Diggstown, Burden of Truth renewed at CBC

The Floyd Kane-created series will return to Halifax early next year to film its third season, while new episodes of Burden will shoot in Winnipeg later this summer.

Legal dramas Diggstown and Burden of Truth have earned renewals at CBC.

Diggstown, created by showrunner Floyd Kane, will return to Halifax early next year to film its third season (8 x 60 minutes), while cameras will start rolling on Burden of Truth‘s fourth season (8 x 60 minutes) in Winnipeg later this summer.

While CBC typically confirms all of its renewals during or ahead of its annual Upfront presentation, the pubcaster took a different approach this year as it delayed decisions on both Diggstown and Burden of Truth while it assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its 2020/21 production slate.

In an statement confirming the renewals, CBC’s general manager of entertainment, factual and sports, Sally Catto, said the dramas “look at the legal world through a distinct lens by highlighting systemic corruption, injustice and discrimination in the legal system, including anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism.”

It should also be noted that Diggstown‘s season-three renewal represents an expanded episode order. Its first two season ran for six episodes each.

Burden of Truth, produced by ICF Films, Eagle Vision and Entertainment One, stars Kristin Kreuk as a big-city lawyer who returns to her hometown for a case that alters her life. Executive producers Ilana Frank, Linda Pope, Adam Pettle, Jocelyn Hamilton, Brad Simpson, Eagle Vision’s Kyle Irving and Kreuk. Co-executive producers are Lisa Meeches of Eagle Vision and Tyson Caron. In the U.S., Burden of Truth airs on The CW.

Meanwhile, Diggstown, which stars Vinessa Antoine as a legal aid lawyer who fights to protect society’s most vulnerable people from an unpredictable justice system, is coproduced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films and Waterstar Entertainment. Amos Adetuyi, Karen Wentzell, Brenda Greenberg and Todd Berger serve as executive producers alongside Kane. The show, which is distributed internationally by eOne, was sold to U.S. streaming service BET+ earlier this year.