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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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Comments and queries for the week of April 21

Huh! Yet another Canadian show [Cold Water Cowboys] I’ve never heard of. And it’s been on three seasons already! Google Canadian TV shows wiki and you can find so many shows have been done that most Canadians have never heard of let alone ever seen. And many, if not most, were/are really good, so that’s a huge bonus too. Thanks for the article. —Stevie


[Saving Hope‘s] latest Alex splitting with Charlie because of a “pact with God to stay away,” is so utterly and completely ridiculous. Too bad such a great show is ending with such a contrived storyline. It would have done better to have Alex fade away and focus on the other great characters that are so much more interesting. I for one am rooting for Charlie to end up with someone new. I will endure Alex to the end of the show, but only because I love the other characters. (Oh, and the episode that tried to convince us that Alex was a ”badass” was so laughable, I almost gave up on the show then and there.). —Tammi

I hate that they have split up Charlie and Alex. Not the same feel to the show. I’ll watch to the end to see if it gets resolved but, I don’t like it at all. —Donna


Could we return to the former “solve a mystery” style of Murdoch Mysteries? I’m not really a fan of my lead characters being exposed to so much danger. I felt that the last episode was “dark”! I was happier when William, George and Julia were investigating and solving other people’s problems. You have a superb cast of characters here! —R. Green

 

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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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CBC orders new original drama Frankie Drake starring This Life’s Lauren Lee Smith

We may not have another season of This Life to enjoy, but Lauren Lee Smith is staying with the CBC. Smith, who played Maggie Lawson for two rounds of This Life, has nabbed the lead role in Frankie Drake, a drama about Toronto’s only female detective in the 1920s.

The 11-episode first season of Frankie Drake will begin production this summer in Toronto and will debut this fall on CBC.

Frankie Drake takes on the cases no one else wants to handle and her gender puts her at odds with the social mores of the day. Undeterred, Frankie and her partner, Trudy, open Drake Detective Agency and tackle mysteries.


Related: Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci discuss Frankie Drake


Frankie Drake is a real labour of love for us. It is a story about a spirited woman, breaking barriers and calling the shots, in a world that might not be ready for her. This is a one-hour detective series, set in the 20s, but this is not the roaring 20s we have seen onscreen before,” Christina Jennings, chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury said in a press release. “We are so pleased to bring this show to life, in partnership with our friends at the CBC, and with a creative team who have been part of our Shaftesbury family for many of our hit series. And of course—what a treat to work with the wonderful Lauren Lee Smith again. I can’t wait for the world to meet Frankie Drake.”

Now, some sad news for Murdoch Mysteries fans: Frankie Drake is created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, which means they won’t return for Season 11 of Murdoch. Hay and Ricci also serve as executive producers on Frankie Drake; the series is executive produced by Jennings, Scott Garvie and Cal Coons, who also serves as showrunner. The series is produced by Jonathan Hackett and Julie Lacey.

We can’t wait to see the sass Smith brings to Frankie. What are your thoughts on this announcement? Will you tune in? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments and queries for the week of March 24

I have been watching Heartland for the past five years or so and I just LOVE it. It was on every morning on our Up channel, but isn’t on any longer except Sunday morning. It was advertised that new episodes would begin on Sundays, but they are still see of the reruns we’d been watching all this time. I love watching the reruns as much as if they were new episodes. But I would really love to see it every day again, and maybe see the new episodes as well. Is this on a different channel now, or just on Canadian TV? If you can shed a little light on this for me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for such an inspirational and CLEAN family show. I will be getting the entire series hopefully. I am on disability, so have asked my kids to get me the different series. Still waiting. —Brenda

According to the Up’s website, Season 10 of Heartland begins on Sunday, April 23, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET. Don’t miss it!

Sounds like [Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries will be] a doozy! Can’t wait to see it. On the historical figures: bring back L.M. Montgomery!! Go to P.E.I. this time and have her help with a case. She loved ghost stories and wrote quite a few. In 1905, she finished writing Anne of Green Gables and started trying to get it published. George could help her with that. She won’t meet Ewen (her future husband) for another year. And 2018 will be the 110th anniversary of the publication of AoGG. I like the idea of bringing Helen Keller in. If we have Teddy again, could we please have a young Eleanor Roosevelt, too? They were close cousins. She got married to Franklin in 1905, so we could see him, too. —Hannah

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