A man is found shot dead in a motel room. The door has been chain-locked from the inside. How could someone kill him and escape when the door was locked from the inside?
Written by: Peter Gawler
Directed by: Mat King
Australian Viewer Ratings: 353,000
Network 10 will launch an animated spin-off to CJZ’s My Life Is Murder tomorrow on 10 Play, My Name Is Captain Thunderbolt (Sometimes).
The six-episode series is based on a cat named Captain Thunderbolt, who wanders into the apartment of Alexa Crowe – the lead character in My Life Is Murder, played by Lucy Lawless – and takes up residence. Captain Thunderbolt appears in the television series. In the animated series, he has become a private detective, investigating Alexa’s life to decide if he should stay with her.
Written by Network 10’s digital editor Liz Galinovic and My Life Is Murder script editor Hannah Fitzpatrick, it is the first animated series made for Network 10’s digital platform.
Network 10 developed the series in partnership with the University of Newcastle’s animation school to enable a group of recent graduates to work on the project and bring Captain Thunderbolt to life.
Network 10 head of drama Rick Maier said: “Captain Thunderbolt is clearly a star going places. Not only deserving of a show in his own right, this also helps us defray the significant cost of his management, entourage, Winnebago and extensive backstage rider. This is a series for lovers of mystery and/or man’s second best friend.”
Ten-part series My Life Is Murder is currently airing on Network 10. It stars a Lawless as Crowe, a private investigator and former homicide detective whose insights into the darker quirks of human nature enable her to provoke and push felons’ right and wrong buttons as she unravels the truth behind baffling and bizarre crimes. Bernard Curry is her former colleague and long-time friend Detective Inspector Kieran Hussey, and Ebony Vagulans is the bubbly, sarcastic, ambitious Madison, who works as a data analyst for the police. It also stars Danielle Cormack, Don Hany, Lisa Hensley, Magda Szubanski, Nadine Garner, Ryan Corr and Dilruk Jayasinha.
DCD Rights pre-sold the series to Acorn TV in the US, and last week it was announced that UKTV has picked up the show for its crime drama channel Alibi.
My Name Is Captain Thunderbolt (Sometimes) will be available at www.10play.com.au/mylifeismurder from tomorrow July 24.
Channel 10 has released the trailer for Season 1 Episode 2 of My Life is Murder
Find out more about Lucy’s role on My Life is Murder by going to the AUSXIP My Life is Murder subsite
LUCY LOVES LIFE #LucyLawless is back on screens in a sexy, fun role. Having embraced life in her 50s, the New Zealand actress jumped at the opportunity to play sassy retired detective Alexa Crowe in CJZ’s seductive new crime drama #MyLifeIsMurder –
The Western Australian Newspaper
17 July 2019
Lucy Lawless is back on screens in a sexy, fun role. Vanessa Williams reports.
At 51, Lucy Lawless feels sexier than ever. Having embraced life in her 50s, the New Zealand actress jumped at the opportunity to play sassy retired detective Alexa Crowe in CJZ’s seductive new crime drama My Life Is Murder.
Despite handing in her badge, Alexa finds herself lured back into solving crimes across Melbourne by former colleague, Det-Insp. Kieran Hussey (Wentworth star Bernard Curry).
A fiery, opinionated and no-nonsense woman, Alexa knows what she wants and will stop at nothing until it’s done to her satisfaction. This, Lawless says, is what drew her to the role.
“I’ve loved it a lot,” says Lawless, who landed her big break in the 90s starring in the cult fantasy series, Xena: Warrior Princess.
“Not only is it a really tasty, fun, humorous character, it’s a delicious world that we enter “I think it’s also part of being over 50. You cease to care about what people think, and it’s a time of immense freedom, long enough to really eat life up. It’s one of the rewards of making it through your 40s.”
In the series opener, Alexa finds herself reprising her detective role, albeit without her badge, when approached by Kieran to help solve the death of a woman who fell from the balcony of a high-rise apartment.
Her first lead is a young and good-looking male escort who she suspects may have played a part in the woman’s death.
“I describe it as Elementary meets Sex and the City in Melbourne,” Lawless says.
“Because it is a sexy world and she goes out to see a male escort in the first episode and goes undercover into his world, so she walks a line of danger.
“She wants to get to the truth at all costs and sometimes that means being a bit of a liar. She’s a pretty good little liar when she needs to be. And she’s really gnarly and fun.
