Borealis

9 p.m. – Friday, January 11 on Space

Set 30 years in the future, Vic (Ty Olsson, SUPERNATURAL), an ex-ultimate fighter, is the owner of the only airstrip, hotel, and bar in the high Arctic frontier town of Borealis. He does his best to keep the peace amongst a vast array of clashing characters in this lawless international free zone that sits on top of the world’s last remaining oil.

SPACE announced today that production is now underway on the pilot for a new, intensely thought-provoking and politically charged original drama series, BOREALIS.

Set in the Canadian Arctic, the two-hour pilot is shooting on location in Alberta, with principal photography expected to wrap in mid-November.

Also announced today is the stellar BOREALIS cast, including familiar faces from hit SPACE programming, such as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, EUREKA, SMALLVILLE and THE LISTENER.

BOREALIS, set approximately 30 years in the future, tells the story of a DEADWOOD-like frontier town situated in the high Arctic. The series explores the political, environmental and social impact of a world in which the polar icecaps have melted and countries are vying for the last vestiges of oil in the Arctic.

The ensemble cast features Ty Olsson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) as Vic, an ultimate fighter turned entrepreneur who now owns Borealis’s airstrip, hotel and bar, and does his best to keep the peace; Michelle Harrison (EUREKA) as Alison, a misanthropic environmental guerrilla blogger; Patrick Gallagher (TRUE BLOOD) as Taq, a techno-handy Inuit local trying to make the best of a bad situation; Christine Horne (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Svetlana, a mysterious and powerful international diplomat whose allegiance is unclear; Greyston Holt (DURHAM COUNTY) as Dan, a seemingly friendly post-doc from Berkley who may know more than he lets on; Cristina Rosato (LOST GIRL) as Bettina, the town’s only prostitute; Bryan Dick (BEING HUMAN) as Clive, a British rig worker whose shifting alliances get him into trouble; Mayko Nguyen (ROOKIE BLUE) as Hoshi, the Canadian Secretary of Northern Initiatives, who tries to keep Vic in line and maintain order from her post in Ottawa; Paulino Nunes (ALPHAS) as Anton, who is determined to lay claim to the Arctic lands and resources for the Russian empire, by any means necessary; and Karan Oberoi (THE LISTENER) as Ramindar, a Canadian Forces sergeant frustrated with his lack of power in the lawless international free zone.

BOREALIS was created by writers Andrew Wreggitt (MAYERTHORPE, DON CHERRY: THE SEQUEL) and Andrew Rai Berzins (Beowulf & Grendel, Chasing Cain). It is produced by Slanted Wheel Entertainment and SEVEN24 Films. Tom Cox (Burn Up, Wild Roses) and Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND, MAYERTHORPE) of SEVEN24 Films, and Jon Slan (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Wyatt Earp) of Slanted Wheel Entertainment are the executive producers. Rebecca DiPasquale is Production Executive for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media.

SPACE continues to reign supreme when it comes to original genre programming, announcing today the return of TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL for Season 2 and the order of a one-hour, sci-fi drama pilot, BOREALIS.

Principal photography on Season 2 of TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL is set to start this Spring in Winnipeg, while BOREALIS heads to Alberta in the Fall.

SPACE fans are passionate about their creative original programming, and we’re thrilled to continue to deliver,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL and BOREALIS are two more feathers in our cap.” 

Ending Season 1 with an epic cliff-hanger, Todd Smith and the gang return from the depths of hell for a second round of gore-a-fying adventures in the hallways of Crowley High. Following a book of awesome power that makes teenager’s deepest, darkest desires realized at horrifying cost, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL is a tip of the hat to 80s teen and horror flicks that is best described as Breakfast Club meets Evil Dead. 

TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL stars Alex House (DARK ORACLE) as pot-smokin’, heavy-metal-rock-god-wannabe Todd Smith; Maggie Castle (The Time Traveler’s Wife) as righteous babe Jenny Kolinsky; Bill Turnbull (BEING ERICA) as Todd’s best bud Curtis Weaver; Melanie Leishman (TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET) as big-brained Hannah B. Williams; Chris Leavins (SLINGS AND ARROWS) as Crowley High’s sub-par guidance counsellor Atticus Murphy Jr.; and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) as the foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed custodian, Jimmy the Janitor.

TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL is co-created by Craig David Wallace, Charles Picco and Anthony Leo. Executive Producers are Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen (Aircraft Pictures), Craig David Wallace (Corvid Pictures), and Jamie S. Brown (Frantic Films). Producers are Leo, Rosen and Shawn Watson (Frantic Films).

BOREALIS takes place in the not-so-distant future, high in the Canadian Arctic. The ice cap has melted, the Northwest Passage is open for business and amid competing sovereignty claims the UN has decided that the area is still under Canadian control, for now. In the midst of all this, Borealis is born. A tiny outpost built of shipping crates and portable trailers, Borealis is a lawless land where airships filled with natural gas float above, melting permafrost reveals history-changing artifacts and you’re never sure who you should trust. BOREALIS is Deadwood on the Beaufort; Mad Max meets Dirty Harry. 

The BOREALIS pilot brings writer Andrew Wreggitt (HEARTLAND, NORTH OF 60, THE BEACHCOMBERS) together with producers Tom Cox (HEARTLAND) and Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND) of Seven24 Films and Jon Slan of Slanted Wheel Entertainment.

TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL and BOREALIS are SPACE original productions. Rebecca DiPasquale is Manager of Development for SPACE.