MGM Television’s The Handmaid’s Tale will be honored as the 2017 Program of The Year at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival.

Yvonne Strahovski, star of Hulu’s critical favorite, and executive producer Warren Littlefield (Fargo) will receive the tribute during a gala ceremony on June 13, while the pair also plan a master class a day later.

The series, starring Elisabeth Moss, tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Moss) is a handmaid in the commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.

Wiley plays Moira, the college best friend of Offred, and her fellow handmaid-in-training at the Red Center. She’s also her link to life before the totalitarian society Gilead.  The cast also includes Max Minghella and Ann Dowd (The Leftovers’).

“Already renewed for a second season, The Handmaid’s Tale has instantly been recognized as one of the most compelling dramas on television,” Ferne Cohen, executive director of the Banff World Media Festival, said in a statement on Thursday.

Season two of the drama, based on the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood and shot in Canada, will return for its sophomore run in 2018. The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Bravo in Canada, and is also available internationally in Australia on SBS, Central Europe on HBO CE, in the UK on Channel 4 and is coming soon to Orange in France.

The 10-part series was created for TV by Bruce Miller (The 100), who serves as the series’ showrunner. Executive producers are Miller, Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Illene Chaiken.

The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and is distributed internationally by MGM. The 38th Banff World Media Festival is set to run from June 11 to 14 in the Canadian Rockies.

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