About the Show

Inspired by a true story and created by showrunner Andrew Wreggitt (Pure, Borealis), FORTUNATE SON (8x60) is a drama set in the social and political chaos of the late 1960s. 

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 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. 

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Program Name

Fortunate Son

Program Type

Television Show

Appears On

CBC

Genre

Scripted

Schedule

Premieres Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. on CBC

Bios

Kari Matchett

Ruby Howard | Fortunate Son

Darren Mann

Travis Hunter | Fortunate Son

Stephen Moyer

Vern Lang | Fortunate Son

Press Releases

CBC ANNOUNCES WINTER 2020 PREMIERE DATES

CBC ANNOUNCES WINTER 2020 PREMIERE DATES

CBC today announced premiere dates for its winter 2020 lineup of new and returning Canadian series, featuring original programming that reflects contemporary Canada. With a new winter schedule launching Sunday, January 5, each series will be available on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service. Read More »

Casting Announced as CBC Original Series  FORTUNATE SON Begins Production

Casting Announced as CBC Original Series FORTUNATE SON Begins Production

With production now underway in Calgary, SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions today revealed casting for new CBC original drama FORTUNATE SON, set to premiere in winter 2020 on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service. Read More »

Program Name

Fortunate Son

Program Type

Television Show

Appears On

CBC

Genre

Scripted

Schedule

Premieres Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. on CBC

Bios

Kari Matchett

Ruby Howard | Fortunate Son

Darren Mann

Travis Hunter | Fortunate Son

Stephen Moyer

Vern Lang | Fortunate Son