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From Alias Grace to Anne Shirley, the latest on 2017’s CanLit adaptations

Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) - Mad Men - Season 6 - Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Elisabeth Moss (photo: Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

As Toronto prepares to become a Hollywood playground this September thanks to TIFF, CanLit fans can also embrace that three new television adaptations will be going into production in and around the city this fall.

Here is the latest on three productions with air dates (TBA) in 2017:

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

Production: Shot in Toronto. Written by Bruce Miller (The 100), who co-executive produces with Daniel Wilson (from the 1990 film adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale), with Atwood acting as consulting producer. Reed Morano (Vinyl) to direct first three episodes

Stars: Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter), Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black)

When/where to watch: 10 episodes on Hulu


Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

Production: Shot in Toronto. Written and executive produced by Sarah Polley (Away From Her); directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho)

Stars: Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Anna Paquin (True Blood)

When/where to watch: Six episodes on CBC TV and Netflix (international)


Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Production: Shot in Ontario. Co-executive produced and written by Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) with the two-hour premiere directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider)

Stars: TBA

When/where to watch: Eight episodes on CBC TV and Netflix (international)