Shoot the Messenger is a one-hour serialized crime drama about Daisy Channing (Elyse Levesque), a whip smart j-school grad trying to balance a messy personal life while working at a big city newspaper. Things go sideways when Daisy tracks a story about a gang-related murder, only to discover an interconnected web of criminal activity that reaches into the corridors of corporate and political power. It’s the kind of story that makes careers and destroys lives, including those of her own family.
En route to meet a source, Daisy witnesses a murder that looks like your typical gangbanger shooting. But she can’t get rid of that nagging feeling she’s being watched. And her source, who is on the run from the police, is no longer answering his calls. Daisy keeps digging, until she finds that the low-level “thugs” she thought was the story, are connected to the city’s glitterati that include her sister, Chloe. Daisy must wade through a tangled web of illicit sex and corruption while facing her demons - a serious drug habit that she’s trying to keep firmly in the past.
As Daisy is dragged further into the City’s underbelly, she faces some tough choices that hit close to home. The question is: will she survive the story of her life?
Daisy knows she’s onto something big when someone, hidden in the shadows, strikes out, pushing her closer to homicide Detective Kevin Lutz (Lyriq Bent). He heads up the murder investigation but secretly, he is also Daisy’s eyes and ears on the force – and her occasional bed buddy.
Relationships between reporters and cops are volatile, an uneasy alliance that both parties tolerate to get the job done. But Lutz and Daisy have taken things to a new level. They are breaking all the rules and this thing between them is starting to complicate more than their jobs.
Daisy works for the Toronto Gazette, a paper known for its hard-hitting investigative journalism, run by her tough as nails editor, Mary Foster (Alex Kingston). Rounding out the main jurno team is Daisy’s recently-engaged co-worker Simon Olenski (Lucas Bryant), a seasoned reporter dealing with his own professional crisis. Daisy admires his relaxed charm and intelligence, because somehow Simon gets what he wants, and makes everything seem so easy. Maybe that’s why she slept with him…or maybe it’s a safer way of self-medicating for a recovering drug addict.
So who is Daisy to judge when she begins to uncover what is happening in the bedrooms of some of our most powerful citizens? The list includes the charismatic political golden boy, Attorney General Sam Charles (Ari Cohen); seasoned member of the judiciary, Judge Susan Reeves (Brenda Bazinet); recently-injured professional basketball player, Orlandio Spence (Jamaal Magloire); and mob-connected real estate developer, Eric Lawson (Al Sapienza), among others. The question of whether this story is gossip or news is quickly thrown out the window when she realizes that the murder of a young Somali kid is connected to their bedroom activities. And the bodies keep on dropping.
Shoot the Messenger will explore the lives, loves and personal demons of our lead characters, taking us to that uncomfortable place where truth resides.
From the fast-paced newsroom to the Homicide squad and the streets where it all goes down, Shoot the Messenger will follow a tightly-plotted 8-episode arc exploring a cover-up so politically explosive, it threatens to bring the justice system to its knees.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Shoot the Messenger Productions 1 inc.
Cast/Participants: ELYSE LEVESQUE, LUCAS BRYANT, LYRIQ BENT, ALEX KINGSTON, HANNAH ANDERSON, ARI COHEN, EDIE INKSETTER, AL SAPIENZA, MAURICE DEAN WINT, RICK FOX, PAULINO NUNES, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL, SHADIA ALI, BRENDA BAZINET, RON LEA,TONY NAPPO, DALMAR ABUZEID, CLARK BACKO, BRENDA ROBINS,PAUL SUN-HYUNG LEE, RAYISA KONDRACKI, MATT BARAM, ED ROBERTSON, ENNIS ESMER, K.C. COLLINS, MARNI VAN DYK, JAMAAL MAGLOIRE, MATT COOKE, KAWA ADA, PATRICK KWOK-CHOON, MAX TOPPLIN, JOHN BOURGEOIS, LAURA CILEVITZ, JEANNETTE SOUSA, JEWELLE BLACKMAN, KARL ANG, KAREN ROBINSON, MICHAEL AYRES, WARSAME RAGHE, JEAN YOON, STACY ANN BUCHANAN, TROY BLUNDELL, SAYID-AHMED ABUBAKAR, CANUTE GOMES, MICHAEL ALBERT BROWN, JAMES MADGE, SAMANTHA KAINE, DAN LETT, ROBINNE FANFAIR, DAN FOX, VICTORIA WONG, GEORGE NICKOLAS K., CHRIS IP, KATIE BUITENDYK, LYRIC JUSTICE, ALEX CYRA, ARI POLLACK, DAVID HURWITZ, IMAN HAJI, BRAD AUSTIN, AHMED ADAM ABDILLAHI HANFI, KRISTIAN KADIRGAMAR, OBSSA AHMED, KIM ROBERTS, IAN D. CLARK, BRIAN GRAHAM, TOBY PROCTOR, BRENDAN MURRAY, JONATHAN KIM, MICHAEL CRAWFORD, SEAN PRATT, ART HINDLE, DAIVA JOHNSTON, ROBIN ARCHER, LILA YEE, TAL ZIMERMAN, PETER OUTERBRIDGE, EILEEN LI, TORREN SYLVAIN, JESSE BOSTICK