Toronto’s Murdoch Mysteries premieres on U.S. TV


Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch

Detective William Murdoch has found a home in the U.S. on Ovation, America’s only arts network, which has launched his popular mystery series as The Artful Detective. All seven seasons of the one-hour drama (96 episodes) have been acquired by Ovation, which is currently airing back-to-back episodes on Saturdays at 8pm ET, starting with season one. The series has already been licensed to broadcasters in more than 100 territories worldwide.

“We are thrilled that Detective Murdoch has found a home in the U.S. on Ovation,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. “The turn-of-the-century setting, combining sleuthing and invention, has made the series a stand out in the television landscape. We are confident that American audiences will be as charmed by Murdoch as the rest of the world has been.”

“The Detective Murdoch series has proved popular with broadcasters worldwide looking for quality drama for their schedules, and we’re delighted that Ovation’s viewers will also have the opportunity to watch this fantastic show,” said Craig Bohland, VP Sales, USA and Canada, ITV.

Based on Canadian author Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch novels set in late 1890s Toronto, The Artful Detective explores the intriguing turn-of-the-century world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson; Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye), a detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques and inventions in his quest to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s colleagues are coroner Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination for forensic science; Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching, Dispatching), Murdoch’s eager but sometimes naïve right-hand man; and Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch’s skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss.

Known as Murdoch Mysteries in Canada and international territories, the series is produced by Shaftesbury in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, UKTV’s Alibi, Citytv (Seasons 1 – 5) and CBC (Seasons 6 – 7), and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the COGECO Program Development Fund.

Season 7, which is currently in production in Toronto and Southern Ontario, premiered on CBC in Canada on September 30 to a series-high rating of 1.4 million. Season six completed its run in May 2013 as Canada’s top-rated homegrown drama and CBC’s most-watched scripted program for the winter season, with an average television viewership of 1.2 million.