Canadian public broadcaster CBC has announced details of its prime time line-up for the 2013-2014 season. As part of that announcement the broadcaster confirmed that Murdoch Mysteries has been renewed for a seventh season, with a longer order of 18 episodes, as opposed to the 13 episode orders the series has received over its past six seasons. Murdoch Mysteries, which began its life on Canada’s CityTV before recently jumping to CBC, where it has been a ratings hit, has been co-produced by UKTV’s Alibi channel since season 1 and I am being that that they will again be co-producing this longer seventh season alongside Shaftesbury Films, CBC and ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Based on the series of novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries is set at the turn of the 20th century and revolves around Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto constabulary, who uses groundbreaking forensic techniques to close his cases. The series – which is a co-production between UKTV, CBC, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Shaftesbury Films – stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy and Jonny Harris. The show’s sixth season is currently airing on Alibi and has been performing well for the Pay TV Channel, averaging (including +1) a consolidated audience of just under 350 000 viewers, ranking as one of the channel’s highest rated shows.
Also announced by CBC yesterday, Republic of Doyle (another series which airs in the UK on Alibi) has been renewed for a fifth season, with a longer episode order of 16 episodes. UKTV recently confirmed that they hold the rights to the show’s fourth season and plan to begin airing it in the Summer.