The CW has announced its acquisition of the Canadian drama series Family Law from Entertainment One.
Jewel Staite (Stargate: Atlantis, Firefly) and Emmy® and Tony® nominee Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Alias) lead the cast of Family Law, which costars Zach Smadu (Cardinal, The Expanse) and Genelle Williams (Bitten, Warehouse 13).
The one-hour Canadian drama follows Abigail Bianchi (Staite), a lawyer and recovering alcoholic who is struggling to put her career and family back together after hitting rock bottom. As a condition of her probation, Abby is forced to work at Svensson and Associates, the law firm of her estranged father, Harry Svensson (Garber). Here Abigail practices family law for the first time, and begins to forge new relationships with a couple of people she’s never met until now: her half-brother, Daniel (Smadu), and half-sister, Lucy (Williams) — all while trying to maintain her sobriety. The result: a dysfunctional family law firm operating to help other families with their own dysfunctions.
The CW has steadily been growing its slate of scripted acquisitions, with Family Law joining the US broadcast network’s offerings of international TV fare, which includes the English-language Italian biopic-historical drama Leonardo, starring Aidan Turner; Australian comedy-drama Bump, starring Nathalie Morris; and action series Professionals, starring Tom Welling, Brendan Fraser, and Elena Anaya. Premiere dates for these series and Family Law will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the above titles, The CW will be bringing new seasons of Canadian investigative drama Coroner, New Zealand supernatural comedy series Wellington Paranormal, and English-language Italian thriller Devils to stateside viewers later this year.
A production of SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions for Corus Entertainment’s Global (Canada), the series is created, written, and executive produced by award-winning author and TV writer Susin Nielsen (Degrassi, Arctic Air). The series is executive produced by SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall (Heartland) and Tom Cox (Fortunate Son), and Lark’s Erin Haskett (Motive) and Andy Mikita (Stargate SG-1).
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