Everything about Frankie Drake Mysteries, eh?

Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Christina Jennings

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Christina Jennings
“It’s important to do and it’s important as a company, actually, to stay in touch with the young people coming up behind us. If you’re there at the CFC, at Sheridan or Humber, and you’ve given some time, you’ve done a course, you had them in to intern here at the company, and they have a project, they may just come to you first. It’s always about looking for the next generation of people behind you. And we think the way to do that is to give back.” Continue reading.


Comments and queries for the week of February 9

Like so many others, Frankie Drake and her pals grew on us and we certainly hope to see a Season 2. Good cast, lots of fun. —Andy

Strong characters and great stories. CBC should definitely renew for a long run. Lauren Lee Smith is smart, sexy and shows a great diverse cast with interesting stories. See ya in September. —James

The fact that Wendy Crewson had a role in this show originally made it of interest to me. Now I’m hooked on the storylines, the character development and the fine performances. I’m sad it’s over until next fall. —Debbie

I’ve enjoyed the series and hope it will be renewed. —John

This show grew on me. In my opinion, at the top, it was trying hard to be the anti-Murdoch instead of the pro-Frankie. Peter Stebbings’ directed episode is the one that hooked me and I look forward to seeing his next one. —Mel


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Links: Frankie Drake Mysteries Season 1 finale

From Melissa Girimonte of The Televixen:

Link: Lauren Lee Smith reflects on Season 1 of Frankie Drake Mysteries
“We shot out of sequence throughout the whole season, and this was one of everyone’s favourites. It was really fun to explore how Frankie and Trudy met, and see some flashbacks from Frankie’s past. I’m really proud of it, and I hope the audience likes it as much as I did.” Continue reading.

From The Suburban:

Link: Lauren Lee Smith talks about tonight’s Frankie Drake Mysteries finale
“I’ve gotten to play this strong, independent, empowered female character and work alongside these incredible women whom I adore as performers and human beings, and I work for people who I have history with and really respect, and we get to work and shoot this fun action-packed show! For me, it’s been a complete joy and honour, and I feel really lucky. ” Continue reading. 


Link: Frankie Drake Mysteries’ Rebecca Liddiard on Mary’s growing confidence

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Frankie Drake Mysteries’ Rebecca Liddiard on Mary’s growing confidence
“She has this puppy dog-like quality where she’s just willing to take anything, whereas by the end we see her taking matters into her own hands. For instance, she just decided to go to New York all by herself to pursue the case that Frankie didn’t even ask her to do. She just took it upon herself to do it. I think that fits with the bigger theme of independence and women doing what they think is right and best. You really get a nice sense of that with Mary.” Continue reading. 


Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries closes out Season 1

On Monday, Frankie Drake Mysteries rides into the sunset with its first season finale. And what a ride it’s been. It has been a personal pleasure to see all of the hard work co-creators Michelle Ricci and Carol Hay and showrunner Cal Coons pay off big-time. Launching a television series is difficult enough, but placing it in the timeslot after Murdoch Mysteries—a program it will always be compared to—is not easy.

It’s only been an 11-episode season, but a wonderful world has been established, full of engaging characters in Flo, Mary, Trudy, Wendy and, of course, Frankie Drake herself. CBC hasn’t made it official yet, but I’m pretty sure Frankie and her pals will be back for the second round of crime-solving in the fall of 2018.

As for Monday’s finale, the CBC has released the following information for “Once Burnt Twice Spied.”

When Frankie gets a mysterious call from a British spy, Mary discovers how she and Trudy met, and how Drake Private Detectives was formed.

And here are more details after watching a screener of the episode, written by Michelle Ricci and directed by Peter Stebbings.

Origin stories
Rather than reveal how Drake Private Detectives came to be in Episode 1, we’re getting it in the season finale. An odd move, but with a great payoff. It’s meant fans have fallen in love with the characters already and the mystery as to how it all came to be could be saved. Viewers are flashed back in time—you know, before 1920—to tell the tale. For Frankie, that means a return to Toronto for a very special assignment; for Trudy, a change in career.

Pay attention to the props
In particular, a newspaper that is being read by many and frustratingly hard to decipher.

Forget 007
Frankie Drake predates James Bond when it comes to cool gadgets and weaponry.

Slasher stars, Take 3
Those actors from Slasher clearly can’t get enough of Frankie Drake Mysteries because, for the third week in a row, one appears. This time it’s Christopher Jacot as Clive Harper, a Toronto baker.

What are your thoughts on Season 1 of Frankie Drake Mysteries? Let me know in the comments below.

The season finale of Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC.