OVATION CELEBRATES THE ART OF MYSTERY WITH THE RETURN OF MURDOCH MYSTERIES AND THE PREMIERE OF FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES IN Q2 2019
January 07, 2019
The Arts Network Will Air The Twelfth Season of Fan-Favorite Murdoch in April and the First Season of Frankie Drake in June
Los Angeles, CA: Continuing the tradition of airing premium content on Saturday nights, Ovation will premiere the twelfth season of its perennial fan-favorite Murdoch Mysteries and the first season of newcomer Frankie Drake Mysteries. Formerly known as The Artful Detective on Ovation, the arts network will now air the mystery series under its original, international title. Season 12 of Murdoch Mysteries will premiere back-to-back episodes on Ovation on Saturday, April 20 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Season One of Frankie Drake Mysteries will premiere on Ovation on Saturday, June 15 at 9pm ET / 6pm ET, immediately following the season 12 finale of Murdoch Mysteries. Frankie Drake Mysteries will then air back-to-back episodes in its regular time slot of 7pm ET / 4pm PT starting on Saturday, June 22.
Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. As season twelve of the top-rated, internationally acclaimed series begins, Detective Murdoch (Bisson) and his wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hèléne Joy) have reconciled after a miscarriage and built their dream home, designed by renowned modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Aaron Poole).
1201 – “Murdoch Mystery Mansion” Airs on Saturday, April 20 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
Murdoch and Ogden’s new Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is rocked by an explosion that claims a man’s life. Guest starring Downton Abbey’s Sophie McShera.
1202 – “Operation: Murder” Airs on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Ogden enlists Murdoch to investigate possible sabotage in the operating room after a patient dies during a routine medical procedure.
1203 – “My Big Fat Mimico Wedding” Airs on Saturday, April 27 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
When Murdoch, Ogden, Crabtree and Brackenreid attend Higgins’ and Ruth Newsome’s wedding, a guest repeatedly tries to kill the groom.
1204 – “Murdoch Without Borders” Airs on Saturday, April 27 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
After anti-immigrant laws lead to the arrests of Greek men, Brackenreid regrets releasing his carpenter when he’s suspected of murder.
1205 – “The Spy Who Loved Murdoch” Airs on Saturday, May 4 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
When Murdoch impersonates a dead diplomat to save a treaty, but political and sexual intrigue complicate matters.
1206 – “Sir. Sir? Sir!!!” Airs on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Murdoch investigates an astronomical phenomenon with a strange impact on his colleagues’ behavior and dire implications for Toronto.
1207 – “Brother’s Keeper” Airs on Saturday, May 11 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
When Watts kills a man in self-defense and Murdoch uncovers the victim’s criminal past, questions surround Watts’ story.
1208 – “Drowning in Money” Airs on Saturday, May 11 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
When a wealthy, high society couple is found drowned in their pool in an apparent double suicide, Murdoch suspects murder.
1209 – “Secrets and Lies” Airs on Saturday, May 18 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
When Brackenreid leaves Toronto to help an old friend find a missing woman, he learns he’s a lot closer to the case than he thought.
1210 – “Pirates of the Great Lakes” Airs on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
As Murdoch helps an Italian detective recover a shipload of stolen antiquities, Brackenreid considers shipping out.
1211 – “Annabella Cinderella” Airs on Saturday, May 25 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
Crabtree and John are transporting a convicted axe murderer to prison when she escapes to exact revenge on those who testified against her.
1212 – “Six of the Best” Airs on Saturday, May 25 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Murdoch’s distressing childhood memories are evoked while investigating the death of an orphan under the care of the same Jesuit priest who taught him.
1213 – “Murdoch and the Undetectable Man” Airs on Saturday, June 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
Murdoch enlists inventor Nikola Tesla to help with the murder investigation of a man experimenting with invisibility.
1214 – “Sins of the Father” Airs on Saturday, June 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
When a man dies in a deliberately set fire, Murdoch’s investigation reveals some shocking personal history.
1215 – “One Minute to Murder” Airs on Saturday, June 8 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
When a man is electrocuted during a typing contest with Crabtree and Louise Cherry, Murdoch suspects the reporter was the intended target.
1216 – “Manual for Murder” Airs on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
After the release of Murdoch and Ogden’s book, a series of copycat murders begin to take place.
1217 – “Darkness Before the Dawn – Part 1” Airs on Saturday, June 15 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
As Murdoch seeks a promotion, a constable is shot in a botched raid on an opium den led by Watts.
