Zoom Me Up, Scotty

TVNZ is promoting William Shatner as one of the guest stars on the next season of My Life is Murder, which will premiere after the Tokyo Olympics.

In a media release about the Lucy Lawless series, which was shot in NZ, TVNZ highlights the “star-studded” cast, including Shatner’s phone-in performance: “Zooming in from America is acting legend William Shatner, best known for his roles in Star Trek and Boston Legal.”

Another international recruit is Bill Bailey, who at least filmed his role while here making Patriot Brains.

Here’s the media release:

Star-studded cast joins Lucy Lawless on My Life Is Murder  

Set to premiere after Tokyo 2020, Lucy Lawless reprises her role as the fiercely independent and brilliant detective Alexa Crowe, where she’ll be joined on screen by some of best acting talent from Aotearoa and further afield.

Filmed entirely in New Zealand, the spin-off series sees Alexa Crowe in Tāmaki Makaurau, featuring an impressive cast list including: Matt Whelan (The Luminaries) and Cian Elyse White (Vegas), Anika Moa, and Ben Barrington (Shortland Street).

Martin Henderson, known for his roles on Grey’s Anatomy and The Gloaming, joins the My Life Is Murder cast as Lawless’ brother, alongside other series regulars Rawiri Jobe, Joe Naufahu and Ebony Vagulans.

Viewers will also recognise Jay Ryan (Creamiere), Bill Bailey (Patriot Brains), Robyn Malcolmand Antonia Prebble from Outrageous Fortune, alongside Lawless’ Spartacus co-stars Anna Hutchison and Graham Vincent, as each episode sees Alexa continue to unravel the truth behind curious “unsolvable” cases.

Zooming in from America is acting legend William Shatner, best known for his roles in Star Trekand Boston Legal.

TVNZ OnDemand’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under alum Elektra Shock and winner Kita Mean showcase their acting skills in the second season of the crime-drama, which also unites husband and wife duos Hannah Marshall and David De Lautour, and Grace Palmer and Rawiri Jobe.

My Life Is Murder is a contemporary mystery drama with a compelling female lead who is passionate about two things: discovering the secrets and hidden agendas behind the most baffling of crimes and perfecting her sourdough. Mostly in that order.

The second season of My Life Is Murder coming soon to TVNZ 1.

My Life Is Murder: Aotearoa is a Greenstone TV production for TVNZ, Acorn TV and DCD Rights in association with Network 10.

The Series Producer is Mark Beesley (Westside); Line Producer is Tara Landry (The Brokenwood Mysteries); and Executive Producers are Lucy Lawless, Claire Tonkin, Rachel Antony and Tim Pye.

My Life Is Murder season 1 is available on TVNZ OnDemand.

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3 Responses to “Zoom Me Up, Scotty”

  1. Didn’t even know there was a first series! Given the lack of subtitles, the first series was an Australian production?

  2. Yep, it rated quite well on TVNZ 1 on Friday nights. Here’s the link to the Aotearoa spin-off announcement: https://www.screenscribe.net/wp-admin/post.php?post=88655&action=edit

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