This Wednesday marks the debut of CBC’s latest offering in terms of scripted fare.
X Company is described as an emotionally driven character drama, set in the dangerous world of WWII espionage and cover operation. The series follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits from Canada, the United States and Great Britain who are torn from their ordinary lives and trained as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Based on a true story, the agents venture deep into enemy lines where they put themselves directly in the line of fire.
Dustin Milligan plays Tom Cummings on the series and is best described as the covert strategist of the group. Tom is a former Madison Avenue staffer who has an acute familiarity with the mechanics of persuasion, propaganda, and seduction. Despite initially offering a brash first impression, Tom has issues with killing people in general and his ‘we are all human’ philosophies put the Camp X team in quite a number of precarious positions. He is young enough to believe in his own invincibility while impulsive enough to not consider consequence.
Milligan has worked on a string of post-90210 projects. These include playing the lead in Demonic opposite Maria Bello and Cody Horn and Extract alongside Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck and Kristen Wiig. Most recently, the actor collaborated with Aaron Brooks to write, produce and star in his own feature, titled Bad City.
I recently caught up with Milligan and we discussed his decision to leave 90210 and then moved on to discuss X Company and his character. Milligan opened up how Tom has an issue with killing people (even if they fight for the other side) and whether that causes any tension with other members of the team. I asked Dustin to explain whether the show is more about the secret operations that the team completes or the dynamics between the team members themselves. Finally, the actor talks about whether he had to put on an American accent for the role. We end by saying a quick hello to our mutual friend, Shenae Grimes
Check out the video above!
X Company debuts this Wednesday February 18 at 9 p.m. on CBC
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.
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