Upcoming Content on AMC Networks





Over the next two weeks, AMC Networks will roll out an exciting lineup of premieres and all-new episodes across its suite of SVOD services and linear channels, including:

· Premieres of Ten Percent (Sundance Now, AMC+, BBC America), ​​Signora Volpe (Acorn TV), Virus :32 (Shudder) and The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs (Shudder)

· Finales of That Dirty Black Bag (AMC+), Harry Wild (Acorn TV), Hidden Assets (Acorn TV) and Cursed Films II (Shudder).

· All-new episodes of Cursed Films II (Shudder), Fear The Walking Dead, Season 7B (AMC, AMC+), 61st Street (AMC, AMC+), Better Call Saul (AMC, AMC+), Harry Wild (Acorn TV), Murdoch Mysteries, Season 15 (Acorn TV) and That Dirty Black Bag (AMC+)

Series details are included below (in chronological order):

THAT DIRTY BLACK BAG – AMC+

“Chapter Seven: The Plan” – Premieres Thursday, April 21 on AMC+
In the wake of the shoot-offs with Bronson’s men, Red Bill and McCoy must come together for a common goal. Elsewhere, Thompson’s pressure on Steve reaches a boiling point.

“Chapter Eight: The Plan” – Premieres Thursday, April 28 on AMC+ *SEASON FINALE*

Red Bill and McCoy’s quest for Bronson comes to a breaking point, as impossible decisions and realizations are made. Bronson takes a new step toward power, and Steve faces Thompson in a final stand-off.

CURSED FILMS II – SHUDDER

Episode 203 – “Stalker” – Premieres Thursday, April 21 on Shudder

The reputation of Stalker is preceded only by its director, Andrei Tarkovsky, a quintessential auteur whose attention to detail was continually challenged by a series of production disasters: Damaged film stock, earthquakes, sickness. The film’s mystical qualities have also inspired some to believe Stalker predicted the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and more eerily, the death of its own director. Tarkovsky historians Robert Bird and Sean Martin, alongside cinematographer Roger Deakins, attempt to separate the facts from the myths.

Episode 204 – “Serpent and the Rainbow” – Premieres Thursday, April 28 on Shudder

Wes Craven and his crew set out on a great adventure–the staging of a major motion picture production in Haiti at the tail end of a violent political revolution. The film, The Serpent and the Rainbow, is based on the true experiences of anthropologist Wade Davis, who details his unbelievable search for an elusive “zombie powder”, and the complicated relationship he has with Craven’s interpretation of his story. Producer David Ladd and actors Bill Pullman and Cathy Tyson recount the challenges and strange occurrences they experienced on set.

Episode 205 – “Cannibal Holocaust” – Premieres Thursday, May 5 on Shudder *SEASON FINALE*

Cursed Films travels to Roma, Italy to discuss the making of what is arguably the most controversial horror film ever made. Writer/Director Ruggero Deodato discusses the film from concept through creation, including the famous court case that saw him defending himself for the murder of a performer in the heart of the Amazon. Meanwhile, his cast and crew detail the struggles they faced while trying to meet the expectations of a demanding director, who continually pushed them towards their breaking point.

TEN PERCENT – SUNDANCE NOW, AMC+, BBC America

Episode 101- Premieres Friday, April 29 on Sundance Now and AMC+. Encores on BBC America Sunday, May 1

The agents of Nightingale Hart navigate their clients’ careers in the bustling world of London’s entertainment industry. Dan (Prasanna Puwanarajah, Patrick Melrose) struggles with delivering bad news while an unexpected arrival throws Jonathan (Jack Davenport, The Morning Show) off balance. Guest Starring: Kelly Macdonald (Line of Duty, Trainspotting)

Episode 102- Premieres Friday, April 29 on Sundance Now and AMC+. Encores on BBC America Sunday, May 8

Reeling from a devastating loss, the agents cope in different ways as tensions flare over how to move forward. Jonathan (Jack Davenport, The Morning Show) and Rebecca (Lydia Leonard, Last Christmas) find themselves at odds over a mix-up involving A-list clients. Guest Starring: Helena Bonham Carter (The Harry Potter series, The Crown), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, An Education)

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – AMC, AMC+

Episode 710 – “Mourning Cloak” – Premieres Sunday, April 24 at 9 pm ET/8c on AMC (Now Streaming on AMC+)

When Charlie shows up at the tower unexpectedly, Howard recruits a young Ranger in training to determine the reason for her visit. As they journey beyond the tower together, Charlie’s true motives are revealed.

Episode 711 – “Ofelia” – Premieres Sunday, May 1 at 9 pm ET/8c on AMC (Streaming Sunday, April 24 on AMC+)

Luciana and Wes test the limits of their patience when Daniel’s worsening mental state ends up endangering them all.

Episode 712 – “Sonny Boy” – Premieres Sunday May 8 at 9pm ET/8c on AMC (Streaming Sunday, May 1 on AMC+)

Dorie Sr searches for baby Mo as Strand grows increasingly paranoid.

61ST STREET – AMC, AMC+

Episode 103 – Premieres Sunday, April 24 at 10 pm ET/9c on AMC.

Officer Logan begins to question his own department, while Lieutenant Brannigan presses Moses for a confession. Franklin revisits the crime scene, finding a new angle for the defense.

Episode 104 – Premieres Sunday, May 1 at 10 pm ET/9c on AMC.

While waiting for bond, Moses adjusts to jail. Brannigan opens up to Logan. After stumbling on evidence of police misconduct, Franklin continues to put together a defense. Joshua makes a discovery.

SIGNORA VOLPE – ACORN TV

Episode 101 – “An Anxious Aunt” – Premieres Monday, May 2 on Acorn TV *SERIES PREMIERE*

Sylvia Fox (Emilia Fox, Silent Witness) goes to Umbria, Italy, for the wedding of her niece, Alice (Issy Knopfler.) But the groom, Tommaso, disappears, leaving a woman’s body in the lake at the bottom of his garden. Drawing on the skills she’s acquired as an MI6 operative, Sylvia investigates, and discovers that Tommaso has a very shady past, working for criminal boss Richelmo Gregori – the brother of the dead woman.

HARRY WILD- ACORN TV

Episode 107 – “The Mystery of Granny Susan’s Fun Time Wig” – Premieres Monday, April 25 on Acorn TV

When the matriarch of a wealthy Dublin is strangled to death during a video call in front of her horrified relatives, the dead woman’s daughter employs the service of the newly formed Wild/Reid Detective Agency. The agency being Fergus’ brainchild, Harry is as surprised as anyone to discover it exists but agrees to indulge Fergus’ ingenuity.

Episode 108 – “No One Here Gets Out Alive” – Premieres Monday, April 25 on Acorn TV *SEASON FINALE*

Zoe McCann is a damaged young woman, a recovering addict fighting each day to slay her demons. But when Zoe is abducted only to wake up in a forest wearing a vintage ball gown, her sanity and resolve are pushed to their limit. Terrified that her unknown abductor will come back for her, her path leads to Harry and Fergus.

