Coroner heads to The CW

The deal for the drama series starring Serinda Swan signals the show's U.S. debut.

Character-driven CBC original series Coroner (16 x 60 minutes) has been sold to The CW Network in the U.S.

The drama inspired by M.R. Hall’s book series is headed to The CW for broadcast and its free ad-supported streaming platforms – representing the show’s U.S. debut, according to a press release from the network. The deal was brokered APA’s Kyle Loftus on behalf of Cineflix Rights.

Produced by Montreal’s Muse Entertainment, Toronto’s Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios for CBC, Coroner follows Dr. Jenny Cooper (played by Ballers‘ Serinda Swan), a recently widowed and newly appointed coroner who investigates suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto.

“We are thrilled to be signing this deal with The CW Network. Coroner has proved a huge hit around the world and we’re confident U.S. viewers will take to Dr. Jenny Cooper with just as much enthusiasm as audiences elsewhere,” said Cineflix Media president Peter Emerson in a separate statement about the news.

Prior to its 2018/19 broadcast season debut on CBC, NBCUniversal International Networks picked up the drama to air in the U.K., Germany, Poland, France, Africa, Latin America, Brazil and Spain. Additionally, when the series did launch in Canada, it was the highest-rated drama series to launch on the pubcaster in more than four years. Coroner‘s premiere reached 2 million viewers in Canada, while the series premiered as Universal TV’s highest-ever rated series launch, according to previous information provided by CBC.

The Toronto-shot drama is executive produced by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope), Adrienne Mitchell (Bellevue), Jonas Prupas (Collision Course), Brett Burlock (Pure) and Peter Emerson (The Firm). In addition to Swan, Coroner stars Roger Cross (Arrow), Ehren Kassam (Degrassi: Next Class), Éric Bruneau (Trop), Lovell Adams-Gray (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Tamara Podemski (Run) and Kiley May (It: Chapter Two).

Coroner also joins fellow CBC series Burden of Truth on The CW’s slate. The legal drama from ICF Films, eOne and Eagle Vision for CBC was first acquired by the network in 2018.