Coroner scores third season, sells to Channel 4

Season three, which is currently in pre-production, sees executive producer Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope) continue on in her role as showrunner.
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CBC original series Coroner is on a roll.

Hot off the heels of its recent CW Network pick up – CBC has renewed the drama inspired by M.R. Hall’s book series for a 10-part third season, while Cineflix Rights has sold the first two seasons of the character-driven show (16 x 60 minutes) to U.K. broadcaster Channel 4. The announcement also comes ahead of CBC’s Virtual Upfront presentation tomorrow (May 27).

Headed to Channel 4′s More4 channel, Cineflix Rights’ Sandra Piha, SVP, sales, pan-regional, U.K., Eire, and Scandinavia brokered the deal.

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

A CBC spokesperson confirmed to Playback Daily that for season three – which is currently in pre-production – creator, executive producer and showrunner Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope) will continue on as showrunner, while exec producer Adrienne Mitchell (Bellevue) will continue to serve as lead director. In addition to Brebner and Mitchell, executive producers on Coroner include Jonas Prupas (Collision Course), Brett Burlock (Pure) and Peter Emerson (Pure).

“The personal and professional journey of coroner Jenny Cooper continues to attract strong viewership in Canada and around the world, and we’re thrilled that new audiences in the U.K. and U.S. can now discover this series through Channel 4 and The CW Network,” said CBC general manager of entertainment, factual and sports Sally Catto in a statement. “After an emotional rollercoaster in season two, we can’t wait to see what the cast and creative team come up with next as they delve deeper into this complex storyworld.”

Made with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the Bell Fund and the IPF’s Cogeco Television Production Fund, Coroner previously earned the title of the highest-rated drama series premiere on CBC in more than four years – reaching two million viewers when it launched in winter 2019. As well, season one of the series premiered as Universal TV’s highest-ever rated debut series in the U.K. Season two of Coroner garnered a 2+ average minute audience of 822,000 and had an average reach of 1.7 million per episode, according to Numeris data provided by CBC. NBCUniversal International Networks holds the pay-TV rights to all three seasons of Coroner across multiple markets.

The drama also stars Roger Cross (Arrow), Lovell Adams-Gray (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Kiley May (It: Chapter Two), Tamara Podemski (Run), Ehren Kassam (Degrassi: Next Class) and Éric Bruneau (Trop).

Image of Coroner courtesy of CBC