HIDDEN ASSETS – ACORN TV

Episode 103 Premieres Monday, April 25 on Acorn TV; Two New Episodes Weekly

Emer (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk) has Fionn Brannigan firmly in her sights. As the net closes in around him, Bibi is feeling the pressure too. Especially when her wayward brother reaches out for help.

Episode 104 Premieres Monday, April 25 on Acorn TV; Two New Episodes Weekly

Emer’s (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk) in Antwerp to help search for Fionn Brannigan. Looks like she and Christian (Wouter Hendrickx, Infiltrant) have hit a dead end when a forensics breakthrough changes everything.

Episode 105 Premieres Monday, May 2 on Acorn TV; Two New Episodes Weekly

While her team follows the money trail in Ireland, Emer (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk) and Christian (Wouter Hendrickx, Infiltrant) discover the real identity of the bombers. And a very unexpected source provides the investigation with invaluable information.

Episode 106 Premieres Monday, May 2 on Acorn TV; Two New Episodes Weekly *SEASON FINALE*

With Bibi now in custody, Emer (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk) and Christian (Wouter Hendrickx, Infiltrant) face a desperate race against time to stop the final bombing and uncover who was really behind the terrorist campaign. And why.

MURDOCH MYSTERIES- ACORN TV

Episode 1509- “The Lady Vanishes” – Premieres Monday, April 25 on Acorn TV

After kidnappers break into Rupert Newsome’s house and abduct his wife, Lucinda, in front of the family, a hefty ransom is demanded. Ruth volunteers Higgins, who heads to the drop point but warns Crabtree that if he doesn’t call back in an hour, there’s been trouble. When Higgins fails to call, Murdoch’s frantic search leads to a warehouse with an ominous message.

Episode 1510- “Drawn in Blood” – Premieres Monday, May 2 on Acorn TV

At an awards ceremony, Ogden is thrilled by a generous pledge from Councilman Rekker for her women’s health center. Then the night’s honoree, satirical cartoonist Rexford Denison, is accosted by a businessman claiming his poison pen ruined him. Moments later Denison is shot dead. After a scathing cartoon of Rekker and the mayor’s wife is published, Ogden’s prime backer becomes the prime suspect.

BETTER CALL SAUL – AMC, AMC+

Episode 603 – “Rock and Hard Place” – Premieres Monday, April 25 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on AMC and AMC+

Still on the run, Nacho is forced to choose where his loyalties lie. Jimmy doubles down.

Episode 604 – “Hit and Run” – Premieres Monday, May 2 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on AMC and AMC+

Gus takes extreme measures. Jimmy and Kim enlist a local pro to put on a show.

VIRUS :32 – SHUDDER

Premieres Thursday, April 21 on Shudder

In Virus :32, a virus breaks out and a chilling massacre rages through the streets. The sick become hunters, and only calm their fever by unscrupulously killing all those not yet infected. Unaware of this, Iris (Paula Silva, In The Quarry) and her daughter spend the day in the sports club where Iris works as a security guard. When night falls, their fight for survival beings. Their only hope of salvation arrives when they discover that after each attack, the infected seem to stop for 32 seconds of calm before attacking again.

THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS – SHUDDER

Season 4 premieres Friday, April 29 on Shudder TV

Proving once again that “the drive-in will never die,” iconic horror host and exploitation movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs is back with a new season Fridays on Shudder TV and Sundays on demand. Every week, The Last Drive-In series offers an eclectic pairing of films, running the gamut from horror classics to obscurities and international cult favorites. And from time to time, special surprise guests will drop in on Joe Bob and Darcy the Mail Girl. Episodes air weekly on Fridays at 9pm live on Shudder TV and are available on-demand on Shudder and AMC+ the following Sunday.



AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES

NEW SERIES, FILMS, SPECIALS AND MORE NOW STREAMING ON AMC NETWORKS’ SUITE OF TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES THIS FEBRUARY
New York, NY – January 19, 2021 – This February, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Agatha Raisin Season 4 (Acorn TV Original)
Three 2-Part Mysteries Premiere Mondays Beginning February 7 Through February 21

The Agatha Raisin Detective Agency continues to thrive as there is no shortage of mysteries for our heroine to solve. Determined not to spend her time dwelling on her AWOL on-and-off partner James, Agatha (Ashley Jensen, Catastrophe, Ugly Betty) and her happy band of misfits crack more cases including a jam competition that spirals out of control and a seaside murder that has links to a long-forgotten jewelry heist. However, when James finally returns, he has interesting news of his own. (Photos)

Aftertaste (Acorn TV Exclusive)
New Series Binge Premieres Mondays Beginning February 14

When his latest outburst goes viral, volatile celebrity chef Easton West (Erik Thomson, 800 Words) flees back to his hometown and tries to reinvent himself through an unlikely partnership with his 19-year-old pastry wunderkind niece, Diana (Natalie Abbott). Easton realizes that Diana represents everything he’s not and takes her under his wing in an effort to crawl his way back to relevance. But what price is Diana willing to pay to work with her infamously difficult uncle? Also starring Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Total Control) and Peter Carroll (Sleeping Beauty).

Conviction: The Case of Stephen Lawrence (Acorn TV Original)
Full Season Binge Premiere on Monday, February 21

On April 22nd, 1993, an 18-year-old Black student, Stephen Lawrence, was murdered in a racially motivated attack in London. This powerful three-part scripted miniseries tells the story of the struggle by Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence (Sharlene Whyte, We Hunt Together and Hugh Quarshie, Holby City), to achieve justice and how a detective, Clive Driscoll (Steve Coogan, Philomena) – working closely with the Lawrences – put together an investigation that finally, more than 18 years after his death, secures the convictions of Stephen’s murderers.

Murdoch Mysteries Season 15 (Acorn TV Exclusive)
New Season Premieres Mondays Beginning February 28 Through August 8

This internationally acclaimed period drama returns with all new compelling mysteries featuring unique turn-of-the-century historic references that resonate with current and contemporary social issues. This one-hour drama is set in Toronto in the late 1890s and early 1900s during the age of invention, where Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), the methodical detective and his impassioned wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) enlist radical forensic techniques like fingerprinting and ultraviolet light to solve a range of gruesome murders.

On ALLBLK:

Double Cross Season 3 Episode 1 (ALLBLK Original Drama)
New Season Premieres Thursdays Beginning February 3

This season, the vigilante twins Eric (Jeff Logan) and Erica Cross (Ashley A. Williams) are teaming up with the very person who has been trying to put them in jail for murder. Detective Ryan (Darrin Dewitt Henson) finds himself seeking the help of the twins to find his missing daughter, Layla, who was taken by the twins’ own sister, Robin Cross (Judi Johnson). The task becomes an undertaking after it is discovered that Layla was in fact taken from Robin and given to higher ups in the trafficking ring. Time is of the essence, as they only have days before Layla is auctioned off.

