Diggstown (TV series)

Diggstown is a Canadian legal drama television series created by Floyd Kane.[1] The first Canadian drama series to feature a Black Canadian woman as its lead character,[2] the series stars Vinessa Antoine as Marcie Diggs, a lawyer who leaves her high-powered corporate job to work for a legal aid clinic in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, after her aunt commits suicide.[3][4]

Diggstown
GenreLegal drama
Created byFloyd Kane
Directed by
Starring
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Martinique Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia
Production company(s)
  • Circle Blue Entertainment
  • Freddie Films Inc
  • DHX Media
DistributorEntertainment One
Release
Original networkCBC
External links
Website

The first season premiered on CBC Television on March 6, 2019.[5] A second season was announced in May 2019, following the conclusion of the first season.[6][7][8]

On June 21, 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.[9]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16March 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)April 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)
26March 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)April 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)

Season 1 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
(millions)
11"Willy MacIsaac"Kelly Makin[3]Floyd KaneMarch 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)0.33[11]
Marcie struggles with her anger towards the pastor she blames for her aunt Rolanda's suicide (pastor banned her from her church and called her filth). Marcie represents a father charged with DUI. Pam represents a friend.
22"Renee Joy"Cory BowlesFloyd KaneMarch 13, 2019 (2019-03-13)0.29[12]
Marcie is representing Renee Joy, a girl strip-searched by police. But an activist lawyer, Percy Lincoln, pursues the matter as a human rights complaint, which could result in Renee not getting a much needed scholarship.
33"Taisir Ahmed"Lynne StopkewichAndrew Burrows-TrotmanMarch 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)0.29[13]

Taisir, one of Marcie's clients, is grabbed by secret police and being held with an accusation of terrorism (which will make him unavailable for upcoming appointment that he has to be at for getting his mother a visitor's visa). Marcie tries to find Taisir, but the authorities keep shuffling him around so his lawyer can't be present to represent him. Pam takes over case of one of Marcie's client who is in dispute with a slumlord and Pam works on getting client a new place to live.

Doug Paul is concerned his daughter is being taken advantage of by her 'mentor'.
44"Delroy Nelson"Kelly MakinEllen VanstoneMarch 27, 2019 (2019-03-27)0.27[14]
55"Nikki LeBlanc"Cory BowlesLynn CoadyApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)0.23[15]
66"Kim Bond"Lynne StopkewichFloyd KaneApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)0.16[15]

Season 2Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [16]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [16]Canada viewers
(millions)
71"Vince Hu"Kelly MakinFloyd Kane, Priscilla WhiteMarch 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)0.19[17]
A newly graduated RCMP patrolman is involved in a high-speed road traffic accident, where a mother of two dies at the scene. Marcie faces persecution from her neighborhood and friends when she tries to defend him. Some of his colleagues take matters into their own hands to bias the case, further hampering Marcie's work.
82"Cheryl Battiste"Cory BowlesLynn Coady, Priscilla WhiteMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)N/A
A young Miꞌkmaq woman stands accused of murdering a white teen after she and her friend are racially and physically attacked by the teen and his companion.
93"Willy MacIsaac Redux"Cory BowlesFloyd Kane, Priscilla WhiteMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)0.14[18]
104"Tanya Ivanova"Sharon LewisEllen VanstoneMarch 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)N/A
115"Vi Bayley"Lynne StopkewichLisa Codrington, Priscilla WhiteApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)N/A
126"Dani Ewing"TBAPriscilla WhiteApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)N/A

ReceptionEdit

The series has received positive reviews. The Globe and Mail called the series "a charming, no-glitz legal drama".[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i David, Greg (21 August 2018). "ADDITIONAL CASTING CONFIRMED FOR NEW CBC ORIGINAL LEGAL AID DRAMA DIGGSTOWN AS PRODUCTION BEGINS". TV, Eh?. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Diggstown's Vinessa Antoine is the face of change as first Black woman to star in prime-time TV drama". Toronto Star, March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Haley (1 October 2018). "Halifax legal drama bringing Black stories to life in our own backyard". StarMetro Halifax. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ Wong, Tony (2 June 2018). "In casting a new crime show, CBC is looking for Canada's Kerry Washington". Toronto Star. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ Greg, David (1 November 2018). "CBC ANNOUNCES WINTER 2019 PREMIERE DATES FOR HEARTLAND, SCHITT'S CREEK, WORKIN' MOMS, KIM'S CONVENIENCE AND MORE". TV, Eh?. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ CBC, Diggstown on (2019-05-29). "It's official! #DiggstownCBC will be back for SEASON 2 on @CBC in 2020! Stream full episodes of season 1 right now on #CBCGem! #Season2 #CBCUpfront @CBCTelevisionpic.twitter.com/pA2UpvDjWA". @DiggstownCBC. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  7. ^ "Season 2 Premiere of Diggstown is Slated for Winter 2020". premieredate.news. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  8. ^ Eades, Chris (2019-05-30). "Vinessa Antoine's Primetime Series Renewed for Season Two". ABC Soaps In Depth. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  9. ^ "CBC Renews Original Legal Dramas "Burden of Truth" and "Diggstown"". The Futon Critic. July 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Diggstown (TV Series 2019– ) - Full Cast & Crew at IMDb. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Brioux, Bill (March 8, 2019). "NUMBERS IN CANADA: Strong start for Big Brother; Diggstown under the Legal limit". Brioux.tv. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
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  13. ^ Brioux, Bill (March 21, 2019). "NUMBERS: Good start for Jann". Brioux.tv. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Brioux, Bill (March 29, 2019). "FRIDAY NOTES: Canadian viewers turning into bankers". Brioux.tv. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Brioux, Bill (April 5, 2019). "NUMBERS IN CANADA: Jann slips in overnights". Brioux.tv. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Diggstown - Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  17. ^ Brioux, Bill (March 5, 2020). "The tribe has spoken with Survivor still a top draw in Canada". Brioux.tv. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  18. ^ Brioux, Bill (March 22, 2020). "News numbers, Survivor and Grey's big winners in Wednesday, Thursday overnights". Brioux.tv. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  19. ^ "CBC's Diggstown is a charming, no-glitz legal drama". The Globe and Mail. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.