1218 – “Darkness Before the Dawn – Part 2” Airs on Saturday, June 15 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Murdoch suspects John is being framed for murder by Inspector McWorthy and Brackenreid goes after the corrupt copper.
Frankie Drake Mysteries is set in stylish 1920s Toronto and follows the female-only agency Drake Private Detectives, led by the eponymous Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and her partner Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley). Incorporating a brand of justice that doesn’t always follow the law, Frankie and Trudy investigate mysteries and crimes that either the police refuse to take on, or that their clients cannot take to the police at all.
101 – “Mother of Pearl” Airs on Saturday, June 15 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Frankie partners with a surprising ally when she’s named as the number one suspect in a robbery that looks like the work of her dead father. Guest starring Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Slasher, Revenge), Steve Lund (Reign, Bitten) and Derek McGrath (Doc, Little Mosque on the Prairie).
102 – “Ladies in Red” Airs on Saturday, June 22 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
Frankie and Trudy are hired by a factory owner to root out communists at his plant, but things soon take an explosive turn. Guest starring Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek, Lars and the Real Girl) and Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries).
103 – “Summer in the City” Airs on Saturday, June 22 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
When a body turns up in the luggage of a young man, the case brings Frankie and Trudy into Toronto’s elite social circles. Guest starring Emmanuel Kabongo (21 Thunder, Teenagers), William Melling (Harry Potter films), Steve Lund (Reign, Bitten) and Grace Lynn Kung (The Carmilla Movie, Star Trek: Discovery).
104 – “Healing Hands” Airs on Saturday, June 29 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
When Trudy gives shelter to a faith-healing preacher’s daughter, she and Frankie find themselves investigating Toronto’s jazz scene. Guest starring Emmanuel Kabongo (21 Thunder, Teenagers) and Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek, Lars and the Real Girl).
105 – “Out of Focus” Airs on Saturday, June 29 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Frankie and Trudy go undercover in the glamorous world of film in order to solve a seemingly impossible murder on a silent movie set. Guest starring Laura Vandervoort (Bitten, Smallville).
106 – “Whisper Sisters” Airs on Saturday, July 6 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
After a shooting injures the young son of a friend, Frankie and Trudy’s investigation leads them into the dangerous world of bootlegging. Guest starring William Melling (Harry Potter films) and Grace Lynn Kung (The Carmilla Movie, Star Trek: Discovery).
107 – “Ties That Bind” Airs on Saturday, July 6 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Mary recruits Frankie and Trudy to find a missing teacher, but their investigation leads them to family secrets, Chinatown and murder. Guest starring Melanie Scrofano (Wynona Earp, The Listener), Russell Yuen (Blood and Water, Arrival), Grace Lynn Kung (The Carmilla Movie, Star Trek: Discovery) and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Slasher, Revenge).
108 – “The Pilot” Airs on Saturday, July 13 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
A day off turns into a day at the office for Frankie and Trudy when the infant son of a charismatic aviator is kidnapped during an air show. Guest starring Emmanuel Kabongo (21 Thunder, Teenagers), Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis), Charlotte Sullivan (Chicago Fire, Rookie Blue), Lucas Bryant (Haven, Shoot the Messsenger) and Kris Holden-Ried (Vikings, Lost Girl).
109 – “Ghosts” Airs on Saturday, July 13 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
The horrors of war haunt Frankie when an investigation into a soldier’s murder reunites her with a friend left traumatized by his tour of duty. Guest starring Kris Holden-Ried (Vikings, Lost Girl).
110 – “Anastasia” Airs on Saturday, July 20 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
Frankie is hired to confirm the identity of a young woman claiming to be a Russian princess and protect her from those who want her dead. Guest starring Steve Lund (Reign, Bitten), Jodelle Ferland (Dark Matter), Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Slasher, Revenge) and Sebastian Pigott (Being Erica, Slasher: Guilty Party).
111 – “Once Burnt Twice Spied” Airs on Saturday, July 20 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
When Frankie gets a mysterious call from a British spy, Mary discovers how she and Trudy met, and how Drake Private Detectives was formed. Guest starring Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek, Lars and the Real Girl), Grace Lynn Kung (The Carmilla Movie, Star Trek: Discovery) and Christopher Jacot (Slasher, Saving Hope, Eureka).
All episodes will be also be available on demand and the Ovation NOW App.