Red Arrow Studios International has picked up distribution rights for the second season of "Departure", with Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer returning to the series. Red Arrow Studios International will launch this new season at MIPTV 2021.
Production on the series is underway in Toronto, Canada. "Departure" is directed by Canadian Screen award winner T.J. Scott ("Orphan Black", "Star Trek: Discovery"), and created by Vincent Shiao.
The event series is a Canada/Ireland co-production produced by Shaftesbury (Canada) and Deadpan Pictures (Ireland), in association with Corus Entertainment, Starlings Television, and Red Arrow Studios International.
Season One will air in Canada on Global beginning October 8 and launched on Peacock/Universal on September 17. "Departure" is distributed by Red Arrow Studios International, with Starlings Television handling the sale to Peacock/Universal. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) acquired Season One and Two for Europe and Africa and Season One has already aired in those territories.
Season Two of "Departure" focuses on the tragic crash of a high-speed automated train – the Apollo – traveling from Toronto to Chicago. Kendra Malley (Emmy award-winner "Archie Panjabi", "The Good Wife") leads the investigation into an accident that leaves multiple deaths in its wake and a web of potential suspects: the tech visionary who invented the train’s control system; the anti-technology politician, and the FBI prisoner who disappears after the crash. When the feds swoop in to initiate a manhunt, Kendra’s investigation evolves from finding the causes of the crash to working with federal agents to capture the fugitive – who may be the root cause of the entire disaster.
Departure is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Malcolm MacRury, Jackie May, T.J. Scott, Paul Donovan, Ailish McElmeel, David A. Stern, Matt Geller, and Archie Panjabi. Patrick Cassavetti, Teresa M. Ho, and Julie Lacey are Producers.
For Corus, Kathleen Meek is Production Executive; Rachel Nelson is Director, Original Content, Drama, Kids, and Factual; Lisa Godfrey is Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. Chris Philip and Karine Martin are Executive Producers for Starlings Television.
Carlo Dusi and Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia are Executive Producers for Red Arrow Studios International, and Ben Silverman is also an Executive Producer.