- Women's Murder Club
show_name = Women's Murder Club
Police procedural Legal drama
Elizabeth Craft Sarah Fain
Angie Harmon Laura Harris Paula Newsome Aubrey Dollar Tyrees Allen Linda Park
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 13
list_episodes = List of Women's Murder Club episodes
Elizabeth Craft Sarah Fain
network = ABC
October 12 2007
May 13 2008
imdb_id = 0955353
tv_com_id = 68648
"Women's Murder Club" is an American
police proceduraland legal drama, which ran on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008. The series is set in San Francisco, Californiaand is based on the 'Women's Murder Club' series of novels written by James Patterson. Series creators Elizabeth Craftand Sarah Fainalso served as executive producers alongside Patterson, Joe Simpson, Brett Ratnerand R. Scott Gemmill. The latter also served as showrunner, with Gretchen Bergand Aaron Harbertsco-executive producing. [ [http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-newshowsaddproducers-marshmccalldansackheim,0,3841917.story?coll=zap-news-headlines New shows begin off-camera shuffle] ] The pilot was directed by Scott Winant. [ [http://www.thefutoncritic.com/devwatch.aspx?id=womens_murder_club The Futon Critic] ]
20th Century Fox Television, the series first aired on Friday nights at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central. On October 31, 2007, ABC ordered an additional three scripts. [ [http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7485 Breaking News - NBC Benches 'Singing Bee,' 'Heroes: Origins'; ABC Extends 'Murder Club' | TheFutonCritic.com ] ] The show was affected by the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strikeas only 10 of the 13 episodes ordered were produced.
February 23, 2008, it was announced that the show would return in late April with three episodes. This comes two weeks after the show was almost cancelled. [ [http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Womens-Murder-Club/800034025 Ausiello Scoop: Women's Murder Club to Return in April - Ausiello Report | TVGuide.com ] ] On March 31, 2008, it was announced that Women's Murder Club would return with 3 new episodes beginning on Tuesday April 29, 2008at 10/9c replacing " Boston Legal". [ [http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20080331abc01 Breaking News - "Women'S Murder Club" Returns To Abc With All-New Original Episodes This April | Thefutoncritic.Com ] ] On May 12, 2008, ABC confirmed that the series would not return for a second season. [ [http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/womens-murder-club-abc-kills-angie-harmon-series/ Women’s Murder Club: ABC Kills Angie Harmon Series’ Chances for Season Two | TV Series Finale ] ]
Based on the best-selling series of books by
James Patterson, the series revolves around the lives of four women in San Francisco - a homicide detective, an assistant district attorney, a medical examinerand a newspaper reporter- who come together to use their expertise and talents in their respective fields to solve murder cases. Though they lead distinctly different lives, they are bound together by a strong bond of friendshipwhich lead the women to realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in both work and their personal lives.
Inspector Lindsay Boxer( Angie Harmon) - Lindsay is the principal character of the series. She is a transplant from her native Texas, as noted by Jacobi in "Play Through the Pain." She has a lingering obsession over the "Kiss-Me-Not" killer, [ [http://www.womens-murder-club.com/Kiss-Me-Not-Killer.html The Kiss-Me-Not Killer] ] whose case she worked for five years; that obsession led to the breakup of her marriage to Tom Hogan. At the end of the first episode, the "Kiss-Me-Not" killer returns, and though the FBI is now in charge of the case, Lindsay has a hard time letting go. In "FBI Guy," she reveals that her attic is full of information on Kiss-Me-Not's victims and that she considers the destruction of her personal life an acceptable exchange for capturing him. She had a miscarriage while she was married to Tom Hogan ("Maybe, Baby"). After having a one night stand with Tom prior to his wedding to Heather, she has a pregnancy scare, though it turns out she is actually anemic. She owns a dog, Martha, who she adopted after her original owner was murdered.
Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt( Laura Harris) - Jill is a successful assistant district attorney, who works at City Hall. Her father died when she was eight and she ended up in the foster system some time after her mother remarried ("Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts"). She has a weak stomach when it comes to gore and vomits often enough at bloody crime scenes that Inspector Boxer usually leaves a barf bagfor her. She has a fear of commitment, presumably due to her dislike of her stepfather and her constant shuffling in the foster system.
Dr. Claire Washburn( Paula Newsome) - Claire is a medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department. She is happily married, but there is some strain due to her husband's recent injury, which has left him confined to a wheelchair. She has two sons.
Cindy Thomas( Aubrey Dollar) - Cindy is the youngest member of the Women's Murder Club. She works as a crime reporter for the fictional "San Francisco Register", though she previously worked the metro section. Her father, whom she idolized, died eighteen months before the events of "Play Through the Pain." She has an eidetic memory.
