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Essex County: CBC Releases New Teaser for Jeff Lemire Series Adapt

Set to premiere on the CBC/CBC Gem this weekend, here's a new teaser for the series adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel Essex County.

Last month, viewers were treated to the official trailer for the CBC's upcoming series adaptation of Jeff Lemire's (Sweet Tooth, Black Hammer, Secret Path) graphic novel Essex County. Now, with only days to go until the series premiere (also on CBC Gem), we're getting a new teaser offering another look at what we can expect. Molly Parker, Brian J. Smith, Stephen McHattie, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, and Kevin Durand lead the limited series, which spotlights the intertwining lives of two families living in a rural community by exploring how loss, betrayal, and trauma can impact generations and how redemption can be found through human connection.

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CBC's Essex County is written by Lemire and Eilis Kirwan (The Whistleblower; Nurses) and directed by Emmy-winner Andrew Cividino (Schitt's Creek, Sleeping Giant). CBC and CBC Gem will premiere the series on March 19th, with a U.S. release set to come. Here's a look at the newest teaser, followed by a look back at the official trailer & series overview:

Despite the appearance of a close-knit community, many of the Essex County residents are isolated and lonely. Eleven-year-old Lester (Wojtak-Hissong) has moved in with his uncle Ken (Smith) after the death of his mother. Ken, a stoic farmer, must contend with his own grief and fears while raising Lester, even as Lester looks for a father in Jimmy (Durand) – a man who can barely take care of himself. Anne (Parker) is a nurse and mother who, after a lifetime of caring for others, finds herself at a crossroads when her daughter leaves for university. When Anne takes over the care of her estranged uncle, Lou (McHattie), who is suffering from worsening dementia and the ghosts of his past, she begins to unearth family secrets. Through Lou and Lester, the viewer enters a world of magic realism – Lou's present begins to merge with his past, and he literally haunts his own memories; Lester escapes into his imaginary world as he struggles to overcome his crushing grief.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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