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The CW Amplifies 2024 Lineup with Canadian Shows “Wild Cards” and “Sight Unseen”

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The CW is gearing up to introduce two captivating Canadian series to its 2024 lineup: “Wild Cards” and “Sight Unseen,” each weaving its own unique and compelling story.

“Wild Cards” unfolds a story where crime-solving meets comedy, spotlighting an unconventional team: Ellis, a detective with a gruff exterior and a sardonic wit, and Max, a con woman with a clever mind and a transient lifestyle. Portrayed by Giacomo Gianniotti and Vanessa Morgan respectively, the duo crosses paths when Max assists Ellis in cracking a case during her arrest. This unexpected alliance offers them a redemption path, with Ellis reclaiming his detective position and Max avoiding incarceration, under one condition: they must continue to collaborate, leveraging their individual skills to untangle criminal mysteries.

In a different vein, “Sight Unseen” explores the life of Tess Avery, once a top-tier homicide detective, who is compelled to leave her career following a near-tragic incident and a clinical blindness diagnosis. Tess, played by Dolly Lewis, connects with Sunny Patel, an agoraphobic professional seeing-eye guide, portrayed by Agam Darshi, through an assistance app. Tess, now navigating life without her vision and haunted by her unsolved cases, and Sunny, assisting Tess remotely via a hidden camera and earpiece, traverse through life and unsolved crimes, challenging and redefining notions about ability and trust.

Behind the scenes, “Wild Cards” is brought to life by Blink49 Studios, Front Street Pictures, Piller/Segan, and commissioning broadcaster CBC. “Sight Unseen” is a collaborative production of Blink49 Studios and Front Street Pictures, alongside Sisters Troubetzkoy Productions and commissioning broadcaster Bell Media’s CTV. Both series, crafted under the guidelines of ACTRA and the WGC in Canada, were licensed in a deal brokered by Blink49 Studios, which also controls the distribution rights in the U.S. and Canada, while Fifth Season manages international distribution outside North America.

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Liz Wise Lyall, the CW’s Head of Scripted Programming, expressed, “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.” The collaboration with Blink49 Studios, Front Street Pictures, Piller/Segan, and Sisters Troubetzkoy Productions is anticipated to bring these dynamic series to life, showcasing the expansive and diverse nature of The CW brand.

With these additions, The CW is poised to deliver a blend of crime-solving, comedy, and personal drama to its audience in 2024, ensuring a year of varied and compelling storytelling.

Trevor Decker
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