Ovation TV has set the US premiere date for Season 16 of the hugely-popular hit Canadian whodunit series Murdoch Mysteries. (Yay!)
Stateside fans of Detective William Murdoch, Doctor Julia Ogden, and the rest of the team at and around the Toronto Constabulary’s Station House Number Four, rejoice! We have a debut date for the new season!
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 16 premieres in the US on Saturday, February 11, at 7 PM ET, on Ovation TV.
As with Season 15, Season 16 consists of 24 episodes, of which one is directed by Emmy® Award winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), two are directed by series star Yannick Bisson, three are written by showrunner Peter Mitchell, and one is written by Maureen Jennings, author of the popular “Murdoch Mysteries” novels, on which the series is based.
The new season finds Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) settling into life with baby Susannah. With Murdoch’s innovative, time-saving devices entertaining their daughter and freeing up time, Ogden returns to her women’s clinic. But domestic bliss is far from reality for a now-brokenhearted Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), who left his betrothed, Effie Newsome (Clare McConnell), at the altar, as his aunt’s prophecy foretold that marrying her would sign her death certificate. Murdoch and Ogden are confounded, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) is indignant, and Constable Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch) thinks Crabtree got cold feet and used the curse as an excuse. However, he starts to suspect that Crabtree’s aunt might have ulterior motives, so he enlists Effie and Louise Cherry (Bea Santos) to find out more.
There seem to be nefarious goings-on in Violet Hart (Shanice Banton) and Arthur Carmichael’s (James Graham) world, too. After her menacing father, Maurice Majors (Roger Cross), appeared to extort her and her husband, as well as threaten Brackenreid for a past misdeed, he has apparently died. But has he? When a coffin shipped to New York arrives full of dirt, and a corpse mysteriously rises from a pauper’s grave, killing two men, Murdoch wonders how desperate and depraved Hart might be.
Meanwhile, Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) has gone missing from both work and Toronto, presumably with his paramour, Jack the butcher (Jesse Lavercombe), and his infant, Samuel. Brackenreid tracks him down to New York to warn the men that their domestic situation is in jeopardy, owing to the toddler’s grandparents’ hiring of an odious private investigator. While there, Brackenreid lets his defenses down and suddenly finds that not only is Watts’s future in peril, so, too, is his own.
Each season of Murdoch Mysteries has terrific guest stars, and lending their talents to Season 16 are Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls) as Crabtree’s clairvoyant Auntie Oleander, Sean Cullen (The Kids in the Hall) as Rudyard Kipling, and Christopher Heyerdahl (Van Helsing) as a stoic Mennonite elder. Returning to the series are fan favorites Peter Stebbings (Bates Motel) as inventive entrepreneur James Pendrick, and Peter Keleghan (Workin’ Moms) as the intrepid and occasionally annoying spy Terrence Myers.
But wait, there’s more! Season 16 also features special appearances by International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield, Olympic champion Andre De Grasse, and renowned historian Morgan Ross.
Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, Paul Aitken, Simon McNabb, and Peter Mitchell, who also serves as showrunner, and produced by Jeremy Hood and Julie Lacey. The series is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the IPF’s COGECO Television Production Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and Ontario Creates. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.
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