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'Coroner' Season 1: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about The CW Canadian drama

'Coroner' is based on MR Hall's novel series that follows the solicitor turned coroner as she investigates suspicious deaths

'Coroner' is finally making its American debut. The first of the two seasons of the Canadian drama is arriving on The CW. Based on the Jenny Cooper series of novels by MR Hall, the series first premiered on CBC and follows the protagonist Dr Jenny Cooper as she investigates suspicious deaths. Following the positive response it received on CBC with 1 million viewers each episode, The CW acquired the US broadcast rights earlier this year in May. Here is everything you need to know about the series ahead of its release. 

Release date

Season 1 of 'Coroner' premieres on August 5, 2020, at 9 pm on The CW. 


According to the official synopsis, "Coroner is a character-driven one-hour drama about Dr Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a recently widowed new coroner who investigates suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto."

"The series reflects the rich diversity of Toronto, and each case brings Jenny into a new arena in the city, touching on buzz-worthy themes. Jenny taps into her intuition as much as her intellect and heart as she solves cases with the help of homicide detective Donovan McAvoy (Roger Cross), a man who isn’t afraid of challenging the status quo; pathologist Dr Dwayne Allen (Lovell Adams-Gray) and his assistant River Baitz (Kiley May); and Alison Trent (Tamara Podemski), Jenny’s assistant who keeps it real."

"And while Jenny solves mysterious deaths, she also deals with clinical anxiety; a teenage son, Ross (Ehren Kassam), who is still grieving the death of his father; and the prospect of starting a new relationship with the enigmatic Liam (Éric Bruneau)."


Serinda Swan as Jenny Cooper

Serinda Swan attends the Houghton Spring 2016 Runway Show at Milk Studios on September 14, 2015, in New York City (Getty Images)

Swan plays the role of the protagonist Dr Jenny Cooper, a recently-widowed coroner in Toronto, who investigates suspicious deaths in the city. The actress is known for her work on 'Inhumans', 'Ballers', 'Feud', 'Graceland', 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief' and 'Breakout Kings'.  

Roger Cross as Donovan 'Mac' McAvoy

Actor Roger R. Cross attends The Nintendo Lounge on the TV Guide Magazine yacht during Comic-Con International 2015 on July 10, 2015, in San Diego, California (Getty Images)

Cross plays the role of homicide detective Donovan. The actor is best known for his role of CTU Agent Curtis Manning in '24'. He is also known for his work in 'First Wave', 'Continuum', 'Motive', and 'Dark Matter'. 


'Coroner' is based on MR Hall's novel series that follows the solicitor turned coroner. The first installment of the series was immensely popular and was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger award in 2009. The fourth installment was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger in 2012. The drama television series developed by Morwyn Brebner, who is known to create and produce 'Rookie Blue' and 'Saving Hope'. The series is executive produced by Brebner, Adrienne Mitchell, Jonas Prupas, Brett Burlock, and Peter Emerson, and is produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films, and Cineflix Studios.



Where to watch

'Coroner' will premiere on August 5, 2020, at 9 pm on The CW.

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