Updated: Mar 6
DIGGSTOWN follows Marcie Diggs (Vinessa Antoine, Being Erica, Heartland), a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers - messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice. They work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias. Joining Antoine is a star-studded cast including Natasha Henstridge (Species), C. David Johnson (Street Legal), Stacey Farber (Grace and Frankie), Brandon Oakes (Arctic Air), Shailene Garnett (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments), Tim Rozon (Wynonna Earp), and Dwain Murphy (Titans).
A CBC original drama, DIGGSTOWN is co-produced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films, and DHX Media. Floyd Kane is creator, executive producer and showrunner, and Amos Adetuyi (Jean of the Jones), Brenda Greenberg (Being Erica) and Todd Berger (Wynonna Earp) are executive producers. Kelly Makin (Saving Hope) is the pilot director and executive producer. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Deborah Nathan is Executive in Charge of Production. DIGGSTOWN is filmed in Halifax, NS.
A brilliant lawyer fighting injustice. Diggstown stars Vinessa Antoine airs on CBC Season 2 on Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
MARCIE DIGGS, a 31 year old woman without a community. Born and raised in the socially vibrant but economically starved community of North Preston, Nova Scotia, Marcie fought her way into the elite offices of corporate law firm MacIver & MacAlpine. She was a rising star but it all came crashing down when she moved mountains to have M&M defend her beloved Aunt Rolanda in a malicious prosecution – a prosecution which ended in a guilty plea and ultimately in Rolanda taking her own life. Rolanda’s death devastated and disillusioned Marcie. In her view, the law ravages peoples’ lives more often than it benefits them and she’s determined to course correct that. With its commitment to protecting the most vulnerable members of society from the law, Halifax Legal Aid just may be her silver sword.
Canadian-born, Vinessa Antoine started studying ballet at the age of four with the Royal Academy of Dance in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating high school, she then went on to study dance at the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Vinessa has played some great roles in various television shows including Being Erica, Haven, Heartland, NCIS, Lucky 7, and General Hospital. In addition, she has been on stage in several Off-Broadway plays in New York, including the original New York cast of Four. Vinessa lives in Los Angeles with her two sons.
On March 6, 2019, CBC premiered the new Nova Scotia-shot mini-series set in the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth and in the community of North Preston. Diggstown follows Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her life’s priorities and joins a team of legal aid workers to find justice for their diverse clients – exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias. And, as if the setting and stories aren’t unique enough, the series is headlined by Vinessa Antoine who is breaking ground as the first woman of color to be ‘number one on the call sheet’ of a prime-time Canadian drama.
NATASHA HENSTRIDGE plays Colleen Macdonnell
Natasha Henstridge is an award-winning Hollywood film and TV actress born in Newfoundland, Canada.
Natasha Henstridge is an award-winning Hollywood film and TV actress born in Newfoundland, Canada. Known for movies like Species and The Whole Nine Yards, she started her career as a model in Paris at the tender age of 15. After leaving home to begin her modelling career in the highly-competitive Paris fashion world, she landed her first cover of French Cosmopolitan, and graced the covers of many international fashion magazines, appearing in commercials for Oil of Olay, Lady Stetson and Old Spice. Seeking a greater challenge, Natasha pursued her love of acting and at only 19, landing the starring role of the science-fiction thriller Species, opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Forest Whitaker. The film became a worldwide hit critically and commercially, and Natasha received praise for her performance as the genetically-modified Sil, including an MTV Movie Award. Not since the Hitchcock era had someone redefined the "femme fatale" for a new generation.
This began a recognized film career that has spanned over 35 movies to date. From conquering comedy with Bruce Willis in The Whole Nine Yards to taking the action-heroine lead in John Carpenter's sci-fi hit Ghost of Mars, Natasha has proved herself to be a versatile and fearless actress. She won the Best Actress Gemini Award (Canada's equivalent of an Emmy) for her hard-hitting portrayal of a cop's wife in Would Be Kings and starred with Geena Davis in the Golden Globe-winning TV show Commander in Chief. Her TV credits include leading roles in hit shows Eli Stone, She Spies, The Secret Circle, CSI: Miami, Hawaii Five-0, and voicing Miss Ellen on South Park. In features, she recently starred with Paul Sorvino and Joe Montegna in the forthcoming period drama The Bronx Bull, playing the wife of legendary boxer Jake LaMotta.
Natasha is the youngest actress to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Temecula Film Festival and recently was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Award from her homeland of Canada.
Diggstown stars Vinessa Antoine airs on CBC Season 2 on Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.
When first announced in 2019, Diggstown made headlines in Canadian media for having Vinessa Antoine as the first Black woman to star in a prime-time TV network drama. The new season continues to make strides for representation in Canadian TV, while balancing provocative and poignant stories with light human touches.
Created by Floyd Kane, Season 1 of the series introduced viewers to the fierceness of Marcie Diggs (Antoine) and the emotionally and ethically devastating world of legal aid. In Season 2, Marcie and her fellow crusaders at legal aid continue their fight against a criminal justice system that shows no mercy to our most at risk citizens.The new season will continue to touch tackle real life issues that people face, including homelessness, unemployment and imprisonment.
PR Liz Reid, photos courtesy of CBC, Podcast interview by Jordan Parker