FRANÇOIS ARNAUD, JOSH CLOSE AND TROIAN BELLISARIO JOIN THE CAST OF CBC ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES PLAN B FROM KOTV

Aug 04, 2022

 

New cast members join the previously announced stars, Patrick J. Adams and Karine Vanasse, in the English-language adaptation, premiering winter 2023

KOTV and CBC  today announced additional cast for Plan B with François Arnaud (Apple’s Surface, NBC’s Midnight Texas), Josh Close (Monica, Fargo) and Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) joining the CBC original drama series. Starring Patrick J. Adams as Philip (Suits, The Right Stuff) and Karine Vanasse as Evelyn (Cardinal, Revenge), Plan B is an adaptation of the popular French-language drama series of the same name (now filming its fourth season for Radio-Canada). With production currently underway in Montreal, Quebec, the new English-language series is set to debut on CBC and CBC Gem in winter 2023. 

Set in Montreal, this high-concept, gripping and intimate psychological drama follows a man on a desperate and relentless quest to save his relationship – and by extension, his whole world. Who has not at one time wanted to go back and change the course of events? And what if you were given a second chance, a Plan B? The day that Philip (Adams) discovers the possibility of going back in time, he does not hesitate. Since Evelyn (Vanasse), the love of his life and companion for the past six years, has left him, his life has lost its meaning. With the tremendous power he wields thanks to Plan B, he attempts to save his relationship, his law firm and his dysfunctional family. But Philip soon realizes that even the smallest choice has repercussions – as uncontrollable as they are unexpected – on his life and the lives of others. 

A CBC original production, Plan B is produced by Quebec-based production company KOTV, with international distribution by Red Arrow Studios International. Directed by Jean-François Asselin, Aisling Chin-Yee and Maxime Giroux, the English adaptation was co-written by Lynne Kamm, along with the co-creators of the original French-language series Asselin and Jacques Drolet. Asselin also serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer, alongside Louis Morissette. For KOTV, Louis-Philippe Drolet, Alain Chicoine and Mélanie Viau are Executive Producers, and Melissa Malkin is Producer. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Sarah Adams is Director of Current Production, Drama; and Nicola Makoway is Executive in Charge of Production.

François Arnaud is repped by Lasher Group and APA. Josh Close by Buchwald,  Impression Entertainment and Parent Management. Troian Bellisario is repped by Entertainment 360, Gersh and Paul Hastings. 

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Plan B Internationally

The French series is enjoying great success on the international market. Adapted and broadcast by TF1 in France in May 2021, the made-for-France adaptation of the series starring Julie De Bona rose to the top of the charts. In Flemish Belgium, the adaptation broadcast in March 2021 was also a great success. Additionally, Season 2 won Best Scripted Format at the 2020 International Format Awards.

Pier-Luc Funk (Genesis, Matthias & Maxime) stars in Season 4 of the original Quebecois version of the series. This new component will be screened online next season in the VÉRO.TV d’ICI TOU.TV EXTRA section.

About KOTV

For over a decade, Montreal-based company KOTV has partnered with renowned creators to bring a multitude of programs in fiction, documentary, variety, magazine and youth to the screen. A leader in the field of production, adaptation and television distribution, KOTV is distinguished by its ability to renew itself. Its ambitions know no borders and the company continues to ascend by opening up to new markets via original English-language productions through international co-productions and exploiting its drama and variety formats around the world.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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For media inquiries, please contact: 

Puelo Deir, Plan B Unit Publicist

puelo@puelodeir.com 

Elizabeth Reid, CBC Public Relations

elizabeth.reid@cbc.ca