Frontier (2016 TV series)


Frontier is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton , Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie, chronicling the North American fur trade of the 1700s. [1] The series is co-produced by Discovery Channel (Canada) as well as Netflix . [2] On October 25, 2016, Frontier was renewed for a second season. [3] The series premiered on November 6, 2016 on Discovery Channel Canada and was shot in 4K. [4]

Synopsis

The series follows Declan Harp ( Jason Momoa ), a part-Irish, part-cree outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.

Cast

Main

  • Jason Momoa as Declan Harp [1]
  • Landon Liboiron as Michael Smyth
  • Zoe Boyle as Grace Emberly
  • Christian McKay as Father James Coffin
  • Evan Jonigkeit as Captain Chesterfield
  • Shawn Doyle as Samuel Grant
  • Allan Hawco as Douglas Brown
  • Michael Patric as Malcolm Brown
  • Stephen Lord as Cedric Brown
  • Zahn McClarnon as Samoset
  • Katie McGrath as Elizabeth Carruthers
  • Charles Aitken as Captain Johnson
  • Tantoo Cardinal as Kamenna
  • Raoul Trujillo as Machk
  • Kiowa Gordon as Kitchi
  • Cameron Roberts as Chogan
  • Lyla Porter-Follows as Clenna Dolan
  • Diana Bentley as Imogen
  • Greg Bryk as Cobbs Pond
  • Breanne Hill as Mary
  • Paul Fauteux as Jean-Marc Rivard
  • William Belleau as Sunday
  • Jessica Matten as Sokanon
  • Alun Armstrong as Lord Benton

Recurring

  • Graham Abbey as MacLaughlan
  • Paul Ewan Wilson as Vanstone
  • Jean-Michel Le Gal as Commander Everton
  • Sean Wei Mah as Omaciw
  • Peter O’Meara as Peter Carruthers

Production

Filming for Frontier in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Canada, along with Cornwall in the United Kingdom. [5] [6]

Broadcast

The series is produced in 4K ultra high definition ; On January 8, 2016, Bell Media confirmed that Frontier would stream in 4K via the Discovery Go exclusively app on Samsung 4K smart TVs. [7] Internationally, the series will be distributed by Netflix , with the first season To Become disponible January 20, 2017. [8] As per year exclusivity agreement, the series will not be disponible Netflix in Canada up to 2018. [2 ]

Episodes

Season 1 (2016)

No. title Directed by Written by Original air date Canadian viewers
(millions)
1 “A Kingdom Unto Itself” Brad Peyton Rob Blackie & Peter Blackie & Perry Chafe November 6, 2016 0.369 [9]
2 “Little Brother War” Brad Peyton Perry Chafe November 13, 2016 N / A
3 “Mushkegowuk Esquewu” John Vatcher Rob Blackie & Peter Blackie & Joseph Kay November 20, 2016 N / A
4 “Wolves” Kelly Makin Greg Nelson November 27, 2016 N / A
5 “The Disciple” Ken Girotti Greg Nelson December 4, 2016 N / A
6 “The Gallows” Ken Girotti Greg Spottiswood December 11, 2016 N / A

Reception

The series received mixed to negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 38% based on 13 reviews, with the site’s consensus reading. “Jason Momoa’s powerhouse performance as Declan Ultimately Harp is Weighed down by Frontier ‘s Often sluggish storytelling.” [10] Metacritic, which assigns an average score of 52, out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. [11]

Awards and Nominations

Canadian Screen Awards

year Category nominee result Ref
2017 Best Achievement in Casting Denise Chamain, Sara Kay, Jenny Lewis, Danielle Irvine Nominated [12]
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Brad Peyton Nominated
Best Achievement in Make-Up Elizabeth Kuchurean Won
Best Costume Design Michael Ground Nominated
Leading Dramatic Role Jason Momoa Nominated
Landon Liboiron Nominated
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Gordon Barnes Nominated

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Jason Momoa to Star in Netflix Adventure Drama ‘Frontier’ from ‘San Andreas’ Director’ . Variety . Retrieved 8 January 2016 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b “Netflix Picks Up Canadian Period Action Series ‘Frontier’ Starring Jason Momoa” . Deadline . Retrieved 8 January 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/jason-momoa-acquaman-frontier-renewed-netflix-season-2-1201899872/
  4. Jump up^ “It’s a Cutthroat, Untamed New World as Discovery’s FRONTIER Premieres, November 6 at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT” . CNW Group .
  5. Jump up^ “That’s a wrap! Frontier finishes filming in Newfoundland” . CBC News . Retrieved 2017-03-01 .
  6. Jump up^ “Fortress Louisbourg acting as a backdrop for new TV series Frontier” . CBC News . Retrieved 2017-03-01 .
  7. Jump up^ “Discovery GO Ups Ante on Home Cinematic Experience with 4K Ultra HD” . Bell Media press release . Retrieved 8 January 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ Petski, Denise (November 14, 2016). “Jason Momoa’s ‘Frontier’ Gets Netflix Premiere Date” . Deadline.com . Retrieved November 14, 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ https://twitter.com/BillBriouxTV/status/796364883562524672
  10. Jump up^ “Frontier: Season 1 (2016)” . Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved 16 February 2017 .
  11. Jump up^ “Frontier: Season 1” . Metacritic . Retrieved 16 February 2017 .
  12. Jump up^ “2017 TV Nominees – Academy.ca” . Academy.ca . Retrieved 18 January 2017 .
  13. Jump up^ “Frontier Episode Guide” . Zap2it . Retrieved 13 November 2016 .

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