“She’s not a cop any more. She’s retired and she’s been drawn back into crime by an old friend and he introduces her to a young data analyst called Madison, played by this amazing young star Ebony Vagulans. At first Alexa, who is a bit of a misanthrope, doesn’t want anything to do with this young woman hanging around like a ball and chain but it turns out that this ball and chain has all her own skills. She’s spiky, she’s fun and they form a really great duo.”
Shot on location in Melbourne, Lawless relished the chance to soak up the city’s history, culture and architecture while working on the series.
“New Zealanders are very fond of Melbourne,” she says.
“I’ve been here twice for 30 hours but never got outside the casino so it was a revelation to me. So I thought wow is this what a well-designed city looks like. I love the trams, I love the diversity, the people, the food, the public art spaces, it’s just marvellous. We treat Melbourne like the star she is, she’s a character in the show.
“Melbourne has really been under-utilised. I think the fear is that Sydney people only want to watch Sydney things and there’s some parochialism about it . . . But I just think, if New Zealanders can be excited about Melbourne, Australians should be too.” While Lawless boasts an impressive portfolio that includes roles in popular US TV shows Spartacus, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Parks and Recreation, she’s hopeful Australians will enjoy her new series.
“I’m really excited to send it out to the world and I hope that you will all like it but, even if you don’t, we’re really proud of it,” she laughs.
“I thank all the beautiful little Aussies that I’ve made the show with because they’ve given me one of the true gems of my career that I will take out as an old lady and polish up and enjoy it all over again. It’s been a marvellous experience and I’ve enjoyed everything about it.”
Reflecting on the role that launched her international acting career in 1995, Lawless says she is still astounded by Xena’s popularity.
“I never foresaw that she would have such legs and that there is still so much love for it,” she says.
“It blows my mind. Australia liked it much more than New Zealand ever did. It was big around the world.”
Find out more about Lucy’s role on My Life is Murder by going to the AUSXIP My Life is Murder subsite
Announced today, independent UK based distributor DCD Rights has sold two leading Australian drama series, The Hunting and My Life Is Murder, to UK broadcasters Channel 5 and UKTV respectively.
A new investigative drama series, My Life Is Murder (10 x 60’), is a CJZ Production for Network Ten Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia and Network Ten, in association with Film Victoria. The series will premiere on UK screens soon after it airs in Australia on UKTV’s crime drama channel, Alibi. DCD Rights led the sale, and the acquisition was secured for UKTV by Charlie Charalambous, Acquisitions Manager. The ten-part series will debut on 17th July at 8.30pm on Network Ten in Australia and in September on Alibi.
Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights, said, “Australian drama has had somewhat of a renaissance lately and The Hunting and My Life Is Murder are prime examples of how the Australian content industry is still in its ascendency. Both these series are perfect for prime-time schedules in the UK and we are delighted that UK viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy Australian drama at its best.”
My Life Is Murder follows the complex, contrary and compelling investigator Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless – Xena: Warrior Princess, Ash vs Evil Dead, Top Of The Lake, Spartacus), who can’t help fighting the good fight – whether it’s solving murders or combating the small frustrations of everyday life. In each stand-alone episode, the fearless and unapologetic Alexa uses her unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human nature to provoke, comfort and push the right buttons as she unravels the truth behind a raft of the most baffling of crimes.
As Alexa unmasks the hidden passions and dangerous secrets lurking in the energetic, ever-changing city of Melbourne she is ably assisted by ambitious twenty something Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans – Doctor Doctor, The Letdown), who is not so quietly learning from the best – and her former boss, Detective Inspector Keiran Hussey (Bernard Curry – Wentworth, Faking It, Once Upon A Time), who enlists Alexa on his trickiest cases on the understanding it also means he gets to keep an eye on what she’s up to. And then there’s Alexa’s stubborn cat Captain Thunderbolt – Madison’s nemesis, Keiran’s biggest fan and the one personality Alexa will never quite crack…
And at the centre of everything, in all her unrepentant, brilliant, fearless glory, is Alexa Crowe. Ultimately this is a show about a woman who just refuses to give in. Or give up. Or shut up.
Lucy Lawless (Ash vs Evil Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Xena: Warrior Princess) appears at BUILD Studio on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM.
Tickets (Free) are available here
In My Life is Murder investigator Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless) can’t help fighting the good fight – whether it’s solving murders or combating the small frustrations of everyday life. Alexa’s unique skills and insights allow her to unmask the hidden passions and dangerous secrets lurking in the energetic, ever-changing city of Melbourne. The show is ultimately about an unrepentant and brilliant woman who refuses to give in. Or give up. Or even shut up.
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Date And Time
Mon, July 22, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
New York, NY 10012