The CW to Partner with Reel World Management, Bell Media’s CTV and Fremantle for Season Two of Hit Drama
Season One of The CW Original Series Starring Chad Michael Murray, Scott Patterson and Morgan Kohan Premieres Wednesdays This Fall
June 8, 2023 (Burbank, CA) — The CW Network has handed an early season two renewal to the original drama series SULLIVAN’S CROSSING, it was announced today by Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment, The CW Network. Based on the books by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr, SULLIVAN’S CROSSING stars Morgan Kohan (“Transplant,” “Batwoman”), Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”) and Scott Patterson (“Gilmore Girls”) and makes its debut on The CW Wednesdays this fall. The CW will partner alongside Reel World Management, Bell Media’s CTV and Fremantle for production on season two, which will commence later this year.
“We can’t wait to bring SULLIVAN’S CROSSING to our viewers this fall, and we are so confident that audiences are going to fall in love with it that we have committed early to a second season,” commented Schwartz. “As partners for season two, we cannot wait to work alongside this talented cast and excellent creative team to deliver another emotionally captivating season. Audiences can give their hearts to this show knowing that it is coming back for much, much more.”
The news follows the breakout success of the first season earlier this year on CTV when the series became the highest-rated Canadian drama launch in over two years. SULLIVAN’S CROSSING was also ranked as the highest-rated Canadian drama launch on CTV in more than three years. The series consistently ranked as the #1 show in its time slot across key demographics and performed 51% higher than CTV’s prime time average for total viewers.
SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is a series about healing, letting go and ultimately opening yourself up to a world of new opportunities. When Maggie Sullivan’s (Kohan) life is thrown into turmoil, she is forced to leave her career in Boston, along with her boyfriend, Andrew (Allan Hawco), to take refuge in Sullivan’s Crossing, the campground run by her estranged father, Sully Sullivan (Patterson). There, she must navigate her complicated present, while confronting her painful past. When she meets Cal Jones (Murray), the mysterious stranger who is helping her father, the two hit it off like oil and vinegar. Eventually Cal starts to grow on Maggie which only complicates things further as she must choose between a life in Boston and one in Sullivan’s Crossing.
Rounding out the SULLIVAN’S CROSSING cast are actor, singer and a Companion of the Order of Canada, Tom Jackson (“Cardinal”) as Frank Cranebear; actor, singer, songwriter, Andrea Menard (“The Velvet Devil”) as Edna Cranebear; Lindura (“Ghosts”) as Sydney Shandon; Amalia Williamson (“Northern Rescue”) as Lola Gunderson; Reid Price (“The Sinner”) as Rob Shandon; Allan Hawco (“Jack Ryan”) as Andrew Mathews; Lynda Boyd (“Virgin River”) as Phoebe Lancaster; Peter Outerbridge (“Designated Survivor”) as Walter Lancaster; and Lauren Hammersley (“Virgin River”) as Connie Boyle.
From executive producers Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry, the team behind the hit series “Virgin River,” SULLIVAN’S CROSSING season two is executive produced by Reel World Management in association with CTV, Fremantle and The CW with Roth acting as showrunner and Ann Bernier and Mark Gingras producing. For Fremantle, Michela Di Mondo and Hilary Martin are executive producing. SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is distributed internationally by Fremantle.
About The CW Network
The CW Network, LLC is one of America’s major broadcast networks and reaches 100% of US television households. The CW delivers 14 hours of primetime programming per week in addition to sports and other entertainment programming and is the exclusive broadcast home to LIV Golf. The fully ad-supported CW App, with over 96 million downloads to date, is available for free to consumers on all major platforms and is home to the latest episodes and seasons of The CW’s primetime programming, live streaming of its sports content, and a library of entertaining film and television content for on-demand viewing. The CW is 75%-owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST), a leading diversified media company and largest CW affiliate group with 37 CW and CW Plus affiliates, covering 32% of the population. For more information about The CW, please visit www.cwtv.com.
Fremantle is one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of Entertainment, Drama & Film and Documentaries.
Operating in 27 territories we are a proudly independent group of content creators. We produce and deliver high-quality multi-genre IP including some of the biggest entertainment formats, most watched international dramas, award winning films and hard-hitting documentaries, amplifying local stories on a global scale.
From Idols to The Mosquito Coast, The Price is Right to The Hand of God, The Farmer Wants A Wife to Arctic Drift, Family Feud to My Brilliant Friend and Bones & All to Planet Sex our focus is simple – we create and deliver irresistible entertainment.
We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment with more than 470 million fans across 2,000 social channels and over 34 billion views per year across all platforms.
Fremantle is part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.
About Reel World Management
L.A. and Canadian based, Reel World Management, along with its President, Roma Roth and COO, Christopher E. Perry, distribute and produce quality content for film and television. Their extensive credits include producing and distributing over 75 made for TV movies, as well as developing and Executive Producing the hit Netflix Original series, VIRGIN RIVER, which took the #1 position on Netflix in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K and has maintained its position as one of Netflix’s top 10 shows for the past four seasons. RWM specializes in collaborating with bestselling authors to adapt their IP for the screen. Roth and Perry jointly oversee production and distribution for the company. Roth is also an established screenwriter and director and is a member of the WGA, WGC, DGC, Canadian Media Producers Association as well as the Producers Guild of America, and the Television Academy. For more information, please visit MyReelWorld.com.
About Bell Media Original Programming
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 #1 Canadian drama TRANSPLANT; record-breaking Canadian format THE AMAZING RACE CANADA; comedy series CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING; new dramas THE SPENCER SISTERS and SULLIVAN’S CROSSING; competition series CROSS COUNTRY CAKE OFF; and the unscripted dating series FARMING FOR LOVE. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are CTV Life Channel’s culinary series MARY MAKES IT EASY with Mary Berg, and food, travel, and adventure series EVOLVING VEGAN; CTV Comedy Channel’s ROAST BATTLE CANADA and the scripted series ACTING GOOD. Crave Originals include hit series LETTERKENNY and its official spinoff series SHORESY, CANADA’S DRAG RACE, and WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE (EVEN JAY BARUCHEL), and LITTLE BIRD; docuseries DARK SIDE OF THE RING; and acclaimed documentaries including KINGS OF COKE. Discovery is home to Bell Media’s hit factual series and franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, EAST HARBOUR HEROES, and Animal Planet’s PETS & PICKERS. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.
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