Thursday, October 12, 2023

The CW Acquires Canadian Dramas 'Wild Cards' and 'Sight Unseen'

The CW has today acquired the stateside rights to the original Canadian drama series Wild Cards and Sight Unseen. Both shows will debut on the broadcast network in 2024.

Wild Cards is a crime-solving procedural with a comedic twist that follows the unlikely duo of a gruff, sardonic cop and a spirited, clever con woman. Ellis, a demoted detective, has unfortunately spent the last year on the maritime unit, while Max has been living a transient life elaborately scamming everyone she meets. But when Max gets arrested and ends up helping Ellis solve a local crime, the two are offered the opportunity to redeem themselves, with Ellis going back to detective and Max staying out of jail. The catch? They have to work together, with each using their unique skills to solve crimes. For Ellis, that means hard-boiled shoe leather police work; for Max, it means accents, schemes and generally befriending everyone in sight, while driving Ellis absolutely nuts. The two will have to learn what it means to trust another person and maybe actually become partners.

The drama stars Giacomo Gianniotti and Vanessa Morgan.

Michael Konyves created the drama. He executive produces with Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan, Alexandra Zarowny, James Thorpe, Noelle Carbone, Morwyn Brebner and director James Genn. Piller/Segan, Blink49 Studios and Front Street Pictures produce in association with CBC in Canada.

Sight Unseen follows Tess Avery, a top homicide detective who is forced to quit the job she loves after nearly killing her partner and being diagnosed as clinically blind. Reluctant to accept help, Tess uses an assistance app and connects with Sunny Patel, a professional seeing-eye guide and an agoraphobe living 3,000 miles away. After losing her vision, Tess is haunted by the unsolved cases she left behind. Using a hidden camera and earpiece, Sunny remotely steers Tess through life's obstacles - and crimes - as the two challenge preconceptions about ability, trust and where to draw the line.

The drama stars Dolly Lewis, Agam Darshi, Jarod Joseph, Daniel Gillies, Alice Christina-Corrigan and Tony Giroux.

Karen and Nikolijne Troubetzkoy created the drama. They executive produce with John Morayniss, Carolyn Newman, Virginia Rankin, Charles Cooper, Derek Schreyer and director John Fawcett. Ryan Knighton serves as a co-executive producer. Sisters Troubetzkoy Productions, Blink49 Studios and Front Street Pictures produce in association with CTV in Canada.

"Wild Cards and Sight Unseen are two unique, binge-worthy shows that reflect The CW's commitment to compelling, top-tier storytelling that will appeal to our loyal fans and attract a wide range of new viewers," said Liz Wise Lyall, Head of Scripted Programming, The CW. "We are thrilled to collaborate with our partners at Blink49 Studios, Front Street Pictures, Piller/Segan and Sisters Troubetzkoy Productions to bring these dynamic series to life and highlight just how expansive The CW brand can be."