*Inspector Warren Jacobi (
Tyrees Allen) - Lindsay's loyal partner. He was up for the lieutenant position that went to Tom, but has not expressed much disappointment that he didn't get the job, seeming to prefer field work to the politics of the position. He also seems to prefer the finer things in life, having an affinity for wine, 30-year-old whiskey, and opera. He is thrice divorced and has a child from one of those marriages.
*Lieutenant Tom Hogan (
Rob Estes) - Lindsay's ex-husband, who in the first episode was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as her boss. He is engaged in the pilot and has remarried by "To Drag and to Hold," but he still worries that Lindsay's obsession with her work will consume her. Tom was played by Christopher Wiehlin the unaired pilot.
Deputy District AttorneyDenise Kwon ( Linda Park) - Jill's immediate superior at the DA's office, she clashes with her over her "bleeding heart" style. She is also antagonistic towards Jill due to her past romantic history with Hanson North. When the show returned after the writer's stike, the first episode back's credits no longer showed her name. But by the second episode, she was back in the credits as a series regular.
*Luke Bowen (
Coby Ryan McLaughlin) - Jill's ex boyfriend. He is an ER doctor at the fictional Mission Cross North. Jill and Luke have recently broken up after he found out that she had slept with Hanson while she was with Luke.
*Hanson North (
Kyle Secor) - Defense attorney who has a romantic history with Jill and is currently seeing her boss, Denise Kwon.
*Ed Washburn (Jonathan Adams) - Claire's husband. Currently wheelchair-bound after being shot while serving as a police officer.
*Heather Hogan née Donnelly (
Ever Carradine) - Tom's new wife. She is a kindergarten teacher who is eco-friendly, planning a green wedding.
*Pete Raynor (
Joel Gretsch) - Lindsay's love interest in season 1, that is only in town for two weeks.
After reviewing the pilot and skipping the second advance episode, Tim Goodman,
San Francisco ChronicleTV critic, published a highly critical review assigning the paper's lowest possible rating. [cite web | url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/11/DD0ASNIO8.DTL | title='Women's Murder Club' - bonding over crime | first=Tim | last=Goodman | date= 2007-10-11| publisher= San Francisco Chronicle| accessdate=2007-10-11 ]
The New York TimesTV critic, described many nuanced aspects of the show and concluded with, "Women’s Murder Club" is all right, but not good enough." [cite web | url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/arts/television/12murd.html | title=Homicide and Heels | first=Alessandra | last=Stanley | date= 2007-10-12| publisher= The New York Times| accessdate=2007-10-11 ]
USA Todaycritic wrote a positive review titled "'Murder Club': A simple pleasure worth living for" and ending with, "Still, the actors are enjoyable, and their series in large part does what it sets out to do. It isn't nearly as good as "Friday Night Lights", of course - few shows are. But unlike so many fall clunkers, it's competent. This season, that's a rather select club." [cite web | url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/reviews/2007-10-11-murder-club-preview_N.htm | title='Murder Club': A simple pleasure worth living for
first=Robert | last=Bianco | date=
2007-10-11| publisher= USA Today| accessdate=2007-10-11 ]
Los Angeles Timescritic wrote a positive review titled "'Murder Club' is worth joining". [cite web | url=http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-murder12oct12,1,4975293.story | title='Murder Club' is worth joining
first=Mary | last=McNamara | date=
2007-10-12| publisher= Los Angeles Times| accessdate=2007-10-11 ]
U.S. Nielsen ratings
Season 1: #57, 8.964m
The series airs on and E! in
Canada, Channel Tenin Australiaand TV3 in New Zealand. [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/programming/a63736/ten-picks-up-fox-nbcu-programming.html Ten picks up Fox, NBCU programming] ] [ [http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/222376 TV lineup launch disrupted] [http://www.tv3.co.nz/TVShows/Drama/WomensMurderClub/tabid/783/Default.aspx?showid=16239] ] Reruns of the show currently air on Mystery TVin Canada.
The series also airs on
FOX Life(first-run) and TVI in Portugal, but the latter airs the series at prohibitive time slots (around 1 a.m.), causing major criticism. The series is also airs on America Pluswhich is a part of Orbit Network.
As of the 5th of September, 2008, WMC also started airing on the Belgian tv channel [http://www.vtm.be/ VTM] The channel officially announced that the show would "strengthen" their Friday Night programming on the 31st of August.
The Spanish FOX network also started airing in the beginning of September 2008 under the Spanish name "Club Contra el Crimen".
The show also airs in
South Africaon Mnetit Premiered on September 11, 2008
* [http://www.womensmurderclub.biz/ Fansite]
* [http://www.womensmurderclub.es/ WMC Spain]
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