Social Society Season 2 (ALLBLK Original Talk Show)
New Season Premieres Mondays Beginning February 7

A one-hour sketch comedy variety show bringing some of your favorite “instafamous” sketch comedians together for laughs, live performances, and the latest in today’s entertainment news. Each week, viewers will tune in to watch Kendall Kyndall and his new co-hosts, give their take on the week’s entertainment highlights, life hacks, and social media buzz.

Staycation (ALLBLK Feature Film) *WORLD PREMIERE
New Film Premieres Thursday, February 10

Divorce is on the horizon for Kyle (Shelton Jolivette) and Dawn (Jennifer Freeman), but before they call it quits, their marriage counselor gives them a final homework assignment. They must spend three days together in a house, ALONE. During their stay, the causes for their marital woes emerge. With these new revelations, they must decide if they are going to stay together or abandon their love forever.

Cast: Jennifer Freeman, Shelton Jolivette, Amelia Jeffries, Kendrick Brown

On AMC+:

The Walking Dead Season 11B
Debuts Sunday, February 13; Episodes Released One Week Ahead of AMC

The Walking Dead returns with many of our heroes fighting imminent hellfire under Reaper attack; while others battle Mother Nature’s torrential wrath in Alexandria. For all, their world is literally crashing down around them. Meanwhile, life in the Commonwealth is not as idyllic as it seems. Will they be able to pick up the pieces and who will be alive to help? Will their relationships heal or fracture? Will olive branches be extended, accepted, or rejected? For some, hope will be renewed. Others will be pushed past the point of no return. One truth holds tight: Lives hang in the balance with each decision drastically changing their future, their chances of survival, and the state of each community.

Killing Eve Season 4
Final Season Debuts with a Two-Episode Premiere Sunday, February 27

After the emotional climax of Season 3, Eve (Golden Globe® winner Sandra Oh), Villanelle (Emmy® Award winner Jodie Comer) and Carolyn (BAFTA winner Fiona Shaw) are in very different places. Following Eve and Villanelle’s exchange on the bridge, Eve is on a revenge mission, while Villanelle has found a brand-new community in an attempt to prove she’s not a “monster.” Having killed Paul, Carolyn goes to extraordinary lengths to continue to chase down The Twelve and the person that ordered Kenny’s hit. This season follows our extraordinary women, each driven by passion, revenge and obsession, building towards a messy, nuanced and totally glorious series finale.

A Discovery of Witches Season 3
New Episodes Continue Saturdays; Series Finale February 19

In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final instalment.

La Fortuna (AMC+ Original)
New Episodes Continue Thursdays; Season Finale February 17

In La Fortuna, Álex Ventura (Álvaro Mel), a young and inexperienced diplomat, unintentionally becomes the leader of a mission that will put all his convictions to the test: to recover the sunken treasure stolen by Frank Wild (Stanley Tucci), an adventurer who travels the world plundering items of common heritage from the depths of the sea. Forming a unique team with Lucía (Ana Polvorosa), a combative public official, and Jonas Pierce (Clarke Peters), a brilliant American lawyer with a passion for old pirate tales, Álex sets out on the adventure of a lifetime, on which he learns about the importance of love, friendship and commitment to your own beliefs.

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

What Keeps You Alive
Film Premieres Wednesday, February 2

One woman must survive her wife’s twisted secret in this terrifying cat and mouse thriller. Starring Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac, Joey Klein.

Swallow
Film Premieres Wednesday, February 2

A newly pregnant housewife develops a strange and dangerous compulsion to consume inedible objects in this provocative psychological thriller. Starring Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Denis O’Hare.

Radioflash
Film Premieres Wednesday, February 16

In the aftermath of an apocalyptic power outage, a young woman encounters the horrors awaiting her in the darkness as she tries to reunite her family and fight for survival. Starring Brighton Sharbino (The Walking Dead), Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Moonhaven) and Will Patton (Yellowstone).

On SHUDDER:

A Discovery of Witches Season 3
New Episodes Continue Saturdays; Series Finale February 19

In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final instalment. (Trailer – Key Art)

Joe Bob’s Heartbreak Trailer Park (Shudder Original)
New Valentine’s Day Special Premieres Friday, February 11

Love (and a tinge of horror) is in the air for The Last Drive-In’s new special! Joe Bob Briggs will be joined by special guests for a double feature of two unique films that explore the heartbreaking side of Valentine’s Day.

Hellbender (Shudder Original)
New Film Premieres Thursday, February 24

In this occult coming-of-age horror film, 16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) suffers from a rare illness that has kept her isolated on a mountaintop with her mother (Toby Poser) her whole life. As Izzy begins to question her sickness, she pushes back against her confinement and secretly befriends Amber (Lulu Adams), another girl living on the mountain, but her newfound happiness is derailed after she eats a live worm as part of a juvenile game and finds an insatiable and violent hunger awakened within her. To understand the hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family’s past and the ancient power in her bloodline.

On SUNDANCE NOW:

State of The Union (SundanceTV/Sundance Now Original)
Season 2 Premieres Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14

Emmy® award-winning short form drama series, State of the Union returns with Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) and Esco Jouléy (High Maintenance) leading the second installment of the innovative format, 10 episodes, each 10 minutes in length. Written by Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, An Education) and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, A Very English Scandal), State of the Union cleverly explores relationships and the human experience. In this season, liberal campaigning Ellen (Clarkson) drags her traditional, self-made husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have ten minutes before their marriage counseling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts and argue about everything from Quakerism to pronouns. Amongst the bickering they also discuss betrayals from their past, how they’re changing as people, and what the future of their relationship might look like in a changing world.

A Discovery of Witches Season 3
New Episodes Continue Saturdays; Series Finale February 19

In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final instalment.

Total Control Season 2 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
New Episodes Continue Thursdays; Season Finale February 24

In Season 1, fearless Indigenous senator Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman, The Sapphires, Offspring) engineered a remarkable coup, unseating the Prime Minister and the woman who betrayed her, Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding). But now she faces the ultimate test in a democratic system: the nation is going to the polls and Alex will have to face the judgement of the people by running as an Independent. She’ll be ready for the inevitable dirty campaign tactics and to compete again the well-financed machinery of the major parties, but that won’t make things easier. Alex will be confronted by vile online trolls, threats to her family and political opponents riled by the audacity of a Black woman using her voice. Can she survive a system determined to shake everything she values?

https://www.sundancenow.com/play/e8162a928be1cfdc

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Ovation TV Presents the Exclusive U.S. Premiere of “Murdoch Mysteries”





Ovation TV Presents the Exclusive U.S. Premiere of “Murdoch Mysteries” Season 15 on Saturday, February 26
The new season will be the series’ longest to date with a total of 24 episodes, including two episodes directed by series star Yannick Bisson and one episode written by Maureen Jennings, author of the novels on which the TV series is based.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
OVATION TV PRESENTS THE EXCLUSIVE U.S. PREMIERE OF “MURDOCH MYSTERIES” SEASON 15 ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

The Mystery Series Reaches a TV Milestone with Season 15, Joining the Ranks of Other Beloved Long-Running Series like ER, Supernatural, and Criminal Minds

Los Angeles, CA – December 16, 2021 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, announces the return of its successful detective series Murdoch Mysteries with a record fifteenth season, coming off the heels of season fourteen, the series’ highest rated season on the network. As the internationally acclaimed series returns to Mystery Alley, the network’s Saturday night linear destination, audiences will continue to experience compelling mysteries with unique turn-of-the-century historic references that resonate with current and contemporary social issues. The fifteenth season will be the series’ longest to date with a total of twenty-four episodes, including two episodes directed by series star Yannick Bisson and one episode written by Maureen Jennings, author of the novels on which the TV series is based. Ovation TV presents the exclusive U.S. premiere of Murdoch Mysteries season 15 on Saturday, February 26th at 7pm ET.

