A science-fiction series shot in Didsbury for four years has won five awards at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.
Wynonna Earp, described as a supernatural western, was one of the big winners at the awards, which ran from April 4th and are slated to wrap up with the show tonight (April 10) on CBC. The show picked up five statuettes including best supporting actor in a drama for Tim Rozon, as well as awards for music, costume design, hair and production design or art direction.
The show was developed by Emily Andras and premiered in 2016. It was based on a comic book series with Melanie Scrofano playing Wynonna, the great-great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp with Tim Rozon portraying the legendary Doc Holliday. The series' premise is that Wynonna returns to her home in Purgatory, played in the series by the Town of Didsbury, to battle revenants, reincarnated outlaws that her great-great granddaddy Wyatt has previously killed. She does this with the help of her sister and Doc Holliday, Wyatt's best friend who is cursed with immortality.
The show also filmed in other southern Alberta locations, including Calgary and the Springbank area.
The show had a cult following and that viewership helped it survive for four seasons. In 2021, following season four, fans came together in a campaign dubbed #BringWynonnaHome to try to keep the show rolling in Didsbury for a fifth season. Fans submitted homemade billboards or postcards which were projected onto screens along a Didsbury road on April 8, the day before the season four finale aired.
A similar event was organized by three Wynonna fans from New York in 2018 when season four almost didn't go ahead. Postcards came in from across the world, including the U.K., Europe, Germany, the U.S. and Canada.
Apparently, though, the campaign wasn’t enough as the show was canceled following its fourth season. The creator of the show, Emily Andras, doesn’t want fans to give up hope for more shows in the future. “There’s always more story, especially in a show like Wynonna Earp,” says Andras. “There’s a million different ways to continue telling those stories. If we do a movie five or ten years from now, see where people are at, I would love to do something like that. There are a million different ways for this to live.”
The series can be seen currently, airing on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel.