Inspired by a true story and created by showrunner Andrew Wreggitt (Pure, Borealis), FORTUNATE SON is a drama set in the social and political chaos of the late 1960s.




NOTE: We still have not heard if this series will be renewed for a second season!

Executive Producers:

  • Erin Haskett
  • Jordy Randall
  • Andrew Wreggitt
Release dates: January 8, 2020 in Canada
Official site:
Creator:  Jessalyn Dennis
Executive Producers: Erin Haskett, Jordy Randall, and Andrew Wreggitt
Writer: Jessalyn Dennis and Andrew Wreggitt
Genre: Drama
Film Locations:
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2020)
  • Drumheller, Alberta, Canada (2020)
  • High River, Alberta, Canada (2020)
  • Tsuu T’ina First Nation Reserve, Alberta, Canada (2020)
  • Ladner British Columbia, Canada
Plot Summary:

War, riots, assassinations, political corruption, racial tension. Like today, 1968 was a time of global political and social upheaval. Tensions between generations, races, and genders were all reaching critical levels. Violence was spilling out onto the streets and families were increasingly divided over social and political issues. But 1968 was also a time of hope, of new ideas and change. FORTUNATE SON tells the story of a family divided by a mother’s deeply held commitment to activism, and the personal cost it exacts on those she loves. FORTUNATE SON focuses on the Howard family as they struggle to escape their past and deal with the increasingly tumultuous world around them. Ruby Howard, played by Kari Matchett (Covert Affairs, 2 Hearts), is an American activist pursued into Canada by the FBI who refuses to give up the antiwar cause she so deeply believes in. Set in the chaotic summer of 1968, Ruby helps smuggle American draft dodgers and war deserters across the Canadian border to safety. One deserter Ruby helps is Travis Hunter, played by Darren Mann (Giant Little Ones, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), who brings his own troubled past with him and ends up leading the U.S. Intelligence services to Ruby’s door. Stephen Moyer (True Blood, The Gifted) stars as Vern Lang, a CIA agent.

A CBC original series, FORTUNATE SON is produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions in association with CBC and NBCUniversal International Studios. Executive Producers are Andrew Wreggitt, Tom Cox, Jordy Randall and, Erin Haskett. The series is produced by Brian Dennis. Stefan Schwartz is a Co-Executive Producer, while Jessalyn Dennis and Ken Girotti are Consulting Producers. Stefan Schwartz (The Americans, Dexter) and Ken Girotti (Vikings, Orphan Black) are also the show’s directors. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Deborah Nathan is Executive in Charge of Production. NBCUniversal has international distribution rights. FORTUNATE SON was filmed in Calgary, AB and, Ladner, BC.

  • Darren Mann … Travis Hunter
  •  Zoé De Grand Maison … Destiny
  • Stephen Moyer  as Vern Lang, a CIA agent
  • Kacey Rohl … Ellen Howard
  • Dylan Taylor … Chief Kelly
  • Sage Kitchen … Brigitte
  • Duncan Alexander … The Russian
  • Liana Shannon … Mrs. Montgomery
  • Linda Kee … Doris Yang
  • Bud Klasky … Bar Patron
  • Kristopher Turner … Anthony Triskin

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The first Trailer

New Vietnam anti-war drama to premiere on CBC

AFI Premiere in Hollywood, the film’s makers talk about the importance of the film (sorry, no Stephen Moyer in this one)

With the stars Darren Mann, Kari Matchett, and Stephen Moyer from Fortunate Son play Take It Or Leave It, with items and things from 1968

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