Need to catch up on the series before the February 26th premiere? Past seasons of the juggernaut series are available to binge for free on Ovation TV’s Mystery Alley, a curated content offering currently available as a FAST channel on Plex, DistroTV, and Freebie.tv, and through the Ovation NOW app on Roku, iOS, Apple TV, Android. Mystery Alley is a free ad-supported viewing experience that provides Murdoch fans with countless hours of the series to relive.

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.

Season fifteen opens with Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) as he 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. Elsewhere, 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.

Other cases this season include a death threat against Dr. Sigmund Freud when he and his colleagues, including Carl Jung, visit Toronto for a lecture. At Halloween, a violent clown is tormenting young lovers 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.

Season fifteen’s guest stars include Colin Mochrie as Private Investigator-turned-psychotic murderer Ralph Fellows, Peter Stebbings as inventive entrepreneur James Pendrick, Peter Keleghan as intrepid spy Terrence Myers in a bizarre covert situation, and a special appearance by the champion Toronto Raptors’ coach Nick Nurse.

For more information about previous seasons, please visit https://www.ovationtv.com/murdoch-mysteries/.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Arts Engines, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Midsomer Murders, The Art Of, Celebrity Conversations, and The Sound of New York. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 130 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Upcoming DVD Releases




COMING ON 10/5:
* Midsomer Murders – Limited Edition Halloween Pop-Up Collectible (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD

—–Barnaby and Jones discover that Midsomer County is home to a secret pagan cult after one of its more prominent members is murdered. Suspicion initially falls on the author of a book alleging that the sect’s rituals are merely the product of drink and an overactive imagination. But soon it seems that all of the members of the Magic Circle have something to hide. Single-disc title.

* Murdoch Mysteries – Limited Edition Halloween Pop-Up Collectible (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD

—–Murdoch and the team face off against Halloween horrors in these two episodes from the beloved series: Sir. Sir? Sir!!!: When several people behave oddly after a meteor shower, Crabtree believes it’s up to him to defend Earth from an alien invasion; Murdoch and the Cursed Caves: A couples’ camping trip on Halloween takes a turn for the worse when two are seemingly killed by a giant beast. Single-disc title.

* Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries – Series 2 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD; $49.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Full of lively wit, surprising twists, and gorgeous period detail, the 1960s-set spinoff to the beloved Australian mystery series returns with new adventures for Phryne Fisher’s plucky niece, Peregrine (Geraldine Hakewill, Wanted). Now established as a private detective, Peregrine works out of the Melbourne Adventuress Club with assistance from tough former spy Birdie Birnside (Catherine McClements, Wentworth) and brilliant biologist Violetta Fellini (Louisa Mignone, Secret City). With her partner in crime-solving, Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson, Peter Allen), Peregrine contends with a double homicide after a swingers party, the murder of a flight attendant trainee, a human death at a dog show, a brawl between rockers and mods, and more. But her budding romance with the handsome copper is threatened by society’s expectations for women, and the resulting strain makes working with the police even more difficult. 2-disc set in either format.

* Designated Survivor – The Complete Series (eOne)
$54.97 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: President Kirkman’s Complete First Speech; Designated Survivor Debrief; Secret Service Set Tour; First Look; New Characters; White House; The Fans
—–Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack. 15-disc set.
NOTE: we’ve chosen to list this under the release date of 10/5…but there is different studio-provided info: one says 10/5 is the street date, and another says 10/12 – if this item comes out on 10/12 instead, do not be surprised!
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COMING ON 10/12:
* Superman: The Animated Series – The Complete Series (Warner)
$69.99 SRP Blu-ray
NOTE: this title is not available for pre-order as of this writing
EXTRAS: Superman: Timeless Icon (New Featurette) – An all-new bonus feature, produced specifically for the remastered Blu-ray release of Superman: The Animated Series, reveals the complicated journey of the show and those who created the new mythology for The Man of Steel, as told by producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, writer Bob Goodman, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, and Tim Daly & Clancy Brown, the heralded voices of Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively; A Little Piece of Trivia (Featurette) – So you think you know your Superman trivia? Wait until you hear about the series’ connection to Telly Savalas! A brain teaser to entertain every Superman: The Animated Series fan! Superman: Learning to Fly (Featurette) – Get into the minds of the creative team behind Superman: The Animated Series as they detail the birth of this animated version of Superman and his incredible worlds. Featured speakers include producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker; Building the Mythology: Superman’s Supporting Cast (Featurette) – The characters around Superman get the spotlight in this in-depth look at everyone from Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White to Maggie Sawyer, Lana Lang, and Ma & Pa Kent. Producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker give viewers the inside scoop; Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman (Featurette) – Your hero is only as good as the villains around him, and Superman: The Animated Series has a rogues’ gallery of top-grade baddies, including traditional opponents Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman and Parasite, as well as new villains created for the series – like Live Wire and Luminus. Producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, directors James Tucker and Dan Riba and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano give us a tour of the villains; The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman (Featurette) – Darkseid takes center stage in this examination of one of The Man of Steel’s most vicious adversaries, plus other Fourth World characters that appear in Superman: The Animated Series. The featurette includes producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami, writers Rich Fogel and Stan Berkowitz, director James Tucker and Charles Hatfield (Department of English, Cal State Northridge); Audio Commentaries: Stolen Memories – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Curt Geda and art director/producer Glen Murakami, The Last Son of Krypton: Part 1 – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami, The Main Man: Part 2 – producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami; Video Commentary: Mxyzpixilated – producer Bruce Timm, producer/writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and moderator Jason Hillhouse
—–Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), the Emmy Award-winning Superman: The Animated Series was the perfect follow-up to the landmark Batman: The Animated Series. Producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett elevated The Man of Steel’s animated presence with an imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane, and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, and more. This remarkable box set features nearly 21 hours of entertainment spread over 6 Blu-ray discs, including all 54 exciting episodes, which have been remastered from the original 35mm Interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio (4×3). Tim Daly (Madame Secretary, Private Practice, Wings) led the cast as Clark Kent and Superman, alongside Dana Delany (Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives, China Beach) as Lois Lane, David Kaufman (Danny Phantom, Stuart Little) as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown (Dexter, The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) as Lex Luthor. The star-studded cast included series regulars – and their characters – Lauren Tom (Angela Chen), Victor Brandt (Professor Hamilton), Corey Burton (Brainiac), Joseph Bologna (Dan Turpin), George Dzundza (Perry White), Brad Garrett (Bibbo Bibbowski), Shelley Fabares (Martha Kent), Joanna Cassidy (Maggie Sawyer), Lisa Edelstein (Mercy Graves), Mike Farrell (Jonathan Kent), and Michael Ironside (Darkseid). Notable series guest stars featured Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Dean Jones, Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Morse, Al Roker, Brian Cox, Jason Priestley, Peter Gallagher, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Christopher McDonald, Bruce Weitz, Andrea Martin, Miguel Ferrer, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Laraine Newman, Nancy Travis, Xander Berkeley, Jonathan Harris, John Glover, Sandra Bernhard, Jack Carter, Ernie Hudson, Henry Silva, and Robert Patrick.
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COMING ON 10/19:
* Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends (MPI)
$24.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Rare footage celebrating Dolly Parton Day
—–The day after Dolly Parton graduated from high school in rural Tennessee, she was off to Nashville and quickly became a giant in country music. As a singer, songwriter and actress, she became one of the world’s most iconic and beloved entertainers. In 1967, Porter Wagoner hired Dolly to sing on his weekly TV show. They worked together for over a decade, and enjoyed many hit duets before and after Dolly’s solo career took off with her classics Coat of Many Colors, Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and others. This special collection features historic performances from The Porter Wagoner Show and the Dolly series, spanning 1967-1977, and includes favorite songs not only by Dolly and Porter but other great country artists such as Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bare, Hank Locklin, Freddy Fender, Nat Stuckey, Jack Greene and others, including a special appearance by Dolly’s musical family. 2-disc set.

