows the personal and professional exploits of Dr. Cooper in the aftermath of her husbandʼs unexpected death.

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Coroner “Scattered” Preview + Morwyn Brebner and Adrienne Mitchell Interview

The Televixen, January 20, 2019

On Monday’s new Coroner, Jenny and Mac take on a case that’s much more than it initially seems after the discovery of a dismembered victim.

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Coroner “Quick or Dead” Preview + Morwyn Brebner and Adrienne Mitchell Talk Casting

The Televixen, January 27, 2019

Monday night on Coroner, in the finale of a two-part arc, Jenny is pushed to the breaking point over the course of a very long day.

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Coroner Puts a Priority on Highlighting Diverse Voices On and Off Screen

The TV Junkies, January 28, 2019

Toronto is one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the world, and yet, many of the television series set there over the years have not accurately reflected that fact on screen. The creative forces behind CBC’s newest drama series Coroner, airing Mondays at 9 p.m., were going to be sure that the Toronto they know and love, the one that is culturally diverse, was accurately reflected on and off screen.

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Coroner: Morwyn Brebner and Adrienne Mitchell Talk “Quick or Dead”

The TV Junkies, January 28, 2019

Every week of Coroner just keeps building and growing the world of Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), pulling viewers in deeper and deeper into the stories and characters along the way. This week’s episode of the CBC drama, “Quick or Dead,” written by Wendy MOTION Brathwaite and Morwyn Brebner and directed by Adrienne Mitchell, was no different.

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Coroner: Serinda Swan on destigmatizing Jenny’s anxiety and what’s coming in the second half of the season

TV EH, January 25, 2019

There is a moment in the next episode of Coroner where Jenny Cooper, played by Serinda Swan, suffers a panic attack while working a crime scene. She ducks into an alleyway and tries to talk herself down, all the while struggling to breathe. From first constricted intake of breath to last grounding exhale, the scene takes up nearly two minutes of air time—time that many other crime procedurals would dedicate to dead bodies and case solving.

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Coroner: Morwyn Brebner and Adrienne Mitchell Talk “Bunny”

The TV Junkies, January 14, 2019

In the end, it seems that secrets always come out. No matter how hard you try to hide them. That was certainly the case on this week’s episode of CBC’s Coroner, as Jenny’s (Serinda Swan) son Ross (Ehren Kassam) learned the truth about the debt his father left behind when died.

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Coroner is CBC's most-watched drama premiere in four years

Playback, January 25, 2019

Among the CBC’s other new shows, original drama Coroner (Muse Entertainment/Back Alley Films/Cineflix Studios) garnered the largest AMA and reach on its premiere. The procedural debuted on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. to an average audience of 1,051,000, making it CBC’s most-watched drama premiere in four years. In total, the show’s first episode reached an audience of over 2 million Canadians.

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Coroner Stars Serinda Swan and Roger Cross Discuss Their New Series

The Televixen, January 7, 2019

Coroner, a new CBC crime thriller, kicks off its eight-episode debut season tonight. We had a chance to sit down with series stars Serinda Swan (Dr. Jenny Cooper) and Roger Cross (Det. Donovan “Mac” McAvoy) in Toronto to discuss their roles and what really set this show apart from other projects theyʼve worked on.

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Coronerʼs Serinda Swan on the Importance of Portraying Jennyʼs Struggles On Screen

The TV Junkies, January 14, 2019

Jenny Cooper is a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life, and keep it together enough to move on in her job as Torontoʼs new coroner. And really, who among us canʼt relate to that? Arenʼt we all just constantly trying to keep it together and make it through the day? For Jenny, itʼs proving to be much harder than anticipated though, especially since she recently discovered that her husband left behind all kinds of money issues for her to deal with. In last weekʼs premiere episode of Coroner, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC, Jenny could be seen dealing with those issues, as well as her problems with anxiety, as she listened to self help tapes and took a prescribed medication. By showing this side to Jenny, as well as her ongoing sessions with a therapist, Coroner is depicting a struggle faced by many, and in the process helping to end the stigma around mental health.

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Serinda Swan on her CBC series Coroner and why Canadian actors in L.A. should come home

TV, Eh?, January 4, 2019

...Now Swan is back in Toronto, on the other side of the law in CBCʼs new drama Coroner. Debuting on Monday at 9 p.m., the drama—based loosely on the books by M.R. Hall—stars Swan as Dr. Jenny Cooper, a recently widowed new coroner who investigates suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto. Created by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope) and produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios, Coroner features Roger Cross as homicide detective Donovan McAvoy; Lovell Adams-Gray as pathologist Dr. Dwayne Allen; Tamara Podemski as Alison Trent, Jennyʼs assistant; Kiley May as River Baitz, Dr. Allenʼs assistant; and Ehren Kassam as Ross, Jennyʼs son. I chatted with Swan and Cross during CBCʼs winter media day in November.

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Tournage en anglais pour Éric Bruneau

Les auteurs de Coroner ont étoffé le personnage du comédien québécois
Le Journal de Montréal, January 6, 2019

Au départ, Éric Bruneau pensait avoir huit jours de tournage pour Coroner, la nouvelle série médico-policière de CBC. Finalement, ce nombre a triplé tellement son personnage a gagné en importance.

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Vancouver's Serinda Swan gets real in new CBC drama Coroner

Vancouver Sun, January 7, 2019

Swan felt Cooper, the lead in the new CBC drama Coroner, had an internal life that was also ripe for dissection. “I really want to keep her as human as possible. I donʼt want her to be a coroner that happens to be a person. I wanted her to be a person who happens to be a coroner,” Swan said she told Coroner execuitve producer and director Adrienne Mitchell and showrunner/creator Morwyn Brebner when they were discussing the role.

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Speaking for the dead

Drama Quarterly, January 7, 2019

Morwyn Brebner, showrunner of CBC series Coroner, tells DQ about making the Canadian drama – from adapting Matthew Hallʼs series of novels and casting Serinda Swan in the lead role to the collaborative nature of making television.

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The Long & Short of a Career

Toronto Star - Sunday, December 16, 2018

Cuting her hair changed the kinds of roles Serinda Swan took on, including CBC's new drama Coroner.

Serinda Swan could likely write a graduate thesis on the cultural wight that society puts on hair. After all, when th eVancouver native chopped off her signature flowing locks she inadvertently started a social experiment that changed the trajectory of her career.

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Serinda Swan To Star In CBC Drama Series ‘Coroner’

Deadline Hollywood, June20, 2018

Former Inhumans star Serinda Swan has been tapped to star in CBC’s upcoming drama series Coroner, created by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope).

Inspired by M.R. Hall’s best-selling book series, Coroner centers on a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto. Production will begin in late summer 2018 in and around Toronto with the series set to premiere on CBC in winter 2019.

Swan will play the title role of Jenny Cooper, a brave, determined yet vulnerable coroner driven by an intense desire for the truth. A former ER doctor and recently widowed mother, the passing of her beloved husband has unlocked a primal connection to death, tied to a secret in her past that is only now coming to the surface. She loves her son more than life itself and strives to support him while also trying to take care of herself.

Coroner is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films. Swan most recently starred as Medusa in Marvel’s Inhumans and also as Anne Bancroft in Ryan Murphy’s Feud. She’s repped by APA, Elevate Entertainment, Performers Management in Canada, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

Street Legal, Coroner Jenny Cooper series join CBC-TV's 2018-19 slate

Public broadcaster unveils 17 new, 36 returning productions including: Coroner (winter 2019): an hourlong procedural series based on former barrister-turned-acclaimed crime writer M.R. Hall's bestselling Jenny Cooper novels, about a former ER doctor newly appointed as a coroner investigating suspicious deaths.

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