Canadian Screen Award-winning actor Lyriq Bent (THE AFFAIR) joins the cast ~ Shot in North Bay, ON, the one-hour offbeat mystery crime drama airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET

TORONTO – CTV’s original MADE® in Canada series CARTER returns for its second season on the newly rebranded CTV Drama Channel, full of comic twists and schemes with a two-episode premiere on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET. In Season 2 of this unorthodox mystery crime drama, star Jerry O’Connell reprises his CSA-nominated role as Harley Carter, a former television detective who, having successfully charmed his way through solving real-life mystery cases, has returned to the scene of the crime as an official private detective this season.

Re-joining Carter on his new adventures are fan-favourite co-stars Kristian Bruun and Sydney Poitier Heartsong as Harley’s childhood friends Dave Leigh and police detective Sam Shaw. Together the trio taps into Harley’s years of playing a fictional detective to uncover a new crop of crimes and culprits in the lakeside town of Bishop, Ontario, further proving that truth can be stranger than fiction.

Joining CARTER this season is CSA-winning actor Lyriq Bent (THE AFFAIR) who stars as new police chief Joyce “Joy” Warwick Boyle, an NYPD transplant with a mysterious past and threat to Harley’s love life. In addition to Bent, CARTER boasts a fantastic lineup of multitalented acclaimed guest stars including David Arquette (Scream), Colin Mochrie (WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?), O’Connell’s MY SECRET IDENTITY co-star Derek Mcgrath (KIM’S CONVENIENCE),  and legendary THE KIDS IN THE HALL alumni Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley.

The new season of CARTER will be available On Demand via set-top box, the CTV Drama app, and on CTVDrama.ca; and Season 1 of CARTER is available streaming on Crave. Check out the trailer for the 10-episode, one-hour sophomore season here:

“We are very excited to have another season of CARTER join our slate of riveting programing this fall on CTV Drama Channel,” said Pat DiVittorio Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “The first season of this out-of-the box mystery series had viewers gripped with every new case and every witty quip from the dynamic Jerry O’Connell. We are confident Season 2 will deliver another round of action, intrigue, and charm that will complement the many acclaimed series on the network including THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, and KILLING EVE.”

In the premiere episode, “Harley Wears A Wig” (Friday Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET) Harley (O’Connell) takes on his first official case as a P.I. when Bishop local Neil Jacott (Colin Mochrie) asks him to help track down his missing wife – but things are not quite as they seem. Joyce Boyle (Bent) arrives in town and takes over as the new chief of police for Bishop P.D., inspiring Sam’s (Poitier Heartsong) interest and Harley’s suspicions. Also, Dot (Brenda Kamino) deals with her new normal after the passing of her husband Koji (Denis Akiyama).

Next at 10 p.m. ET, the episode entitled “Harley Loses a Finger” begins with a severed human thumb in a jar. When a group of British grifters come to Bishop, Harley(O’Connell) and the gang find themselves thrust into a Guy Ritchie-style caper and locked into a game of cat and mouse with a charming British conman (Julian Richings, DOOM PATROL).

In Canada, CARTER made Bravo (now CTV Drama Channel) the #1 entertainment specialty channel in its timeslot throughout its run. Outside of Canada, the series was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for AXN, where it will return for Season 2 in select markets across Europe and Latin America and will also return to WGN America in the U.S. The series is distributed by SPT worldwide, excluding Canada.

CARTER is produced by Amaze Film + Television and executive produced by the company’s founders Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (CALL ME FITZ, Saint Ralph), producer Victoria Hirst (Away From Her), as well as series creator Garry Campbell, O’Connell, and Season 2 showrunner and EP Andy Berman(PSYCH). Production Executive for Bell Media is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

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About Amaze Film + Television

Amaze Film + Television is an international film and television production company based in Toronto founded by producers Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence. Amaze’s diverse portfolio includes the award-winning HBO series CALL ME FITZ, starring Jason Priestley, the half hour comedy THE STANLEY DYNAMIC, the TIFF Kids Audience award winning family film FINN ON THE FLY, the drama feature SAINT RALPH distributed theatrically around the world. Most recently Amaze’s comedy documentary BEING CANADIAN, hit the iTunes top 10 during the week of its release and was nominated for a WGA Award. For more info visit Amaze Film + Television at www.amazefilm.com.

About CTV Drama Channel

CTV Drama Channel features bingeable, premium scripted series, as well as some of the most dramatic and can’t-miss moments in unscripted television. CTV Drama Channel is the exclusive home of award-winning and highly acclaimed series THE HANDMAID’S TALE and KILLING EVE, the fan-favourite PROJECT RUNWAY franchise, original dramedy CARTER, and more than 20 upcoming original made-for-television films from Harlequin Studios. From CTV, Canada’s most-watched network, CTV Drama Channel is part of a powerful suite of specialty channels that also includes CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Life Channel, and CTV Sci-Fi Channel. More information about CTV Drama Channel is available at CTVDrama.ca