Being a part of the Vancouver police homicide department is something that Kate Jameson (Jessica Lucas) has wanted her whole life. She’s now made it as a rookie detective, but negligence leads to tragedy early on in the new Citytv crime drama The Murders, premiering Monday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET, that will leave her seeking for redemption. Kate partners with Detective Mike Huntley (Lochlyn Munro, Riverdale), and together they hunt a mysteriou serial killer who uses music for destructive ends. From Canadian showrunner Damon Vignale, The Murders will consist of eight 60-minute episodes in Season 1.
To get further insight into what Kate will be experiencing during the first season, The TV Junkies recently spoke to Lucas, who also served as an executive producer on The Murders. She previews Kate’s mindset and why she’s always wanted to be a cop, as well as her relationships with other members of the force, which includes a cast of Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Terry Chen (The Expanse) and Luvia Petersen (Ghost Wars).
The TV Junkies: There’s a lot of different police dramas out there, but what was it about The Murders that made you want to be a part of it?
Jessica Lucas: I grew up watching things like CSI and Law & Order and my favorite episodes were always the one where they focused more on the characters than murders. For me, that’s what made The Murders stick out and more than your average police procedural. It’s much more character-driven than plot-driven, and while the cases are really unique and interesting, the reason you want to watch every week is because you want to know what’s going on with Kate.
TTVJ: What can you share about your character Kate and her journey this season?
JL: She is a rookie detective in the Vancouver police department. Her father was a cop so she grew up in the world and has been dying to be a part of it. She’s new to the squad and dealing with people who feel like she’s only there because of nepotism. She already is feeling like she has to work extra hard to fit in, but then makes this massive mistake in her first week that has dire consequences. She’s left to deal with the fallout and repercussions while carrying a massive secret and trying to redeem herself. She’s incredibly intelligent, very tough and also very flawed. We explore so many interesting things along those lines over the course of the season.
TTVJ: One of the things I liked in the first two episodes is that we see her talking to a therapist. With all the stigma around mental health I think that’s so important to see on screen. Is that something that will continue throughout the season?
JL: Yes, it’s a huge part of the show. What’s beautiful about the way they wrote it, and something that I think is true for a lot of people dealing with mental health, is that you see her reluctance to it. She’s a person who has a hard time opening up and being vulnerable, but she knows deep down that she needs to talk about these things. I love that part of it. One of the reasons this part was so important in telling her story is that she doesn’t really have anyone in her life to talk to. Her father is dead and he was the most important person to her. She and her mother have a very strange relationship so her therapist ends up becoming her sounding board. She’s really the only person she can open up to and trust.
TTVJ: As Kate is thrust into this new team, she ends up working a lot with Dylan Bruce’s Nolan. What’s their partnership like and how was it working with Dylan?
JL: Nolan and Kate don’t get off to the best start. He gives her a hard time, plays pranks on her and makes her run errands for him because he doesn’t necessarily trust her. It takes the course of the season for them to trust each other and for Kate to not hate him. He’s so hard on her right from the get go. It’s a beautiful journey the two of them take. She screws up so massively with her first partner so she’s so cautious about building another relationship.
Working with Dylan is fantastic. He’s a really great actor and incredibly positive. We got along really well so going to work everyday was really fun.
TTVJ: I love seeing female friendships on screen and Kate seems to have found a friend in the department in Luvia Petersen’s Meg. Can we expect that relationship to continue?
JL: That’s the nature of Meg’s character in that she’s far less judgemental than Nolan. The friendship is something that will blossom even more if we get a second season. Kate has so many walls up because she screws up so bad early on and feels so bad and guilty. She has a hard time making connections with anyone because she’s carrying this secret. Meg is someone she wants to be friends with but there’s still something holding her back. That relationship will continue to grow and I agree, I’m glad it’s not an adversarial one.
TTVJ: You’re also an executive producer on The Murders. What was that experience like for you?
JL: It was amazing and I was so grateful to Damon [Vignale, showrunner]. They were really open to having me be a part of the larger conversation and I feel like it was life-changing for me. It made me feel empowered to speak up and that my decisions were heard and listened to. I got to be part of all the creative stuff on the show — wardrobe, production design and how things are managed on set. I’ve been doing this for 20 years so I felt like I had a lot of knowledge to bring to the role.
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The Murders premieres on Monday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET on Citytv.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.