Supernatural drama Trickster has been cancelled by CBC after one season as a result of the fallout from the scandal around co-creator and director Michelle Latimer.
The show had originally been renewed for a second season before the news story around Michelle Latimer broke. CBC covers the story here and the fallout of that was the decision not to go ahead with season two.
Trickster is a supernatural thriller that follows an Indigenous teen named Jared who struggles to keep his family afloat when a stranger named Wade ruptures the balance. What begins as an unnerving slow burn of strange events in Jared’s already-messy life crescendos to an epic clash of magic, monsters and mayhem.
Check out the full statement from CBC below.
“We have had many conversations over the last few weeks with a view to continuing production on a second season of Trickster. Those conversations included producers, writers, actors, and the author of the books on which Trickster is based. Fully respecting everyone’s perspective, season two will not move forward as planned unfortunately.”
“CBC is extremely proud we were able to bring this compelling story to the screen and are grateful to the many talented individuals who made it possible. We are as committed as ever to telling other important Indigenous stories, of which there are many. In fact, CBC currently has eight such scripted projects in development and we look forward to sharing more details about what’s next in the coming months.”
The show is based on a novel by Eden Robinson who was consulted on the decision to end the show also released a statement:
“One of the best parts of 2020 was watching the young, Indigenous cast soar. The outpouring of support for the first season was magical. I’m deeply grateful that CBC and Sienna respect this situation. It gives me hope that future collaborations with Indigenous creatives can be done with care and integrity.”
Did you get to watch Trickster? It is also airing in the US on the CW Network.