* Maude – The Complete Series (Shout!)
$74.98 SRP DVD

—–Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women…and then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, on DVD from Shout! Factory. Created by Norman Lear (All in the Family), Maude pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year network run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way. Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan)…and of course, the amazing Ms. Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy award, Bea Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms. 18-disc set.
NOTE: this title was first released on DVD in 2015, but that was a 19-disc set which is on its way out of print…once it sells out, it will be gone; this new 18-disc version will have all the episodes found in the previous release, but lacks the 19th DVD in the set, which was a Bonus Disc full of all the extras (we presume Shout!’s license for many of those extras has expired, necessitating the new bare-bones version of this item)
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COMING ON 10/26:
* The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius – The Complete Series (Shout!)
$64.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: in progress, and will be announced at a later date, and will be contained on a separate bonus disc from the episodes (the 10th disc of a 10-disc set)
—–Includes All Three Seasons! Blast off with The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Compete Series! Join Jimmy as he invents gadgets, with his robot dog Goddard by his side, to improve his daily life situations. The inventions almost always go awry, leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen. All systems are go for gadgetry-fueled mischief! 10-disc set.

* The Heart Guy – Series 5 (RLJ/Acorn)
$59.99 SRP DVD

—–In the final season, surgeon Hugh (Rodger Corser) and his dysfunctional family face big challenges as the hospital closes and a new arrival throws the town into turmoil. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 11/2:
* Kung Fu – The Complete 1st Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister Althea (Shannon Dang) and Althea’s fiancé Dennis (Tony Chung), pre-med brother Ryan (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend Evan (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest Henry (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the ruthless assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai) and is now targeting her. 3-disc set in either format.



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 7/13:
* Pennyworth – The Complete 2nd Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD; $29.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

—–A year after the explosive events of last season, England finds itself embroiled in a devastating civil war, with the powerful, neo-fascist Raven Union, led by Lord Harwood (Jason Flemyng) threatening to control the entire country. North London remains one of the few resistance holdouts remaining. It’s here in the West End Neutral Zone, that we find Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). After years in the British Army, his training with the SAS has taught him to be a cynical optimist – expecting the worst, but knowing that he can handle it. Now running The Delaney, a black-market Soho club that welcomes everyone, regardless of their politics, Alfred – with his SAS mates “Bazza” (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) and “Daveboy” (Ryan Fletcher) – is now in search of a way out…before London, and his country, burns itself to the ground. And he’s got his eye on America. 3-disc set on DVD format, and 2-disc set on BD format.

* Cold Feet: The New Years – Season 3 (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The eighth overall season of this comedy drama focuses on three Manchester couples experiencing the ups-and-downs of romance. 2-disc set.

* Cold Feet: The New Years – Season 4 (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The ninth overall season of this comedy drama focuses on three Manchester couples experiencing the ups-and-downs of romance. 2-disc set.

* C.B. Strike – Season 4: Lethal White (Warner Archives)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Cormoran Strike is a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in unraveling three complex cases. Based on the books by J.K. Rowliing (under the pen name she used, “Robert Galbraith”).
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COMING ON 7/20:
* Head of the Class – The Complete 3rd Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Laid-back substitute Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman, WKRP in Cincinnati) continues to guide his ultra-gifted charges in the Individualized Honors Program (IHP) as they navigate their junior year of high school, in the third season of this fan-favorite sitcom. The high-Q kids of IHP start the season with a bang in the (literally) history-making Back in the U.S.S.R. and Mission to Moscow, Parts 1 and 2, as they travel behind the no-longer-Iron Curtain for a rematch with their first-season Russian academic opponents in the first American sitcom to shoot on location in the then-Soviet Union. After their crash course in dating and detente, the IHP’s Arvid (Dan Frischman), Maria (Leslie Bega), Darlene (Robin Givens), Jawaharlal (Jory Husain), Janice (Tannis Vallely), Eric (Brian Robbins), Dennis (Dan Schneider), Sarah (Kimberly Russell), Alan (Tony O’Dell) and Simone (Khrystyne Haje) return to face the year with awkward aplomb. 3-disc set.
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COMING ON 7/27:
* The Herculoids – The Complete Original Series (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

—–Somewhere out in deep space, and out of the creative imagination of the animation aces at Hanna-Barbera Studios, live the Herculoids. Humanoid Zandor along with his wife, Tara, and son, Dorno leads a group of unique creatures: Zok the flying dragon, powerful simian Igoo (who has rocklike skin), rhinoceros hybrid Tundro and two protoplasmic wonders appropriately named Gloop and Gleep. Together, they use their diverse super-strengths to defend their utopian planet against attack from such sinister invaders as the Pod Creatures, the Reptons and the Mutoids. For total family entertainment, this 18-episode, 3-disc collection is out of this world, literally. 3-disc set.
NOTE: this title came out on DVD format in July 2011, but now – almost exactly ten years later – it is being released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time!
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COMING ON 8/10:
* Total Control – Season 1 (RLJ/Image)
$34.99 SRP DVD

—–When Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman), a charismatic Indigenous woman, is thrust into the national limelight after a horrific domestic violence event, Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths) sees a publicity goldmine for her party. In a bold power play, she handpicks Alex for the Senate. But Alex wants to be more than just a campaign stunt: she wants to make a difference. So, when the government’s cynical calculations betray her, Alex sets out for revenge that will send the political establishment into meltdown. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 8/31:
* Murdoch Mysteries – Series 14 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD; $49.99 SRP Blu-ray
—–In Season 14, Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) continues his inventive detective work with Ogden’s (Hélène Joy) unflinching support, even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. Brackenreid’s (Thomas Craig) marriage, now on the mend, is tested once more, and Crabtree’s (Jonny Harris) relationship with Effie Newsome is threatened by a potentially volatile interloper. 3-disc set in either format.



MURDOCH MYSTERIES RETURNS APRIL 2 on ACORN TV





MURDOCH MYSTERIES RETURNS APRIL 2 on ACORN TV
Season 14 of Popular, Award-Winning Period Drama to Debut with Six Episodes!

“Victorian CSI” –The Wall Street Journal

“Real treat for mystery lovers”- The Daily Telegraph

“Smart, fast-paced fun” —The Globe and Mail

“Terrific procedural police drama” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Crank up the virtual time machine to the late 19th century in Toronto with the methodical and dashing Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) in the new season of the internationally-renowned period drama Murdoch Mysteries as he and his crack team solve new cases using radical forensic techniques and other new innovations like fingerprinting, ultraviolet lighting and trace evidence to solve gruesome murders. Murdoch Mysteries Season 14 will stream on Acorn TV starting Friday, April 2, debuting with six episodes then continuing weekly on Mondays starting April 5 through May 3. All previous seasons of the series are also available on Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service devoted to British and international television.

Set in the late 1890s and early 1900s, this top-rated series produced in Canada continues to explore the personal and professional developments in the lives of Detective William Murdoch, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch), and Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) as they tackle Toronto’s toughest mysteries, from the serious and historic to the comical and unusual. Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ novels, Murdoch Mysteries has garnered 45 Gemini® and Canadian Screen Award nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television during its run, and Yannick Bisson won Canadian Screen Award’s “Fan’s Choice Award.”

As season 14 begins, Detective Murdoch continues his inventive detective work with Ogden’s unflinching support even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. Brackenreid and Margaret’s marriage, now on the mend, is tested once more, and Crabtree’s relationship with Effie Newsome is threatened by a potentially volatile interloper. Family relations also loom large for Higgins now that Ruth is pregnant. Unfortunately, Watts’ secret love affair faces dangerous scrutiny, while Violet Hart’s now public liaison with a wealthy playboy causes social outrage. Season 14 will feature 11 episodes.

Murdoch Mysteries 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, IPF’s COGECO Television Production Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series. Murdoch Mysteries is filmed in Toronto and Southern Ontario.



FILMED DURING THE PANDEMIC, “MURDOCH MYSTERIES” RETURNS TO OVATION TV





Filmed During the Pandemic, “Murdoch Mysteries” Returns to Ovation TV for the U.S. Television Premiere of a Remarkable Fourteenth Season
The new season, which consists of 11 episodes, will begin airing in the U.S. on Ovation TV on Saturday, February 20.
[via press release from Ovation TV]
FILMED DURING THE PANDEMIC, “MURDOCH MYSTERIES” RETURNS TO OVATION TV FOR THE U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF A REMARKABLE FOURTEENTH SEASON

Episodes Will Air on Saturday Nights Starting February 20; Series Star Yannick Bisson Returns to the Director’s Chair for Two Episodes

Seasons Eleven to Thirteen Now Available Free to All on Mystery Alley via the Ovation NOW App

Los Angeles, CA – January 11, 2021 Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, celebrates the return of one of its most successful series, Murdoch Mysteries, with the exclusive U.S. television premiere of season 14. Adhering to strict health and safety protocols, the long-running drama series filmed in Toronto during the coronavirus pandemic. The new season, which consists of 11 episodes, will begin airing in the U.S. on Ovation TV on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Episodes will air at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, as part of the network’s Mystery Alley programming block on Saturday nights; episodes will be available to cable subscribers on demand and the Ovation NOW app the following day.

Season 14 will continue to explore new developments in the lives of Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch) Violet Hart (Shanice Banton) and Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) as they tackle Toronto’s toughest mysteries, from the serious and historic to the comical and unusual. Returning cast members also include Arwen Humphreys, and Siobhan Murphy. In the first episode alone, historic character highlights include a young Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.

Star Yannick Bisson returns to the director’s chair for the first two episodes of the season. Other episodes will be directed by Peter Mitchell, Gary Harvey, Warren Sonoda, Mina Shum and Ruba Nadda.

The year is 1908 as season fourteen of the internationally acclaimed series begins. Detective Murdoch continues his inventive detective work with Ogden’s unflinching support even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. Brackenreid and Margaret’s marriage, now on the mend, is tested once more, and Crabtree’s relationship with Effie Newsome is threatened by a potentially volatile interloper. Family relations also loom large for Higgins now that Ruth is pregnant. Unfortunately, Watts’ secret love affair faces dangerous scrutiny, while Violet Hart’s now public liaison with a wealthy playboy causes social outrage.

For viewers that need to catch up on past seasons, Ovation TV has made seasons eleven, twelve, and thirteen available and free to watch under the Mystery Alley banner on the Ovation NOW app and at http://www.ovationtv.com/watch. These seasons are available now and will be available throughout season fourteen’s run.

Murdoch Mysteries is based on Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch series of novels and premiered in Canada in January 2008. Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, and Peter Mitchell, who also serves as showrunner, and produced by Stephen Montgomery and Julie Lacey. Murdoch Mysteries 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.

About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment. Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Inside the Actors Studio, Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Fall, Luther, Midsomer Murders, Landscape Artist of the Year, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect. The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education. Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand. You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, OvationTV.com, and through our App, OVATION NOW.



Celebrate the Holidays with Unique Concert Special from the Makers of Canada’s Beloved “Murdoch Mysteries” Period Drama





Celebrate the Holidays with Unique Concert Special from the Makers of Canada’s Beloved “Murdoch Mysteries” Period Drama with Contemporary Classical Pieces and Series Highlights Performed by Toronto Symphony Orchestra Musicians
“A Music Lover’s Guide to Murdoch Mysteries” will premiere in the U.S. and Canada, on Christmas Eve, on Thursday, December 24, 2020 on Acorn TV.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
Celebrate the Holidays with Unique Concert Special from the Makers of Canada’s Beloved MURDOCH MYSTERIES Period Drama with Contemporary Classical Pieces and Series Highlights Performed by Toronto Symphony Orchestra Musicians

A MUSIC LOVER’S GUIDE TO MURDOCH MYSTERIES

Hosted by Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson)

U.S. & Canada Streaming Premiere on Acorn TV on Christmas Eve

Silver Spring, MD (December 14, 2020) -Acorn TV typically delights fans every Christmas with the new season of Canada’s long-running, award-winning period drama Murdoch Mysteries. But since shoots were delayed this fall due to COVID-19, Acorn TV and the producers of this series have gifted their fans with a one-of-a-kind event: a one-hour intimate concert special celebrating the evocative music popular during the series’ turn of the 20th Century era, including much-loved highlights from the drama’s well-revered score along with contemporary pieces by Brahms, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and more. This stirring classical music program was performed by a seven-piece ensemble from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on the set of Murdoch Mysteries – aka Toronto’s fictional Station House 4 – on September 25, 2020 and was hosted by the Detective William Murdoch himself, Yannick Bisson. A MUSIC LOVER’S GUIDE TO MURDOCH MYSTERIES will premiere in the U.S. and Canada, on Christmas Eve, on Thursday, December 24, 2020 on Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service devoted to British and international television.

