Production is now underway on Netflix’s Northern Rescue.
A co-production with CBC, the family adventure series follows John West (William Baldwin), who uproots his three children from the big city to return to his home town to take command of the local Search & Rescue service after the death of his wife. As the family comes to terms with their loss, the series explores the effects on their individual lives. The children’s Aunt Charlotte (Kathleen Robertson), struggles to help John and his children heal as she copes with the loss of her sister and her desire to have a family of her own. Along the way, John faces many situations that challenge him professionally and personally. As the family members work on rebuilding their lives, they will come to meet many colourful characters living in their northern community.
The series is by Mark Bacci (Between, Real Detectives), David Cormican (Tokyo Trial, Between) and Dwayne Hill (Peg + Cat, Billable Hours). With filming starting in and around Parry Sound, Ontario, the snow has added a number of new faces to its cast. Joining Baldwin’s John are Amalia Williamson (Level 16) as Maddie West, John’s 16-year-old daughter; Spencer MacPherson (DeGrassi: Next Class) as Scout West, John’s 14-year-old son; and Taylor Thorne (Odd Squad) as Taylor West, John’s 10-year-old daughter. Also joining the cast are Michelle Nolden (Saving Hope) as Sarah West, John’s wife, Michael Xavier (Bitten) as Paul Simmons, a volunteer member of the SAR team; and Peter MacNeill (Call Me Fitz) as Harry, John’s retired SAR commander.
“Northern Rescue puts a new spin on the saying, ‘You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family,’ as it examines life, love, laughter, loss, healing, second chances and the meaning of what it truly means to be a family today,” says Baldwin. “I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix again, the CBC, my old pal Bradley Walsh and the lovely Kathleen Robertson.”
“Given the world we live in today, a show like [this] feels incredibly timely,” adds Robertson. “The series centres around a complex family coming together to repair and rebuild after loss. It’s a true exploration of what it means to live, survive and find oneself in the face of tragedy.”
Netflix announces Canadian drama Northern Rescue
25th May 2018
Netflix is heading back to Canada for its newest original drama Northern Rescue.
The family drama stars William Baldwin (MacGyver) and Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First). Baldwin plays John, who, after the death of his wife Sarah, packs up his three children and moves from their hectic urban life to his small northern hometown to take command of the local Search & Rescue service. Once there, the family struggles with their new surroundings, new friends, and accepting Sarah’s death. The children’s aunt (Robertson) helps John and his children heal as she copes with the loss of her sister and her desire to have a family of her own.
The series is created by award-winning writer Mark Bacci (Between, Real Detective), producer David Cormican (Between, Tokyo Trial), and performer and writer Dwayne Hill (Peg + Cat, Billable Hours).
A CBC and Netflix original production, it marks Netflix’s ongoing commitment to Canadian content, with half a billion dollars pledged to be invested between 2017 and 2022, ranging from Anne with an E and Alias Grace to the sc-fi thriller Travelers.
Produced by Don Carmody Television (DCTV), Northern Rescue’s Executive Producers are Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Goon), Cormican, Bradley Walsh (Flower Shop Mystery, The Listener), and Bacci, Baldwin and Hill. Walsh will also direct four episodes including the pilot.
Production will begin next month in Parry Sound, Ontario.