In somewhat of a surprising decision, an Australian crime drama featuring Lucy Lawless has been renewed for a second season.
UK-based distributor DCD Rights has raised production finance and secured distribution rights to produce a new season of the murder mystery drama series My Life Is Murder.
The series first premiered in Australia in mid-2019 to disappointing ratings. It did, however manage to build a loyal following on international streaming platforms. CJZ productions produced the original season with funding from 10 and Screen Australia.
Season two of My Life Is Murder will premiere in Australia on streaming service Acorn TV, while 10 will now have secondary rights for the series.
In addition to Australia, Acorn TV, will distribute the crime drama in North America and the UK, while DCD Rights will look to sell the series to the rest of the world. Greenstone TV, TVNZ and Network 10 have contributed funding to the new season.
The new season will feature 10 episodes with production moving from Melbourne, to Auckland, New Zealand.
Season two is currently in pre-production, featuring Lucy Lawless alongside her season one cohort Ebony Vagulans (Doctor Doctor, The Letdown, The Furies).
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.”
My Life Is Murder stars Lucy Lawless as private investigator Alexa Crowe, who brings her unique brand of investigation to an unsuspecting New Zealand.
Alexa finds herself entangled in compelling new murder mysteries centred on fascinating and dangerous characters who will challenge, flirt with and frustrate Alexa… and sometimes threaten everything she cares about.
There may be new friends and locations to explore, but Alexa’s life is still very much murder. Ably assisted by exuberant Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans), 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.