Between each song, Detective Murdoch entertains viewers with fascinating, whimsical anecdotes about the composers and the works featured in the special, while the performances themselves are peppered with fanciful visuals from the series. This special provides a fun, fresh new alternative way to experience Murdoch Mysteries, its characters and that era until season 14 premieres in 2021. The ensemble is conducted by the series’ composer, Robert Carli.

The musical selections are:

-Opening Theme from Murdoch Mysteries – ROBERT CARLI

-Pavane pour une infante défunte- MAURICE RAVEL

-Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115-Mvt. IV – JOHANNES BRAHMS

-Suite from Murdoch Mysteries – ROBERT CARLI (containing motifs heard regularly in series, including the opening theme and moments when Murdoch is either deciphering puzzles or solving crimes)

-Excerpt from Mazurka No. 2 – LAURA GERTRUDE LEMON

-Adagio Molto – PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

-String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2, “Fifths” – Mvt. IV – JOSEPH HAYDN

-On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314 – JOHANN STRAUSS II (fun fact: Detective Murdoch and future wife Julia danced to this waltz while they were dating)

-Maple Leaf Rag – SCOTT JOPLIN

The musicians are: Yolanda Bruno (violin), Eri Kosaka (violin), Theresa Rudolph (viola), Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron (cello), Jeffrey Beecher (double bass), Eric Abramowitz (clarinet) and Sanya Eng (harp).

Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ acclaimed novels, Murdoch Mysteries has garnered 45 Gemini(R) and Canadian Screen Award nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television during its run, and Yannick Bisson won Canadian Screen Award’s ‘Fan’s Choice Award.’ Set in the late 1890s and early 1900s in Toronto, the methodical and dashing Detective Murdoch and his impassioned wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s associates, including his gruff boss Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Henry Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) and eccentric Detective Llewellyn Watts (Daniel Maslany), are valuable allies to help solve cases across the many stratums and evolving manners of Victorian society.

U.S. and Canada Premiere: Thursday, December 24, 2020 TV Special (58 min.)

** CHRISTMAS DAY PREMIERE: BIRDS OF A FEATHER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!!

When done partaking in your eggnog, unwrapping gifts or other traditions on Christmas Day, tune in to Acorn TV’s brand-new and timely Christmas special edition of the long-running British sitcom Birds of a Feather – filmed this year. After months cooped up during the pandemic in Chigwell, longtime friends Tracey (Linda Robson, The Likely Lads) and Dorien (Lesley Joseph, Night & Day) find that quarantine is more than enough time together. Dorien is back to her old tricks with a rich dentist, and Tracey misses her sons and sister Sharon, who’s stuck on a Covid cruise on the other side of the world. Tracey wants to invite her former cellmate for Christmas, but can a lockdown holiday be jolly?

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV featured several commissioned series including the return of Agatha Raisin starring Ashley Jensen, period mystery Dead Still, New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as the return of Irish thriller Blood; Essie Davis in feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears; David Tennant in Deadwater Fell; Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes in Gold Digger; BBC One comedy The Other One; highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair; and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War; among much more.

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Upcoming DVD Releases





NOW AVAILABLE (6/23):

* Empire – The 6th and Final Season (Disney/Fox)
$34.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–The sixth season of the groundbreaking cultural phenomenon Empire is filled with drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments. The drama is about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music. With Cookie and Lucious at the center of the series, the couple have taken viewers through the highs and lows that come with fame and fortune. 4-disc set.

* Fresh Off The Boat – The 6th and Final Season (Disney/Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–Set in the ’90s, hip-hop loving teenager Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) and his family have lived in Orlando for a few years now and have assimilated nicely into the suburban American lifestyle. Cultural differences still present everyday challenges, but close friends, neighbors and business acquaintances are there to help them navigate the complexities of raising a family of future millennials. 2-disc set.

* Bob’s Burgers – The Complete 10th Season (Disney/Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–The series follows Bob Belcher, a third-generation restaurateur, and his ever-quirky family who together run the restaurant Bob’s Burgers. Bob believes his burgers speak for themselves and isn’t afraid to offer a variety of off-beat creations. Bob’s wife, Linda, supports his dream but is becoming sick of the slow times, as the restaurant is constantly in danger of going out of business. 3-disc set.

* Last Man Standing – The Complete 7th Season (Disney/Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–The series stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, a happily married father of three daughters, who tries to maintain his manliness in a home surrounded by women. Seeking refuge in the manly embrace of his job as marketing director at the Outdoor Man store, Mike revels in his vlog, which he uses as a pulpit for his many opinions – which often have nothing to do with the store’s merchandise. 3-disc set.

* Cher – The Best Of (Time Life)
$99.95 SRP DVD (Deluxe Edition also available)

EXTRAS: FREE Bonus DVD: The full-length documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher – a rare peek into Cher’s fascinating family history. Exclusive new interviews with comedy icon Lily Tomlin, designer Bob Mackie, Cher executive producer George Schlatter, and the one and only, Cher herself! Plus rare clips including early TV appearances, rehearsal footage, and even Cher’s personal camcorder footage! And you’ll be able to follow Cher’s legendary style through it all with a Collectible Look Book of Bob Mackie’s original wardrobe sketches!
—–10 star-studded episodes of Cher with guest appearances by Charo, Ray Charles, Elton John, The Muppets, Linda Ronstadt, Raquel Welch, and more! Both of Cher’s legendary TV Specials from the ‘70s. Two unforgettable concerts in Vegas, live from the MGM Grand and the Mirage. 9-disc set.
NOTE: our thanks to reader John Cerone for the heads-up about this item.

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COMING ON 7/7:

* Murdoch Mysteries – Season 13 (RLJ/Acorn)
$59.99 SRP DVD; $59.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Q&A with Yannick Bisson and Daniel Maslany
—–Season 13 follows Murdoch as he continues his deft detective work with new innovations, including a “searchizer” device that measures facial features and matches them with existing police files. Unfortunately, he is still rattled by suspicions about Violet Hart’s (Shanice Banton) appointment to coroner. The station also sees a new addition with Special Constable Robert Parker (Marc Senior), an African American former Pinkerton who went from suspect in a union murder to helping solve the case. Meanwhile Dr. Julie Ogden (Hélène Joy) is happily settled into her role as a full-time surgeon at Toronto Mercy Hospital but is surprised by the attentions of her colleague Dr. Andrew Dixon (Sebastian Pigott). Includes the 200th episode!

