Fans of CBC Television’s hit Bear Witness Mysteries can expect an explosive finale, the show’s creator’s say, as the series comes to an end this Friday after eight award-winning seasons.
The show, about a world-famous Indigenous DJ who moves to the small, fictional Ontario town of Blueberry Winds to open a private detective agency, was a ratings jackpot for the network.
“I’m really going to miss playing this character, who in many ways will always have a place inside me,” said Bear Witness, who is also a famous Indigenous artist in real life.
“It’s really been an honour to be a part of this incredible show,” added Graham Greene, who often guest-starred as Witness’ cantankerous yet wise uncle Petey Witness.
Speaking to reporters on the show’s set in Huntsville, Ont., Witness said that the time was right to leave the series. A grueling shooting schedule often put him at odds with the other members of his musical group, A Tribe Called Red.
The show’s creators offered few clues about how the series will end but did hint that Bear Witness may finally face off with the villainous Dr. Maudlin, played by character actor Gordon Pinsent.
As for whether fans can expect a film version of the show, Witness was coy.
“Never say never,” he said with a wink.