Lucy Lawless mystery series My Life is Murder has been given a second season, although there are key changes on and off screen.
Pre-production is currently underway on the 10 part series in Auckland, relocating the series from Melbourne, where it is produced by Greenstone TV (NZ production house owned by original producers CJZ).
Financing has been raised through a DCD Rights, Acorn TV and Greenstone partnership. TVNZ and Network 10 are also on board.
Acorn TV has North America, UK and Australia premiere rights, with TVNZ having first run in New Zealand and Network 10 having secondary rights in Australia. DCD Rights has rest of the world.
The series sees Alexa Crowe (Lawless) reunite with her cohort Madison (Ebony Vagulans), however the press release makes no specific mention of Detective-Inspector Kieran Hussey (Bernard Curry).
“… Alexa is ready to use her powers for good and bring her always surprising sleuthing style back at full force in this charming, humorous series. A spectacular new city, ten compelling new crimes and one unstoppable ex-cop… Let the games begin,” the press release notes.
Don Klees, SVP Programming for Acorn TV and Executive Producer, noted, “Acorn TV’s subscribers adored the first season of My Life Is Murder, so we’re thrilled to work with DCD Rights, Greenstone TV and Lucy Lawless on a fun new season. We’re excited to come on board as a production partner for the new episodes and bring the show to even more of our subscribers in new territories.”
Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights, adds, “We have seen strong international success with the first series of My Life Is Murder and we want to build on this with a second. Partnering with Acorn TV, TVNZ, Network 10 and local funding in New Zealand means we have raised the necessary investment to get this highly watchable series straight into production. We know this type of feel-good series is being sought out by many platforms and broadcasters for their viewers at this time and look forward to sharing it with our clients around the world in the coming months.”
Acorn TV also recently renewed Ms. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in partnership with Seven while DCD was distributor on The Secrets She Keeps.