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Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth

  • Premiered: 
    January 10, 2018
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  • Network: CBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Bradley Simpson 
  • Subject Matter: Legal
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Plot Synopsis

BURDEN OF TRUTH is a one-hour serialised investigative drama series about life-altering legal cases. In Season 1, fast-rising corporate attorney Joanna Hanley returns to her small hometown of Millwood -- a prairie town with an industrial past and uncertain future -- to represent a major client in a case against some sick high school girls. She dispatches her case quickly and efficiently, crushing the girls and their small-town lawyer -- her former high school classmate Billy Crawford. After winning her case, she discovers the girls are sicker than anyone thought. Otherwise healthy young women have been overcome with uncontrollable twitches and seizures, making life unlivable. They need help. Joanna also realizes she may have unresolved personal business in town. Even though she's a successful partner in a big law firm, she can't ignore the feeling that something in her life is not right. She becomes convinced all the answers she's seeking about her broken life can be found in her old hometown. And if she's going to fix herself, she has to start where it all began -- with uncovering all of her family's deepest secrets. BURDEN OF TRUTH had its U.S. premiere on The CW on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT, just a few weeks after production began on Season 2 in Winnipeg.

The sophomore season of BURDEN OF TRUTH had its U.S. premiere on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on The CW. In Season 2, Joanna is working at a new law firm a year after her successful lawsuit against the steel mill in Millwood. Looking to start over, Joanna took up her mother's surname and settled in a new city hoping for a quieter life. However, when her boss assigns her to a case for a brilliant, young, internet hacktivist, Joanna is dragged into a dark world of secrets that will turn her life upside down. Meanwhile, with the steel mill closed, the residents of Millwood are struggling to make ends meet and Billy is doing all he can to stop the town's downward spiral. Luna and Molly adjust to living together.
The CW premiered "The Right Road," the Season 2 finale of BURDEN OF TRUTH on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT. As the murder trial begins, Joanna and Billy defend against an avalanche of evidence. With things not looking good, Joanna risks everything by putting an unexpected witness on the stand. Billy faces the heartbreaking reality of his decision to get Shane the help he needs.

Season 3 will premiere on The CW in 2020.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Ilana C. Frank Films (ICFF) (as ICF Films)
  • Produced by eOne Entertainment
  • Produced by Eagle Vision


  • - Millwood, Manitoba Canada