Shoot the Messenger (TV series)

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Shoot the Messenger
Created bySudz Sutherland
Jennifer Holness
StarringElyse Levesque
Lyriq Bent
Alex Kingston
Lucas Bryant
Opening theme"Truth" by Jully Black
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes8
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Hungry Eyes Film and Television
Original networkCBC Television
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 10 (2016-10-10) –
December 5, 2016

Shoot the Messenger is a Canadian political and crime drama television series that aired on CBC Television from October 10, 2016 to December 5, 2016.[1] The series was not renewed for a second season.[2]

Produced by Hungry Eyes Film and Television,[3] the series stars Elyse Levesque as Daisy Channing, a young Toronto journalist who witnesses an apparent gang-related murder and is drawn into a criminal underworld with ties to the city's political and business elite.[4] The series also stars Alex Kingston as her editor Mary Fowler, Lucas Bryant as her coworker Simon Olendski, and Lyriq Bent as police homicide detective Frank Lutz.[3] Supporting cast members include Hannah Anderson, Ari Cohen, Edie Inksetter, Al Sapienza and Nicholas Campbell, as well as guest appearances by Ed Robertson, Jamaal Magloire and Rick Fox.[5]

Producer and creator Sudz Sutherland acknowledged that the series was indirectly inspired by the Rob Ford video scandal of 2013, but stated that the series is not meant to be interpreted as being about Ford in any literal way.[4]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
1"Beginner's Luck"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandOctober 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)N/A
2"There Will Be Blood"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandOctober 17, 2016 (2016-10-17)N/A
3"I Shall Be Released"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandOctober 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)N/A
4"Careful What You Pray For"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)N/A
5"Strange Bedfellows"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)N/A
6"News Travels Fast"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandNovember 21, 2016 (2016-11-21)N/A
7"Darkness Comes to Light"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandNovember 28, 2016 (2016-11-28)N/A
8"Full Circle"Sudz SutherlandJennifer Holness & Sudz SutherlandDecember 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)N/A


  1. ^ "CBC unveils fall-winter slate: Kim's Convenience, Steven Sabados returns, digital comedies". CBC News, May 26, 2016.
  2. ^ David, Greg (May 24, 2017). "CBC sets 2017-18 primetime schedule; plus new, returning and cancelled series". Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Up Next for the ‘Home Again’ Team? A Political Thriller Titled ‘Shoot the Messenger’". IndieWire, September 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "‘Shoot the Messenger’ not about Rob Ford, crime drama creators say". Global News, October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Shoot the Messenger gets underway in Toronto". Playback, September 3, 2015.

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