Trickster is a 2020 Canadian supernatural drama television series. The series was created by Tony Elliott and Michelle Latimer, and premiered on CBC on October 7, 2020, on CBC.. It is adapted from the 2017 novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.
On November 2, 2020, Abacus Media Rights acquired distribution rights for the series. American networks The CW and AMC Networks' Sundance Now and Shudder later bought the US distribution rights from Abacus. The series made its US premiere on the CW on January 12, 2021.
Based on the bestselling trilogy of novels by Eden Robinson, Trickster tells the story of Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water. Jared holds down an after-school job and cooks ecstasy on the side to support his separated parents - partying mum Maggie, who self-medicates an undiagnosed mental illness, and unemployable dad Phil, who has a painkiller addiction and a new girlfriend.
But when Jared starts seeing strange things - talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters - his already chaotic life is turned upside down. At first, he thinks he's losing his mind, but to his relief, and terror, the supernatural events are all too real. It turns out there's more than meets the eye to the place Jared grew up, the people he loves – and to Jared himself.
This is Indigenous Gothic - spirits, ancient magic, deadly rites of passage - in a coming of age story unlike any you've ever seen.
Cast and characters
- Joel Oulette as Jared
- Crystle Lightning as Maggie
- Kalani Queypo as Wade
- Nathan Alexis as Crashpad
- Anna Lambe as Sarah
- Georgina Lightning as Sophia
- Craig Lauzon as Phil
- Joel Thomas Hynes as Richie
- Gail Maurice as Georgina
- Jamie Spilchuk as Mr. Good
- William C. Cole as Mr. Jacks
- Trickster — CBC Media Centre
- Trickster series director Michelle Latimer resigns from 2nd season - CBC
- Trickster producers resign amid Michelle Latimer Indigenous identity questions - CBC
- CASTING ANNOUNCED AS CBC ORIGINAL SERIES TRICKSTER BEGINS PRODUCTION — CBC Media Centre
- Adaptation of Eden Robinson's Trickster series coming to CBC-TV — CBC
- CBC ANNOUNCES FALL 2020 PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING SERIES — CBC Media Centre
- Former Kew Media Executive Launches Abacus Media Rights; Lands BBC & HBO Film ‘Superbug’ — Deadline
- Banijay Rejigs Exec Team; ‘Trickster’ North America Deals; ‘Moominvalley’ Third Season; Inez Milholland Biopic — Global Briefs — Deadline
- The CW Sets Season Premiere Dates For ‘Flash’, ‘Batwoman’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Charmed’, ‘Walker’ Reboot & More — Deadline
- Season Two renewal — Twitter
- Trickster's 2nd season cancelled by CBC — CBC
- ‘Trickster’ Canceled By CBC Following Co-Creator’s Indigenous-Heritage Controversy; Season 1 To Finish Airing On the CW — Deadline
- Tricksters — Abacus Media Rights
- Introducing the stars from CBC's Trickster —CBC