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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.

Season 3 of BURDEN OF TRUTH has its U.S. premiere on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT on The CW. In the third season, Joanna and Billy are working together in their new boutique law firm, Crawford Chang, but they're discovering that living and litigating together has its challenges. On a cathartic trip back to Millwood for a class reunion, an old friend, Kodie, turns Joanna's life upside down when her children are removed by Millwood Family Services. Kodie believes she is the victim of a conspiracy and pleads for Joanna to help solve the case and bring her children back. To help her friend, Joanna must dig into the dark underbelly of Millwood to unearth evidence of a cluster of child apprehensions. Joanna will take on an impossible-to-win case that will force her to confront a long-buried secret from her childhood that may threaten her relationship and partnership with Billy. After this case, nothing will be the same again.
On Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT, The CW premiered "Shelter from the Storm," the Season 3 finale of BURDEN OF TRUTH. With the trial against ClearDawn labs fast approaching, Joanna and Billy are busy preparing their witnesses and finalizing the evidence. With time running out, Joanna works desperately to save Kodie's children from a lasting childhood trauma, when the memory of her own trauma leads her to a big breakthrough at trial.


Production & Distribution

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


  • - Millwood, Manitoba Canada