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Burden of Truth's Peter Mooney and Kristen Kreuk 

Review of "Burden of Truth" 7/28/18 by Suzanne
airs Wednesdays 8/7c on The CW

I usually watch any show that has Kristen Kreuk. I loved "Smallville" and "Beauty and the Beast." This new Canadian show on The CW, where she plays shark lawyer Joanna Hanley, is not quite as good, but I still enjoy it. Kreuk is always outstanding. The cast does a fine job. The story is interesting, but it's not terribly original.

Some teenage girls are getting very sick in the small town of Millwood, where Joanna grew up. She and her dad moved away to the big city, and she hasn't been back since. The twist is that Joanna is a corporate lawyer, so she's there at first to prove that her client's product isn't responsible for the girls getting sick. She decides to hang around and help figure out what's going on. There are many mysteries in the show about, not only the girls and what's making them sick, but Joanna's past (and what happened between her mom and dad), and why they left Millwood so suddenly, and why the town is so hostile to Joanna and her family.

It's worth checking out. It's not "Sharp Objects," but then again, it's not as depressing as that one, either. It's an entertaining summer show.


“Burden of Truth” is a serialized investigative drama about life-altering legal cases, the helpless plaintiffs searching for answers, and the boots-on-the-ground lawyers fighting incredible odds to deliver justice. 

Attorney Joanna Hanley (Kristin Kreuk) leaves her picture-perfect legal career as a partner in a corporate law firm to solve the case of a mysterious illness affecting the female high school students of her hometown Millwood in Manitoba – a prairie town with an industrial past and an uncertain future. She joins her former high school nemesis, local attorney Billy Crawford (Peter Mooney), to find the source of the illness and win justice for the girls. Billy and Joanna will have to put aside their resentments and opposing legal styles to find the answers they seek. Joanna also realizes there’s not just a legal investigation waiting for her in Millwood, but a personal one. She starts investigating herself just as she would a case, beginning with her darkest family secret: the reason her family was forced to suddenly leave town.

“Burden of Truth” explores human relationships in the context of a legal mystery, highlighting the stress and impact on the investigators fighting a case that might come to nothing, and the danger of a growing illness that they may never be able to identify or cure. 

BURDEN OF TRUTH is produced by IFC Films and Entertainment One in association with Eagle Vision Inc. with executive producers Ilana Frank (“The Detail”), Adam Pettle (“Rookie Blue”) Jocelyn Hamilton (“Private Eyes”), Linda Pope (“Saving Hope”) and Kristin Kreuk (“Beauty and the Beast”).


Day and time: Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Network debut: July 25, 2018

Format: Joanna Hanley is a big city attorney who returns to her small hometown to win a legal case, only to discover a mysterious illness affecting local teenage girls.

Cast: Kristin Kreuk as Joanna Hanley

Peter Mooney as Billy Crawford

Alex Carter as David Hanley

Star Slade as Luna Spence

Benjamin Ayres as Alan Christie

Nicola Correia-Damude as Diane Evans

Meegwun Fairbrother as Officer Owen Beckbie

Sara Thompson as Molly Ross

Executive Producers: Ilana Frank, Jocelyn Hamilton, Linda Pope,

Kristin Kreuk, Adam Pettle

Origination: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Produced by: IFC Films, Entertainment One, Eagle Vision Inc.

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