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Production begins on Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries

From a media release:

Number-one Canadian drama Murdoch Mysteries has begun production on Season 11. After celebrating the long-running series’ 150th episode in the season 10 finale, filming is now underway on 18 new one-hour episodes. The most-watched Canadian scripted television series in Canada with an average of 1.3 million viewers per week* on CBC, the ever-popular homegrown hit series will continue to delve into murder, mystery, and Canadian history in a powerhouse eleventh season. The series will film on location in Ontario until December 2017 and premiere on CBC this fall, followed by international rollout in early 2018.

The twist-filled season 10 finale saw the futures of Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and the heroes of Station House No. 4 in jeopardy amidst a corruption investigation gone awry. Season 11 will pick up with the aftermath of the finale’s events that left the lives of Murdoch’s beloved Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) and Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Henry Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch), and Slugger Jackson (Kristian Bruun) at stake and their fates unknown. Can Murdoch rely on Rebecca James (Mouna Traoré) or Detective Watts (Daniel Maslany) to help crack the case? Will Brackenreid make it out alive and home to his wife Margaret (Arwen Humphreys)? Season 11 storylines will feature a number of Canadian and international historical figures including physician William Osler and Helen Keller, the return of artist Tom Thomson, President Theodore Roosevelt, and Alexander Graham Bell and feature a roster of new guest stars including Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders, New Tricks), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?), and Elise Bauman (Carmilla, Below Her Mouth), as well as returning guest stars including Peter Keleghan (Workin’ Moms) and David Hewlett (Incorporated, Stargate: Atlantis).

“We’re proud to continue bringing the adventures of Detective Murdoch to viewers at home and around the world week after week. Coming off of a formidable tenth season during which we celebrated big award wins, 150 episodes and the expansion of the brand into new realms including an escape room game in Toronto, we are now looking ahead to a thrilling season 11 and beyond,” said Christina Jennings, Executive Producer, Murdoch Mysteries / Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury.

Season 11 episodes will be directed by showrunner Peter Mitchell, Megan Follows, Leslie Hope, Gary Harvey, Sherren Lee, Eleanor Lindo, Laurie Lynd, Don McCutcheon, and Alison Reid. Mitchell also writes episodes this season, along with Paul Aitken, Graham Clegg, Noelle Girard, Natalia Guled, Simon McNabb, Mary Pedersen, Robert Rotenberg, Lori Spring, Dan Trotta, and Maureen Jennings, author of the Detective Murdoch series of novels

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Poll: Who do you think was killed on Murdoch Mysteries?

OK, Murdoch Mysteries fans, we’ve had a couple of months to recover from the Season 10 finale, “Hell to Pay,” and some of you still haven’t.

By the end of that shocking cliffhanger we were left with many, many questions. Will Julia be found? How will William get out of this scrape? Is Det. Watts really there to help William? Did Brackenreid fight off Davis, or is he injured or, gulp, dead? And, perhaps most importantly: did Higgins, Crabtree and Jackson all survive the gunfire?

Production on Season 11 has begun but, other than a few posts from lead Yannick Bisson, there has been almost no information regarding who survived the violence in “Hell to Pay.” With a couple of months still until the show returns, we’re asking Murdoch Mysteries fans to vote on who you think was killed and will not return to the show in Season 11. So get clicking, and feel free to voice your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Comments and queries for the week of May 12

My sister and I just saw the Season 10 finale. Wow! Goes a mile a minute, a great ride! Have a very low opinion of Crabtree’s now former girlfriend; never diss William or Julia! We are very happy that he went back to his dancer lady and apologized. Really looking forward to Season 11 to find out how things end up! —Ann-Marie

I sincerely hope that all of the characters return for Season 11 and that a bit of humour is added back into the show. I love this show and hate that in the U.S. we have to wait until January to see it. Long live Murdoch and company. —Donald

Please no more deaths, let Constable Jackson or Higgins be in a coma and let Crabtree be a brilliant cop to help Chief Brackenreid with Murdoch’s case and Dr. Ogden kicks the man’s ass and she gets away and joins Murdoch and together they are fugitives, and Crabtree’s girlfriend realizes she messed up and wants him back but Crabtree wants his old girlfriend back and they will work together. —Shirley

Too many twists and turns! Hope George lives and goes on to find true love in the end! —Roy


Where is Episode 8 [of Anne]? That wasn’t a series end. Not tantalizing, and not consistent with either the book but still rewarding alternative Anne of the rest of the series. I felt they bottled it in reaching for tired old sensationalist tropes. —Jonah

This is such a great adaptation of one of my favourite childhood stories. Amybeths’ portrayal of Anne is outstanding! Of course, each and everyone involved in the making of this show should be commended. It is fantastic! I hope Season 2 is right around the corner. Can’t wait! —CJ

I was sceptical, but this is a good show and the perfect Anne. During the pilot when she cries out of despair on the ground, I knew they’d picked the right child actress. Not everyone could pull off that scene as so genuine. —Kristi

 

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Comments and queries for the week of April 28

We have watched Murdoch Mysteries since its inception, first on PBS, then on Netflix, and now via Acorn TV. Superb writing and acting all through the seasons. Saw Episode 18 last night and were stunned with the possibilities it left us with. Always interesting parallels with current times and history. Glad to read more historical figures will be included in the next season! Bravo to the cast and crew; looking forward to the fall season. —Julie and Ron

That was just annoying. Murdoch’s been framed for murder before, Ogden’s been kidnapped before, George has been in trouble before … this may have been intended as a cliffhanger, but it was a damp squib. It seems the writers have literally run out of ideas. There was nothing clever or interesting or period-specific. Or even very Canadian. Boring all around. —Robin

Absolutely love this show, without a doubt one of the best in a very long time. I started out watching it, then the channel it was on stopped carrying it. Fortunately, I discovered Acorn TV; thank goodness, now I can get my Murdoch fix anytime I like. Season 10, Episode 18 was a cliffhanger indeed! I was actually talking to the screen, but they just didn’t seem to pay any attention to me. Can hardly wait until next season, and just hope that Acorn picks it up early on! It will be great to get some of the historically famous people back into the episodes, always fun. [This season] seemed to come up a little short on that but was a great season all the same and the best cliffhanger to date! —Jerry

Nice dramatic set up for next year, however… As the storyline was about criminal familiarity and its intertwined relationships that people are afraid to challenge, how is the Murdoch team quickly cast to the wolves with such abandon? You know, the crew that saved Canada and Toronto numerous times? Friends of the Prime Minister and cloak and dagger figures have their powerful alliances too. The set-up could have been done without discarding half the previous episodes. Oh well, here is hoping we don’t get a Bobby in the shower summary. Always a fan, much better than U.S. television. —Mike

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Link: Writer unveils some mysteries about Murdoch

From Barb Brouwer of the Kelowna Capital News:

Link: Writer unveils some mysteries about Murdoch
“We don’t have the resources to hire a lot of staff so we do our own research; it’s a fantastic way to waste time if you are disinclined to write. You learn a lot of stuff you didn’t know and it’s a pleasurable activity in and of itself. Getting into embedded links is a great way to spend a chunk of your day.” Continue reading.

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