Fox’s ‘Murder in a Small Town’ Adds TV Legends to Its Cast

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'Murder in a Small Town'

Fox is making your next murder mystery TV show obsession. The network is developing a series called Murder in a Small Town, which is set to premiere during the 2024-25 season.

The show, based on a series of mystery novels by late Canadian author L.R. Wright, is set on the coast of British Columbia, which is also where the show will be shot. Fox is producing the series with Canada’s Sepia Films, marking the network’s first co-production with an international studio.

International co-productions are cheaper to produce, and American studios have been increasingly relying on them now that Hollywood has entered an era of cost-cutting. But that doesn’t necessarily mean A Murder in a Small Town will feel cheap; it has a cast full of recognizable actors and Fox veterans behind the camera. Fox drama executive Michael Thorn describes it as “a wonderful, great aspirational series which will feel very specific to our audience, with the promise of a signature Fox character in Karl Alberg.”

Here’s what we know about Murder in a Small Town so far, including its release date timeframe and more.

What is Murder in a Small Town about?

In the tradition of dramas about lovers who solve mysteries together, the series follows a world-weary detective and an enigmatic librarian as they investigate murders in their seemingly perfect community.

Here’s the official description: “Murder in a Small Town follows Karl Alberg (Rossif Sutherland), who moves to a quiet coastal town to soothe a psyche that has been battered by big-city police work. But this gentle paradise has more than its share of secrets, and Karl will need to call upon all the skills that made him a world-class detective in solving the murders that, even in this seemingly idyllic setting, continue to wash up on his shore. Kristin Kreuk stars as Cassandra, a local librarian who becomes Alberg’s muse, foil and romantic interest.”

Is Murder in a Small Town based on a book?

The show is based on L.R. Wright’s Karl Alberg novel series, which spanned nine books between 1985 and 1997. Her first Karl Alberg novel, The Suspect, won the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the most prestigious award in the mystery fiction world. She passed away in 2001.

Related: 101 Best Mystery Books of All Time

Who is in the Murder in a Small Town cast?

The cast includes six series regulars and two prominent special guest stars.

Rossif Sutherland as Karl Alberg

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IMAGO / Future Image

Sutherland is best known for his performances in shows including ER, Reign and The Handmaid’s Tale. He's the son of actor Donald Sutherland and half-brother of actor Kiefer Sutherland.

Kristin Kreuk as Cassandra Mitchell

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Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images

Kreuk is best known for her role as Lana Lang on the Superman series Smallville. More recently, she's appeared in Beauty & the Beast, Burden of Proof and Reacher.

Related: Everything to Know About 'Reacher' Season 3, Including Which Book It's Based On

Mya Lowe as Corporal Edwina Yen

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IMAGO / Hutchins Photo

Edwina Yen is another cop who’s new to town. She’s smart, sophisticated and ambitious, and feels she’s destined for bigger things than this sleepy small-town assignment. Lowe is known for My Life with the Walter Boys and Yellowjackets.

Savonna Spracklin as Isabella Harbud

Isabella Harbud is the police station’s civilian receptionist. She’s an Indigenous American who has a dry sense of humor and mixed feelings about working for the police. Spracklin has appeared on Yellowstone and in the Netflix movie Hold the Dark.

Aaron Douglas as Sergeant Sid Sokolowski

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Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Sid Sokolowski is Alberg’s devoted second-in-command. Douglas is best known for playing Galen Tyrol on the series Battlestar Galactica.

Fritzy-Klevans Destine as Constable Andy Kendrick

Andy Kendrick is a young cop who gets on everyone’s nerves, but Alberg sees his potential. Destine is best known for Superman & Lois and The Boys.

James Cromwell as George Wilcox

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Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

George Wilcox is a retired history teacher grieving the recent loss of his beloved wife. He’s a pillar of the community, but he has a secret. Cromwell is known for his Oscar-nominated performance in the movie Babe. His more recent credits include Sugar, Julia, and Succession. He’s a special guest star in Murder in a Small Town.

Stana Katic as Zoe Strachan

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Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

Zoe Strachan is a beautiful woman who mostly keeps to herself. Her cool exterior hides an explosive temper. Katic is no stranger to cop/non-cop investigative partnerships, having starred as homicide detective Kate Beckett opposite Nathan Fillion’s mystery novelist Richard Castle on the long-running series Castle. She's also a special guest star on Murder in a Small Town.

Who’s making Murder in a Small Town?

Ian Weir is Murder in a Small Town’s head writer and executive producer. He is best known in Canada for creating the 2000s teen drama Edgemont, which starred Kristin Kreuk. So Murder in a Small Town is a reunion for them.

Milan Cheylov is directing multiple episodes and serving as an executive producer. He has directed episodes of many Fox dramas, including The Cleaning Lady, Fantasy Island and 24.

What is the Murder in a Small Town release date?

Murder in a Small Town will premiere sometime during the 2024-25 season. We will update this post when a premiere date is announced.

How many episodes will Murder in a Small Town have?

An episode count has not been released yet.

Where to watch Murder in a Small Town

Murder in a Small Town will air on Fox. It will presumably stream on Hulu, the streaming home for Fox shows.

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