Ovation TV announced today its “Secrets & Crimes” programming block, which features the first two seasons of The Brokenwood Mysteries and the first season of Mystery Road.

Brokenwood Mysteries & Mystery Road
Brokenwood Mysteries: Neill Rea as Mike Shepherd | Mystery Road: Aaron Pederson as Detective Jay Swan, Judy Davis as Emma James | Photos courtesy of Ovation TV

Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, is launching its new “Secrets & Crimes” Monday night programming block this summer, which includes back-to-back film and drama series pairings that begin airing at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT.

Kicking off the drama series portion of “Secrets and Crimes” is the revival of the Canadian legal drama Street Legal (details here), followed by Seasons 1 and 2 of Kiwi mystery drama The Brokenwood Mysteries and the US linear TV debut of Season 1 of Aussie crime drama Mystery Road.

Episodes of the TV dramas will air “after dark” — immediately following two “Secrets & Crimes”-themed films as their lead-ins. The movie titles include The Usual Suspects, The Bank Job, Clear and Present Danger, Murder at 1600, Smokin’ Aces, Tango & Cash, The Thomas Crown Affair, American Outlaws, Pulp Fiction, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Fargo, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Quick and the Dead, and The Untouchables.

The Brokenwood Mysteries

Set in the seemingly quiet New Zealand town of Brokenwood, this awesome series follows Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea, Go Girls), Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland, The Almighty Johnsons), and Detective Constable Sam Breen (Nic Sampson, Step Dave) as they investigate mystifying, inventive, and macabre crimes in and around the eponymous country town. Cristina Serban Ionda costars as medical examiner Dr. Gina Kadinsky.

The Brokenwood Mysteries: Season 1 begins airing under Ovation TV‘s “Secrets & Crimes” block on Tuesday, June 29, at 12:30 AM ET (Monday, June 28, 9:30 PM PT), followed by Season 2 on Tuesday, July 27, at 12:30 AM ET (Monday, July 26, 9:30 PM PT).

Mystery Road

Aaron Pederson (Jack Irish, Total Control) stars in this Outback Noir mystery-crime drama series — a spinoff of the 2013 film of the same name — as Indigenous Australian Detective Jay Swan. In the first season, Jay is called to the remote Australian town of Patterson by local cop Emma James (two-time Oscar® nominee Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives, A Passage to India) to help investigate the mysterious disappearance of two farmhands on an outback cattle station. The investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.

Mystery Road: Season 1 has its US linear TV debut on Tuesday, August 24 at 12:30 AM ET (Monday, August 23 at 9:30pm PT), as part of Ovation TV‘s “Secrets & Crimes” programming block.

Episodes of both series will also be available on the Ovation NOW app and on demand the day after their broadcast transmission.


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Ovation TV’s ‘Secrets & Crimes’ to Feature ‘The Brokenwood Mysteries’ & ‘Mystery Road’