Preview: Al Jolson visits Murdoch Mysteries

After a three-week break for the Winter Olympics, Murdoch Mysteries roars back onto CBC’s schedule with an interesting and unique episode.

“Murdoch Schmurdoch,” written by Robert Rotenberg and Lori Spring and directed by Sherren Lee, isn’t your traditional Murdoch episode. Well, yes, there is a crime and most of the major characters are involved, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Here’s what the CBC has revealed in their official synopsis:

Murdoch investigates a murder with connections to vaudeville entertainers Harry and Al Jolson and Watts unravels a mystery about his own family.

And, as always, a few more tidbits from me after watching a screener.

John Brackenreid returns
After several episodes away, John is back in Station House No. 4 where he spends a lot of time alongside Higgins, working the main murder case. And, while working it, someone catches John’s eye. Is yet another romantic relationship in the cards for a Murdoch character?

Al and Harry Jolson visit Toronto
My research—OK, Google—shows Al did indeed perform in Toronto, though not exactly during Murdoch Mysteries‘ timeline. No matter, he and his brother make an immediate impact. Kudos to Sayer Roberts for the great performance as Al, who connects with Detective Watts in a major, and surprising, storyline.

Detective Watts gets spiritual
Daniel Maslany gets major screen time on Monday night and I couldn’t be happier. Not only is the slightly dishevelled detective on point during the murder investigation, but he and Al Jolson spend numerous scenes together, rounding out Watts in a fascinating way.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

 

 

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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8 thoughts on “Preview: Al Jolson visits Murdoch Mysteries”

  1. This is one of the best shows. I can’t stand the reality TV we have these days. I wish the powers that be in the USA would take the hint and have entertainment and not reality garbage.

    1. I agree with you a 100%, this is a great show and real entertainment. I watch very little USA TV because most of the programs are so bad. I am also fed-up with the programs in the USA telling me how I should think or live.
      But the only way I can see these programs is to buy the CDs at the end of the season.

  2. What is the title of the episode of Murdoch Mysteries where Al and Harry Jolson are portrayed please, also do you know if this episode will be shown in Victoria, Australia and where or when please and/or whom I may contact for more information please?

    1. The episode is called “Murdoch Schmurdoch.” You can read more details in my preview above. As for when this episode will air in Australia, you’ll have to check with your local broadcaster.

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