The milestone 15th season of the hit Canadian mystery series Murdoch Mysteries will premiere in the US exclusively on Ovation TV.
Having joined the likes of ER, Supernatural, and Criminal Minds in the “15 Seasons Club,” Murdoch Mysteries will be thrilling stateside viewers once again when the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning series returns to telly south of the Canadian border.
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 15 premieres in the US on Saturday, February 26, at 7 PM ET, exclusively on Ovation TV, where it will air on Mystery Alley, the network’s Saturday night linear destination.
Season 14 was the highest-rated season of Murdoch Mysteries on Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, as well as the shortest in the show’s history, reduced to 11 episodes from 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But fans of the show can look forward to the longest season to date — with Season 15 having a whopping 24 episodes, including two directed by series star Yannick Bisson and one written by Maureen Jennings, author of the novels on which the TV series is based.
As with earlier seasons, Season 15 will entertain viewers with new stories featuring compelling mysteries with unique turn-of-the-century historic references that resonate with current and contemporary social issues.
In the new season opener, Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) journeys to Montreal, seeking to find and protect his son, Harry (Etienne Kellici), from the Black Hand gang. Murdoch’s wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), assists him with a challenging case at a women’s reformatory by going undercover, but back at the hospital she faces opposition and censure when she tries to assist a woman in grave pain, causing potentially irreparable damage to her career.
And there’s more: Brackenreid’s (Thomas Craig) son has sprung loose from jail and is on the run after a murder at the Kingston Pen; Crabtree (Jonny Harris) finds himself in a compromised situation as he tries to save Effie (Clare McConnell) from her kidnappers; Violet Hart (Shanice Banton) explores an interesting way to deal with her not-so-new husband; and Watts (Daniel Maslany), still embroiled in an illicit affair, encounters a brand-new murder mystery.
In other cases this season: A death threat is made against against Dr. Sigmund Freud when he and his colleagues, including Carl Jung, visit Toronto for a lecture. A violent clown is tormenting young lovers at Halloween, and the shooting of a political cartoonist at an awards ceremony appears to have ties to journalistic jealousy and new development projects in the city of Toronto. Later in the season, the murder of a stage manager with compromising film images of actress Mary Pickford could complicate her path to New York and stardom. And when Murdoch, Ogden, Harry, Crabtree, and a team of ragtag players attend an out-of-town basketball tournament, Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, is implicated in the murder of the mayor.
Guest stars in Season 15 include Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) as Private Investigator-turned-psychotic murderer Ralph Fellows; Peter Stebbings (Nurses) as inventive entrepreneur James Pendrick; Peter Keleghan (Workin’ Moms) as intrepid spy Terrence Myers in a bizarre covert situation; and a special appearance by the champion Toronto Raptors’ coach Nick Nurse.
For fans craving more Murdoch Mysteries content, Ovation TV will release a series of custom interstitials featuring interviews of the cast and writers getting candid about the evolution of the show over the years. Viewers are taken behind the curtain as the writers provide some tried-and-true tips in how to craft a masterful mystery and how, despite a 24-episode season, they never seem to run out of ideas for murders and fun historical cameo appearances. The show’s stars also hint at some exciting bombshells this season that will surely delight fans. On air, each premiere episode will feature a behind-the-scenes short-form vignette, with extended versions available on Ovation NOW.
Viewers who need to catch up on the series before the February 26th premiere can binge-watch past seasons for free on Ovation TV’s Mystery Alley, the free, ad-supported, curated-content offering currently available as a FAST channel and through the Ovation NOW app.
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