Trailer | Bellevue

Bellevue, which debuts Monday, February 20, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on CBC Television, is one of two upcoming CBC series featuring Anna Paquin (the other, Margaret Atwood novel adaptation Alias Grace, has an American partner in Netflix). Although Bellevue’s trailer gives relatively little in the way of details, Bellevue is notable for at least partially focusing on the disappearance of a transgender teenager. Whether the transgender angle is a minor or major part of the series, transgender issues are rarely touched on in a CBC series, so it’s an interesting hook for Bellevue. Shawn Doyle (John A.: Birth of a Country, The Disappeared, This Life) and Allen Leech (Rome, Downton Abbey) also star.

The serialized nature of Bellevue, and the fact it has a first-time showrunner in Jane Maggs, gives Gloryosky hope that it will be a better-than-usual procedural drama. Gloryosky has no problem with procedurals, given that Bravo’s 19-2 is mentioned here fairly often. At the same time, with recent series like 19-2, Global’s Private Eyes, CTV’s Motive and Global/CBS’ Ransom, a procedural has to truly cut above the fray in Canada.

CBC Television’s taken more creative risks in recent years, so hopefully the transgender angle in Bellevue isn’t a cheap gimmick. In the age where Amazon Video’s Transparent, Fuse’s Transcendent and Fox’s Star focuses on transgender themes in some fashion, Bellevue can’t afford to be retrograde in its storytelling.

This trailer comes from Muse Entertainment’s YouTube account MuseTrailers. Muse Entertainment produces Bellevue with Back Alley Film Productions. Previous Muse/Back Alley team-ups include The Movie Network/HBO Canada’s Durham County, Global’s Bomb Girls and CTV’s Played, so Gloryosky is cautiously optimistic that Bellevue at least meets those shows’ standards.