NEW SERIES: CBC’s Dark Western STRANGE EMPIRE Expected To Start Filming June 11th in Aldergrove
Updated after CBC Upfront in late May.
The CBC goes dark and edgy with 1860s western Strange Empire set in Alberta-Montana border country and expected to start filming in [Aldergrove/Langley] on June 11th. From award-winning Durham County screenwriter Laurie Finstad this is not the usual family fare. Strange Empire is a thirteen-episode series about a ruthless bastard who kills most of the men in Canadian frontier town Janestown and forces a caravan of frightened women to replace the prostitutes he lost in a recent cholera epidemic. [Update: So this is a western where the heroes are women not men. With most of their men gone, the women must struggle to survive, find their independence and build a life to raise their families.]
[Starring Cara Gee as Kat Loving, Melissa Farman as Dr. Rebecca Bloom and Tattiawna Jones as Isabelle Slotter, this serialized drama] is executive-produced by Jeff Sagansky from indie producer Johnson Production Group, in association with Annuit Coeptis Entertainment.
The CBC cited budget cuts when it axed filmed-in-Vancouver-and-Yellowknife aerial adventure Arctic Air this spring after three seasons, but perhaps the public broadcaster wanted to make a shift to smaller, edgier cable-style dramas. [Strange Empire even took over Arctic Air’s Aldergrove-barn-turned-sound-stage, replacing the DC-3 fuselage and Bullock’s Bar set with western 1890s frontier town sets. Outside are horse and buggies ready to be used.]
Strange Empire airs Mondays at 9 p.m. this Fall on CBC.