Discovery Canada’s Original Scripted Series FRONTIER Renewed for Second Season in Advance of Season 1 Premiere; Jason Momoa Returns as Lead
— October 25, 2016
– New season to also feature returning stars Landon Liboiron, Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, Allan Hawco, Jessica Matten, and Shawn Doyle, and the return of famed director Brad Peyton –
– International filming locations include St. John’s, Nfld., Cape Breton, N.S., Cornwall, U.K., and Ottawa –
– World debut of FRONTIER Season 1 is November 6 on Discovery –
TORONTO (October 25, 2016) – Demonstrating unwavering confidence and commitment to its first-ever original scripted drama FRONTIER, Discovery Canada is proud to announce the renewal of the series for a second season. Production of Season 2, once again starring Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, Justice League), is currently underway in advance of the gritty new series’ world premiere on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery Canada.
Produced in association with Discovery by Take The Shot Productions, together with their partners at ASAP Entertainment, filming of FRONTIER’s six-episode second season is now underway in St. John’s, Nfld., Cape Breton, N.S., Cornwall, U.K., and Ottawa. Season 2 of the premium, beautifully vivid 4K UHD-produced drama is set to premiere in 2017 in Canada on Discovery. Both seasons will be streamed around the world via partner Netflix.
“As we started to see this cinematic, well-cast, and meticulously produced series come to life as we’d dared imagine for Season 1, we knew we’d created a uniquely immersive world and story that begged for expansion to a second season,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “Our decision to begin filming another six episodes before the series’ world premiere is a testament to our confidence in FRONTIER’s world-class storytelling.”
Returning with Momoa in Season 2’s star-studded international cast are Landon Liboiron (HEMLOCK GROVE, DEGRASSI), Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS, Braveheart),Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCHY), Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning), and Shawn Doyle (HOUSE OF CARDS, BIG LOVE). The cast will be guided once again by celebrated filmmaker Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Incarnate, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), who returns to direct the first episode of Season 2.
“We are thrilled to have the love and support of our partners, Bell Media and Netflix, in bringing Season 2 of FRONTIER to life,” said Executive Producers Jeff Fierson and Brad Peyton, ASAP Entertainment. “We are so proud of the work the incredible cast and crew put in to making Season 1 so special, and aim to make the second season just as strong.”
“It’s an amazing gift to be able to tell the stories of incredibly engaging characters in FRONTIER, all set against such a rich backdrop of Canadian history,” said John Vatcher, Executive Producer and Series Director, Take The Shot Productions.
Set against the stunning, rawness of 1700s Canada, FRONTIER is a thrilling action-filled series revolving around warring factions vying for control of the fur trade in a ruthless game of wealth and power. FRONTIER is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions together with their partners at ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster. Netflix is the international partner. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe, and Michael Levine are Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers.
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.
About ASAP Entertainment
ASAP Entertainment is the feature film and television production company founded by writer/director Brad Peyton and his producing partner Jeff Fierson. Peyton directed the Warner Bros. hit film San Andreas, which has earned more than $470 million at the worldwide box office and remains the top grossing wholly original live-action film of 2015. Upcoming features include New Line Cinema’s Rampage, based on the 1980s arcade game and starring Dwayne Johnson, which Peyton will direct and produce and Fierson will executive produce. Additionally, ASAP Entertainment has set-up Malignant Man at Fox, and an untitled high-concept action/adventure feature for Sony Pictures Entertainment, for Peyton to direct and executive produce, alongside Fierson. ASAP Entertainment continues its growth in the television space with FRONTIER and FIRST RESPONDERS, a procedural drama in development at NBC, executive produced in partnership with Vin Diesel and his One Race Films banner.
About Take The Shot Productions:
Established in 2009, St. John’s based Take The Shot produces a variety of scripted and unscripted projects for television. Past and current productions include the Gemini-nominated series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, now airing in over 100 countries; the hit factual series MAJUMDER MANOR; BOY ON BRIDGE featuring Great Big Sea’s front man Alan Doyle, HBO Canada’s SHAUN MAJUMDER, EVERY WORD IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE, and FRONTIER for Discovery Canada and Netflix in other markets.
About Discovery: With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network for reaching total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.