Shaftesbury announced today that season two of Departure has begun production in Toronto. Produced by Shaftesbury and Deadpan Pictures, the gripping drama is directed by Canadian Screen award winner T.J. Scott (Orphan Black, Star Trek: Discovery), and created by Vincent Shiao.
Season two of Departure focuses on the tragic crash of a high-speed automated train – the Apollo – travelling from Toronto to Chicago. Kendra Malley (Emmy® 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. Along with Archie Panjabi, season two features an all-star ensemble cast including Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer (Knives Out), Kris Holden-Reid (Umbrella Academy), Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle), Mark Rendall (Departure), Kelly McCormack (Killjoys), Karen Le Blanc (Ransom), Wendy Crewson (Frankie Drake), Charlie Carrick (Reign), Donal Logue (Gotham), Dion Johnstone (Sweet Magnolias) and Greg Bryk (Mary Kills People).
Season one will air in Canada on Global beginning October 8 and on Peacock/Universal starting 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.
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.