Fremantle, Reel World Management, and commissioning broadcaster CTV have today announced that hit drama Sullivan’s Crossing will return for a second season, with The CW coming on board for the new series. Production on season two will commence this year in Canada’s stunning Nova Scotia, and we will handle global distribution.
The news follows the breakout success of the first season earlier this year on CTV, when the series became the highest-rated Canadian drama launch in over two years*. Sullivan’s Crossing was also ranked as the highest-rated Canadian drama launch on CTV in more than three years**, and consistently ranked as the number one series in its time slot across key demographics. Sullivan’s Crossing season one will launch on The CW this autumn to much anticipation from US audiences.
Roma Roth, Executive Producer and Showrunner, said: “I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive team of executives and talented actors to help me accomplish my goal of creating a hit show, shot and set in Canada.”
Jens Richter, CEO Commercial & International, Fremantle, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the positive response to Sullivan’s Crossing and look forward to seeing the series grow from strength to strength. The valued partnership we have with Reel World Management and CTV coupled with the talent of Robyn Carr, Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry has delivered a series that touches the heart of viewers, and we look forward to bringing the next season to audiences around the world.”
Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media, said: “Our viewers truly embraced the debut season of Sullivan’s Crossing on CTV, making it the most-watched new Canadian drama, and it was wonderful to see such a strong response to the series. We are excited to head back to Nova Scotia with our partners at Reel World Management and Fremantle to bring audiences more Sullivan’s Crossing.”
Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment, The CW Network, said: “We can’t wait to bring Sullivan’s Crossing to our viewers this fall, and we are so confident that audiences are going to fall in love with it that we have committed early to a second season. As partners for season two, we cannot wait to work alongside this talented cast and excellent creative team to deliver another emotionally captivating season. Audiences can give their hearts to this show knowing that it is coming back for much, much more.”
Based on books by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr, Sullivan’s Crossing stars Morgan Kohan (Transplant, Batwoman) alongside Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls).
Shot against the idyllic and visually arresting backdrop of Nova Scotia, Sullivan’s Crossing is a series about healing, letting go, and ultimately opening yourself up to a world of new opportunities.
Season one saw Maggie Sullivan’s (Morgan Kohan) life thrown into turmoil when she was forced to leave her career in Boston, along with her boyfriend, Andrew (Allan Hawco), to take refuge in Sullivan’s Crossing, the Nova Scotia campground run by her estranged father, Sully Sullivan (Scott Patterson). There, she tried to navigate her complicated present, and painful past while dealing with her on again off again feelings for Cal Jones (Chad Michael Murray), the mysterious stranger helping her father. All this while struggling to choose between a life in Boston and Sullivan’s Crossing.
Rounding out the Sullivan’s Crossing cast are actor, singer, and a Companion of the Order of Canada, Tom Jackson (Cardinal) as Frank Cranebear; actor, singer, songwriter, Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil) as Edna Cranebear; Lindura (Ghosts) as Sydney Shandon; Amalia Williamson (Northern Rescue) as Lola Gunderson; Reid Price (The Sinner) as Rob Shandon; Allan Hawco (Jack Ryan) as Andrew Mathews; Lynda Boyd (Virgin River) as Phoebe Lancaster; Peter Outerbridge (Designated Survivor) as Walter Lancaster; and Lauren Hammersley (Virgin River) as Connie Boyle.
From executive producers Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry, the team behind the hit series Virgin River, Sullivan’s Crossing season two is executive produced by Reel World Management in association with CTV, The CW and Fremantle, with Roth acting as showrunner, Ann Bernier and Mark Gingras producing, and with the participation of Canada Media Fund and the Bell Fund.
For Fremantle, Michela Di Mondo and Hilary Martin are executive producing. For Bell Media, Carolyn Wu is Development Executive; Rachel Goldstein-Couto is Head of Development, Original Programming; Sarah Fowlie is Head of Production, Original Programming; Carlyn Klebuc is General Manager, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. Karine Moses is Senior Vice-President, Content Development & News, Bell Media and Vice Chair, Québec, Bell.
Sullivan’s Crossing is distributed internationally by Fremantle.