CBC Cancels ‘Trickster’ Following Michelle Latimer Scandal


Canadian tv has suffered one other blow within the wake of the Michelle Latimer scandal. Following the revelation that the “Trickster” director and producer will not be of Aboriginal descent, as she beforehand claimed, public broadcaster CBC has determined to not transfer ahead with a second season of the collection.

“We have now had many conversations over the previous few weeks with a view to persevering with manufacturing on a second season of ‘Trickster.’ These conversations included producers, writers, actors and the writer of the books on which ‘Trickster’ is predicated,” CBC stated in a press release. “Totally respecting everybody’s perspective, season two is not going to transfer ahead as deliberate sadly.”

“Trickster,” a present primarily based on a collection of novels by Eden Robinson, had been renewed for a second season forward of its premiere final 12 months, and debuted in October in Canada to crucial acclaim due to its inclusion of the Indigenous neighborhood each in entrance of and behind the digital camera. The collection premiered on Jan. 12 on The CW right here within the U.S.

In response to CBC, the broadcaster stays dedicated to telling different “vital Indigenous tales” and it has eight different such scripted tasks in growth at time of press. “We look ahead to sharing extra particulars about what’s subsequent within the coming months,” it added.

Requested for touch upon the cancellation, Latimer informed Selection: “One of many best joys of my life was seeing the world of ‘Trickster’ realized on display screen. In December, I stepped down from my place within the hopes that the present would proceed. I used to be not concerned within the choice that was introduced at present and am unhappy to listen to that Season 2 has been cancelled. I’m extremely pleased with your entire group that labored so arduous to carry ‘Trickster’ to life and I’ll eternally be grateful to the forged and crew that poured their hearts and souls into its creation.”

Writer Robinson additionally addressed the present’s cancellation, which comes simply weeks forward of the discharge of the third novel in her trilogy, “Return of the Trickster,” on March 2.

“Probably the greatest elements of 2020 was watching the younger, Indigenous forged soar,” she stated. “The outpouring of assist for the primary season was magical. I’m deeply grateful that CBC and Sienna [Films] respect this example. It provides me hope that future collaborations with Indigenous creatives will be executed with care and integrity.”

The way forward for “Trickster” was first known as into query late final 12 months when an investigative piece on CBC Information revealed that Kitgan and Zibi members refute Latimer’s claims to be of “Algonquin, Métis and French heritage, from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (Maniwaki), Quebec.” Latimer’s claimed heritage had been an enormous a part of touchdown the ebook collection for TV growth. Whereas doing press for the collection in 2018 she revealed that she had written a private pitch letter to Robinson claiming the principle character’s journey “jogged my memory of the place I come from and in addition the place I had simply been.”

Latimer stepped down from the collection simply earlier than Christmas. “I don’t know how one can cope with the anger, disappointment and stress,” Robinson wrote in a Fb submit on the time. “As wretched as this second is, I’d reasonably know the reality.”

CBC’s choice to not transfer forward with “Trickster” comes after the Nationwide Movie Board determined to tug Latimer’s documentary “Inconvenient Indian” from Sundance and all different distribution.

“Over the approaching weeks and months, we’ll proceed to dialogue and have interaction with Indigenous communities to discover an accountable path ahead for the movie,” the NFB stated in a press release.


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