Frontier, Discovery Canada’s new drama, makes its worldwide debut Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning November 6. Ambitiously cinematic in scope, the network’s first-ever scripted series shot entirely in stunning 4K UHD follows the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade of the late 18th century. The gritty series’ star-studded international cast is led by action star Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron, Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, Allan Hawco and Jessica Matten. Unabashedly true to its time period, the six-part series offers viewers the raw beauty and cutthroat power struggle of the fur trade, portraying a world of unfettered ferocity.
“As one of the largest undertakings in Canadian television history, and certainly the largest for Discovery as we open a new chapter for the brand, Frontier is set to become destination viewing for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “We are extremely proud to develop and bring such an important time in our country’s history to life for Canadian audiences – and indeed, audiences around the world as a result of our partnership with Netflix – complete with the meticulous authenticity and world-class production quality that it deserves.”
Discovery’s broadcast of Frontier is sponsored by Samsung Canada, the exclusive 4K UHD TV partner. The series is commissioned by Discovery Canada and shot in St. John’s, Nfld., Louisbourg, N.S., and Cornwall, U.K., providing the stunning backdrop for this premium, beautifully vivid 4K UHD drama series. Following each television premiere, episodes of the groundbreaking series will be available on the Discovery GO app.
Set against the stunning, raw backdrop of 1700s Canada, Frontier is a thrilling action-filled series revolving around warring factions vying for control of the fur trade in a ruthless game of wealth and power. Irish stowaway Michael Smyth (Liboiron) has barely stepped foot in the New World when he becomes embroiled in a dangerous battle between the fearless and violent Declan Harp (Momoa), and the formidable Lord Benton (Armstrong) of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
A dramatic story of revenge and riches, betrayal and brutality, and survival of the fittest in the James Bay fur trade, Frontier’‘s rich and raw cast of characters are all gunning to be the last man standing – from the combustible Scottish Brown Brothers (Hawco,Michael Patric, Stephen Lord), to crafty ale house owner Grace Emberly (Boyle), to treacherous Captain Chesterfield (Evan Jonigkeit), and rich America entrepreneur Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle). All are willing to do whatever it takes to hold the keys to the kingdom of the New World.
FRONTIER is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions and ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster. Netflix is the international broadcast partner. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe, and Michael Levine are Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers.