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Ovation TV has set the US premiere date for Season 17 of the fan-favorite Canadian whodunit series Murdoch Mysteries. Check out the clip.

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Murdoch Mysteries: Helene Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden, Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch — Photo Credit: Stephen Scott, courtesy of Ovation TV

Perennial favorite Murdoch Mysteries returns to the US this weekend with Season 17!

The new 24-episode season includes an episode directed by series star Yannick Bisson, two episodes written by showrunner Peter Mitchell, and one episode written by Maureen Jennings, author of the popular “Murdoch Mysteries” novels, which inspired the television series.

Guest stars in Season 17 include author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Colm Feore (The Umbrella Academy), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Sharron Matthews (Frankie Drake Mysteries), Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall), Kristen Thomson (Cardinal), and Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown).

Following on from the Season 16 finale, the new season finds Detective William Murdoch’s (Yannick Bisson) future with the Toronto Constabulary in question after his resignation. In the wake of Inspector Thomas Brackenreid’s (Thomas Craig) retirement to the English countryside, it seemed the time for Murdoch to finally take charge was imminent, but he is passed over for promotion yet again. In the interim, Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) has been appointed Inspector, and his first case in this elevated role is a doozy: He must find Murdoch and Murdoch’s wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), who have been abducted to Rochester to exonerate a criminal — or else their baby will be killed!

Elsewhere in early 20th-century Toronto, Violet Hart (Shanice Banton) finds herself plagued by a lawsuit from her late husband’s family, who are determined to bankrupt her. Fortunately, she manages to hold onto a prized racehorse and a cottage in the woods. Unfortunately, there’s a scandal at the stables when another horse is electrocuted, and a supposedly serene visit to the cottage with Ogden, Effie Newsome-Crabtree (Clare McConnell), and Louise Cherry (Bea Santos) takes a terrifying turn when they encounter a group of girl adventurers being pursued by a murderous madman.

And joining Constable Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch) and Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) at the station house is Constable Tucker (Kenzie Delo, Titans, American Gods), a new officer who doesn’t have the most auspicious start: At his bachelor party at a rowdy oyster bar, he gets into a scuffle with a drunk who is later found dead.

But wait, there’s more! Season 17 includes the series’ first-ever musical episode, plus a case involving the ice pick-to-the-ear murder of a promising young composer, which features multiple symphonic sequences. Other cases this season involve the contract murder of a construction boss in a barbershop, violent clan rivalry at the Scottish Highland Games, a death linked to a psychic and fortunetelling event, and the Christmastime killings of some very naughty slum landlords and loan sharks.

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 17 premieres in the US on Saturday, February 10, at 7pm ET, on Ovation TV.

The series is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, Paul Aitken, Simon McNabb, and Peter Mitchell, and produced by Jeremy Hood and Julie Lacey. Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV Studios, 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 hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.


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