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COMING ON 7/28:

* Orange Is The New Black – Season 7: The Final Season (Lionsgate)
$34.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: The Evolution of “Orange”; Here We Are…At the End; A Message to the Fans
—–In the seventh and final season of the Golden Globe Award-nominated comedy from Primetime Emmy winner Jenji Kohan (1997, Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, “Tracey Takes On…”), the all-star cast of inmates face circumstances that take drastic and unexpected turns. After being granted early release, Piper struggles with the demands of parole and life on the outside, while other inmates – some in Litchfield and others in immigration detention facilities – experience a mix of disappointment, redemption, and hope in this compelling conclusion of the dark-humored, genre-defining series. 4-disc set.
NOTE: the studio has ONLY announced this title on DVD. There is no Blu-ray announcement (despite all of the previous seasons having been released on the high-def Blu-ray format). There is also no announcement at this time for a Complete Series set, either.

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COMING ON 8/11:

* Final Space – The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons (Warner Archive)
$29.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

EXTRAS: Behind-the Scenes of Final Space
—-LIGHTFOLD! INTO SEASONS ONE AND TWO OF THE ANIMATED COMEDIC SCI-FI EPIC FINAL SPACE! In this serialized intergalactic space saga from independent filmmaker, actor, comedian and entrepreneur Olan Rogers, an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend Mooncake embark on a quest to unlock the mystery of “Final Space,” the place where the entire universe ends. In Season two of Final Space, things get even more wild as Gary restarts with a new ship and a new AI (voiced by Jane Lynch, Glee) as they recover what’s left of his crew. Conan O’Brien reprises his role as Clarence, now a series regular, alongside Ron Funches (Undatable) and Ashly Burch (Attack on Titan) as they embark on an epic mission to free the Titan Bolo (voiced by Keith David). Along the way, Gary battles new villains led by Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1) and Gary’s Mom, (voiced by Claudia Black, Farscape). 3-disc set.

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COMING ON 8/18:

* S.W.A.T. – Season 3 (Sony)
$33.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes; Blooper Reel
—–Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Shemar Moore) has everything it takes to be an excellent leader and bridge the divide between his two worlds. With Hondo leading the charge, his team of dedicated men and women bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives. 5-disc set.

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COMING ON 8/25:

* Strike Back – Cinemax Season 7: The Last Shot (Warner Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–THE ICONIC CINEMAX ACTION SERIES STRIKE BACK RETURNS FOR ITS SEVENTH AND FINAL SEASON, FOLLOWING OUR INTREPID WARRIORS FOR ONE LAST ADRENALIZED STORY LINE THAT CULMINATES IN A HEART-POUNDING CLIMAX. When an Albanian crime family kidnaps a scientist responsible for the development of a top-secret bioweapon, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 – Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata), Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson), Manisha Chetri (Varada Sethu) and commanding officer Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber) – are sent on a mission to secure the virus and take down its potential black-market buyers. But what starts as a relatively straightforward mission quickly escalates into a race against the clock to neutralize an even deadlier weapon of mass destruction, pursued by a pair of jihadist brothers. 2-disc set.
NOTE: cover art has not been finalized yet, and could be subject to change

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COMING ON 9/1:

* Magnum P.I. – Season 2 (Viacom/CBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Includes a special crossover episode with Hawaii Five-0, a DVD-exclusive gag reel, and behind-the-scenes featurettes!
—–The second season of MAGNUM P.I. returns with Magnum (Jay Hernandez) still waiting for an answer from Higgins (Perdita Weeks) if she will indeed become his new private investigating partner. As Rick (Zachary Knighton) begins a fortuitous new endeavor as the best-connected man on the island, Magnum and his friends tackle cases that include a bank teller who goes missing right before her wedding, a thief with a stolen cellphone that receives a dooming text and a deadly siege on Robin’s Nest. With keys to a vintage sports car in one hand, aviator sunglasses in theother, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! 5-disc set.
NOTE: cover art has not been finalized yet, and could be subject to change

* Young Sheldon – The Complete 3rd Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; also coming on Blu-ray Disc via the Warner Archive

EXTRAS: The Coopers, East Texas, and the 80’s
—–For young Sheldon Cooper, it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. 2-disc set

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COMING ON 9/8:

* Bull – Season 4 (ViacomCBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Behind-the-scenes featurette; Audio commentaries with Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez and Bethany Rooney
—–Season Four of BULL returns a few months after the bombshell revelation that Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) is expecting a child with his ex-wife and Benny’s (Freddy Rodriguez) sister, Isabella Colón (Yara Martinez). While Bull prepares for impending fatherhood at home, his work at TAC suffers in the wake of Benny’s resignation as TAC’s staff attorney after learning Bull slept with Isabel at their father’s funeral. As Bull readies the team to mount a defense for a young bartender on trial for involuntary manslaughter following an inebriated customer’s mass killing, he faces uncharacteristic doubt that they can win without his top lawyer and closest friend by his side in court. 5-disc set.
NOTE: cover art has not been finalized yet, and could be subject to change

* Frankie Drake Mysteries – The Complete 3rd Season (PBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD

—–Set in 1920s Toronto, the series follows the adventures of Frankie Drake Lauren Lee Smith and her partner Trudy Clarke Chantel Riley at Drake Private Detectives, the city s only all female detective agency, as they find themselves fighting crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rum-runners, and speakeasies. Authors:Andrew Burrows-Trotman, Cal Coons, Carol Hay, Jennifer Kassabian, John Callaghan, Karen Hill, Keri Ferencz, Ley Lukins. Producers:Julie Lacey, Teresa M. Ho. 3-disc set.

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COMING ON 9/29:

* Stargirl – The Complete 1st Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray version only)
—–DC’s Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger (Bella & the Bulldogs, All Night), Yvette Monreal (Rambo: Last Blood, Faking It), Anjelika Washington (Tall Girl, Young Sheldon), Cameron Gellman (Heathers, 20th Century Women), Trae Romano (Robbie, 555), Jake Austin Walker (Rectify, Fear the Walking Dead), Hunter Sansone (Safety), Meg DeLacy (The Fosters), Neil Jackson (Absentia), and Christopher James Baker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ozark), with Amy Smart (Just Friends, The Butterfly Effect) and Luke Wilson (Old School, Roadies). Based on the DC characters and created for television by Geoff Johns, DC’s Stargirl is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with Geoff Johns (Titans, Wonder Woman), Greg Berlanti (Batwoman, The Flash, Supergirl), Melissa Carter (Queen Sugar), Greg Beeman (Timeless, Falling Skies), and Sarah Schechter (Riverdale, Blindspot, Katy Keene) serving as executive producers. 3-disc sets in either format.