William Shatner has been tapped for a guest starring role on the CBC/UKTV co-production Murdoch Mysteries for its upcoming 18 episode ninth season, which is now in production in Canada for an Autumn 2015 premiere on CBC and a 2016 premiere on UKTV’s Alibi channel.
News of Shatner’s casting first leaked out on Monday on Twitter when Murdoch Mysteries‘ lead actor Yannick Bisson tweeted out a picture of the call sheet which revealed that William Shatner would guest star in an upcoming episode of season nine playing Mark Twain.
William Shatner is, of course, no stranger to Television roles. The former Star Trek and TJ Hooker alum had a starring role on all five seasons of The Practice spin-off Boston Legal and he also toplined the short-lived CBS comedy $#*! My Dad Says. Shatner also recently wrapped a 4 episode guest arc on the back-half of Haven’s fifth season, which launches on Syfy later this year.
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 ground-breaking forensic techniques to close his cases. The drama series is produced by Shaftesbury Films in association with UKTV, CBC & ITV Studios Global Entertainment and stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris and Georgina Reilly.