“Shoot the messenger,'” a political crime thriller, produced by Sudz Sutherland and
Jennifer Holness, the husband and wife team from Hungry Eyes Film and Television,
premieres on Monday on CBC-TV.
In an interview, Jamaica-born Holness concedes that the idea of shooting or killing the
messenger is certainly not a new one in the field of journalism or in other areas where the
message may not be well received.
She cites, for example, the case of Old Testament prophets who often had a hard time
delivering their messages of warning to an errant people.
But “Shoot the messenger”, created by herself and Sutherland who met each other while
attending York University in Toronto, is a modern-day story set in multicultural Toronto.
The eight-episode series centres on the complex relationships between crime reporters and the
According to a news release from the CBC media centre, it follows Daisy Channing ( Elyse
Levesque), a young reporter trying to balance a messy personal life with a burgeoning career.
Things begin to go sideways for Daisy when she witnesses a murder which she thinks is gang-
related, only to find herself slowly drawn into an interconnected web of criminal and illicit
sexual activity that reaches into the corridors of corporate and political power.
The news release goes on to say that it’s the kind of story that will destroy lives, including those
of her own family.
With help from lead homicide detective Kevin Lutz (Lyriq Bent), her editor Mary Foster (Alex
Kingston and co-worker Simon Olenski (Lucas Bryant), Daisy uncover a cover-up so
scandalous it could bring down the government.
Well, according to Jennifer, she and Sutherland were inspired by recent political developments to
write the script.
The cast also includes Hannah Anderson as Daisy’s sister, Chloe Channing and Ari Cohen as
the Attorney General and features special appearances by The Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson
as Greggor Woods, The Toronto Raptors’ Jamal Magloire as Orlandio Spence and ex-NBA
player-turned-television-star Rick Fox as Anthony Telpher.
The series was filmed on location in Toronto.