CBC cancels Street Legal reboot after one season

The decision to end the legal drama comes ahead of today's season finale.
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CBC has cancelled the reboot of its hit 1987 legal drama, Street Legal.

Coproduced by Broken Clown Productions and IGP Productions, the six-episode, one-hour drama followed original cast member Cynthia Dale as lawyer Olivia Novak – catching up with her 25 years later as she starts over at a boutique law firm. The reboot also saw Eric Peterson and Anthony Sherwood reprise their roles as Leon Robinovitch and Dillon Beck, respectively. The cancellation comes ahead of the season finale on Monday (April 8).

“After thoughtful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to continue beyond six episodes,” said CBC’s Sally Catto, general manager, programming, in a statement. “While the series resonated with a smaller audience than we had hoped, the finale on Monday is a must-see for the show’s dedicated fan base.”

CBC first revealed it was in development on the reboot last April, later officially unveiling the show during its 2018/19 Upfront. Cameras rolled on the series in Toronto and Montreal in September 2018.

Tracking the personal and professional lives of a team of lawyers at a Toronto law firm, the first iteration of Street Legal aired from 1987 to 1994. A CBC in-house production, the series regularly attracted 1 million viewers per episode at the height of its popularity and previously held the title of longest-running Canadian one-hour drama in Canada television, until Heartland beat its run in 2014.

Bruce M. Smith, whose credits include Cracked and 19-2, served as showrunner on the reboot. He was also an exec producer on the series alongside Bernie Zukerman from IGP Productions. Producers on the drama include IGP’s Rayne Zukerman, Anne-Marie Léveillé and Dale.

“I will always be head-held-high proud of this show,” said star and producer Dale on Twitter. “I will always, always know in my gut that it was a really good show, and I will always, always, always hold the incredible joy we had when we filmed this deep in my heart.”

IGP Productions also said it was “heartbroken” about the news on the social media platform. “We will be there Monday night for the finale and we will be wearing some of Olivia’s spirit.”

In addition to Dale, Street Legal stars Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund and Yvonne Chapman.