O Canada, indeed! Summer is often an excellent time to investigate new shows for a good binge, and Murdoch Mysteries fits the bill perfectly. Originally televised on ITV in Canada and the U.K., Americans can now watch all nine seasons of Murdoch Mysteries on Acorn TV, with a Murdoch Mysteries Christmas Special streaming starting today. Based on the books of Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries follows the career of Detective William Murdoch around the turn of the 20th century in Toronto, Canada. But Detective Murdoch introduces fans to many modern scientific methods that are used today in shows like CSI as he yearns for new ways to thwart criminals.
Though the U.S. gives viewers a wide array of great shows to watch, there is a certain excitement in stepping outside of the mold to discover what is available in other countries, especially those with programming in English, and there is no better example than Doc Martin, with all seasons available on Acorn TV, and a few seasons on Netflix, according to the Inquisitr. Martin Clunes who plays Doc Martin is similar to Hugh Laurie on House, but funnier and without the drug addiction. Doc Martin has such a cult following in the United States that Sigourney Weaver sought out to be a guest star on the recent season of Doc Martin.Broadcasting and Cable raves that all nine seasons of the award-winning Murdoch Mysteries are now available on Acorn TV. While it was possible to get the first few seasons on Netflix, fans were thrilled to get up to the minute with their favorite Canadian detective, Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary. American fans will be totally up to the minute starting today, as the Murdoch Mysteries Christmas Special will begin airing on Acorn TV, guest starring Brendan Coyle, best known as Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey, and American icon, Ed Asner. Since its first season, Murdoch Mysteries has garnered more than two dozen Gemini Awards for the show, and its lead actors, Yannick Bisson and Helene Joy, who play Detective William Murdoch and his love interest, medical examiner Dr. Julia Ogden. Not only is science injected into Murdoch Mysteries, as Detective Murdoch has an interest in inventions, but famous Canadians and those who passed through Toronto at that time make appearances, according to reviews.
"While battling criminals from serial killers to bank robbers in locations ranging from the darkest opium dens to outer space, Murdoch and his friends encounter historical figures like Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, temperance advocate Carrie Nation, and American humorist Mark Twain."The Toronto Star says production is underway for Season 10 of Murdoch Mysteries, on location in Toronto, with guest stars real and from history awaiting Murdoch fans. While Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle was featured on the Murdoch Mysteries Christmas Special, another Downton Abbey star will be making an appearance in Season 10.
Samantha Bond, who played Lady Rosamund, sister of Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey, will be featured in the new season of Murdoch Mysteries, along with actors Peter Keleghan, Peter Stebbings, Alex Paxton-Beesley, Daniel Maslany, and Bea Santos, all making guest appearances. Executive Producer Christina Jennings says new and exciting storylines await Detective Murdoch and Dr. Julia Ogden.
"The series returns with debutantes vying for the hand of Toronto's most eligible bachelor — think The Bachelor in 1904! — and there is a killer on the loose. At the same time, Toronto is thrown into chaos by the Great Fire. It will be a great launch to a great season."Now that the question of will they or won't they has been answered for Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden, fans now want to know if the crime fighting couple will get a second chance at creating a family in their own unique way. Any fan of mysteries and historical fiction will love Murdoch Mysteries, and Season 10 should not disappoint.
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