CTV announced on Friday morning that its new original drama series, The Spencer Sisters, will premiere on Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series is created by executive producer Alan McCullough (Private Eyes, Rookie Blue) and co-showrun with Jenn Engels (Sort Of). The Spencer Sisters is a procedural that will follow mystery novelist Victoria Spencer(Lea Thompson, Back To The Future, Caroline in the City) and her daughter Darby Spencer (Stacey Farber, Virgin River, Schitt’s Creek) who are mistaken as sisters as they tackle puzzling cases in the fictional town of Alder Bluffs, Ont. It was filmed in Winnipeg, and the first season consists of 10 one-hour episodes.
In The Spencer Sisters, after a string of bad luck, Toronto police officer Darby Spencer (Farber) quits her job and is forced to return home to her estranged mother, internationally renowned mystery novelist Victoria Spencer (Thompson). After the duo are thrust into solving a crime together, Darby discovers a side to Victoria she never knew, and ultimately takes the plunge into the unlikeliest of ventures: becoming her partner in a private detective agency. Despite their opposing personalities, generational differences and complicated history, they discover they may have more in common than they thought. Each episode brings a new case to solve, and while the tightly-wound Darby and the carefree Victoria may never quite see eye to eye, they discover that maybe – just maybe – they need each other more than they realize.
Joining the cast in supporting roles are Thomas Antony Olajide (Learn To Swim) as Darby’s high school best friend and Alder Bluffs cop Zane Graham; Edward Ruttle (Artic Air) as Darby’s high school flame Doctor Lucas Collins; Husein Madhavji (Saving Hope) as Victoria’s “IT Consultant” (a.k.a. hacker) Alastair Dhumal; Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves (Sort Of) as Victoria’s feisty literary agent Sarita Stark; Rodrigo Massa (EL DRAGÓN: RETURN OF A WARRIOR) as Zane’s (Olajide) husband Antonio Pereira, who operates a Brazilian bistro in Alder Bluffs; Kaitlyn Leeb (Spinning Out) as Lindsay Yip – a hotshot lawyer who is Lucas’ fiancée; and Adam Hurtig (Cult of Chucky) as the lead detective of the Alder Bluff’s police force.
Season 1 also features guest appearances by Paul Popowich (Mayor of Kingstown), Andrew Bushell (Hudson & Rex), Cindy Sampson (Private Eyes), Seán Cullen (Murdoch Mysteries), Matt Wells (Crown and Anchor), Alex Ozerov (Cardinal), Jennifer Hui (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), Nancy Sorel (The Main in the High Castle), Mercedes Morris (American Gods), Julius Cho (Children Ruin Everything), Mika Amonsen (Ezra), Daniel Kash (The Man From Toronto), Paul Essiembre (The Porter), Tova Epp (Titans), Zarrin Darnell-Martin (Ginny & Georgia), and Hazel Venzon (Burden of Truth).
On the series premiere episode, “The Scholar’s Snafu” (Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app), after her life in the city falls apart, former cop Darby Spencer (Farber) is forced to return to her childhood home and her estranged, best-selling mystery novelist mother Victoria Spencer (Thompson). But when Darby’s friend Kaia (guest star Jennifer Hui, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS) is wrongfully accused of plagiarism, Darby and Victoria must put aside their differences and investigate, uncovering a wide-ranging scandal. A special preview of the debut episode airs Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/7p.m. PTon CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app, immediately following the conclusion of the NFL Conference Championship.
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