|Women's Murder Club|
|Based on||Women's Murder Club|
by James Patterson
|Developed by||Elizabeth Craft|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||60 minutes|
Paco & Blackjack, Inc.
Writer's Workbench Films
Papa Joe Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||October 12, 2007 -|
May 13, 2008
Women's Murder Club is an American police procedural and legal drama, which aired on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008. The series is set in San Francisco, California, and is based on the series of novels by the same name written by James Patterson. Series creators Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain also served as executive producers alongside Patterson, Joe Simpson, Brett Ratner, and R. Scott Gemmill. The latter also served as showrunner, with Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts co-executive producing. The pilot was directed by Scott Winant.
On March 31, 2008, it was announced that Women's Murder Club would return with three new episodes, beginning on Tuesday April 29, 2008, at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central, replacing Boston Legal. On May 12, 2008, ABC confirmed that the series would not return for a second season.
Based on the best-selling series of books by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, the series revolves around the lives of four women in San Francisco - a homicide detective, an assistant district attorney, a medical examiner, and 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 friendship, which leads the women to realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in both work and their personal lives.
The complete series was released on manufactured-on-demand DVD on 29 September 2014.
|0||"Pilot"||Scott Winant||Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain||N/A|
Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Jacobi investigate a series of murders occurring on the victims' wedding anniversaries. Jill prosecutes a man for the murder of his wife. Lindsay faces up to the past when her ex-husband announces he is getting married again and deals with the news that she is going to be the new lieutenant.Differences from the series include Cindy already being part of the club, Lindsay becoming the new lieutenant instead of her ex-husband, the casting of Tom, and the "flower killer" instead of the Kiss Me Not Killer.
|1||"Welcome to the Club"||Greg Yaitanes||Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain||October 12, 2007|
|Lindsay, Claire, Jill, and Jacobi investigate the murder of a prominent San Francisco reporter, and get unexpected help from the victim's co-worker, who has an interest in serial killers. In their private lives, Lindsay faces up to the past when her ex-husband is brought into her police department in a leadership role, and Jill faces a domestic crisis.|
|2||"Train In Vain"||Michael Fields||Barbara Hall||October 19, 2007|
|Lindsay and Jacobi hunt down a killer who committed a triple homicide on a subway car, and discover a disturbing twist in the killer's motive. Cindy tries to gain the respect of The Club. Jill prepares to move in with Luke. Claire helps Ed through his recovery. Lindsay meets Tom's fiancée.|
|3||"Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts"||Sarah Pia Anderson||Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts||October 26, 2007|
|While investigating a woman found dead in an alleyway, Jill bonds with the victim's teenage daughter. Meanwhile, Lindsay is encouraged by her friends to return to the dating scene and Claire attempts to bring the romance back into her marriage.|
|4||"Grannies, Guns, and Love Mints"||Rick Wallace||R. Scott Gemmill||November 2, 2007|
|The Club investigates an underground drug ring that's being run out of a nursing home. Lindsay feels pressured into going on a date. Jill makes a huge decision in her relationship with Luke.|
|5||"Maybe, Baby"||Skipp Sudduth||Matt Witten||November 9, 2007|
|The Club investigates the murder of a young man and the disappearance of his pregnant wife. Spurred on by the case, Jill expresses her desire to stay childless. Lindsay and Tom have a one-night stand.|
|6||"Play Through the Pain"||Tawnia McKiernan||Sherry Carnes||November 15, 2007|
|The Club investigate the murder of an NFL quarterback whose death was made to look like suicide. Meanwhile, Lindsay runs into Heather the day after her night with Tom, and the two men in Jill's life finally meet.|
|7||"The Past Comes Back to Haunt You"||Brian Spicer||Melinda Hsu||November 16, 2007|
|The Club have 24 hours to stop an innocent man's execution and find the real killer of the woman he was accused of murdering. Meanwhile, Jill discovers corruption in the DA's office, and Lindsay worries that her one-night stand with Tom may have resulted in pregnancy.|
|8||"No Opportunity Necessary"||Rick Wallace||Nichelle D. Tramble||November 23, 2007|
|The Club investigate the murder of an illegal immigrant, where the only witnesses are the victim's father (who was also shot), and his young daughter. Meanwhile, Lindsay calls in Heather to get through to the girl, and Jill turns to Denise for help when an immigration official turns up.|
|9||"To Drag & To Hold"||Mel Damski||Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts||December 7, 2007|
|The Club delve into San Francisco's drag queen community while investigating a murder. Meanwhile, Tom and Heather tie the knot, and Luke finally discovers the truth about Jill and Hanson's affair.|
|10||"FBI Guy"||Michael Schultz||Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain||January 4, 2008|
|The Club investigate the decapitation of a wine broker, and suspicion falls on his business partner. Agent Ashe tries to get Lindsay to investigate the Kiss Me Not Killer with him, and Lindsay is forced to come clean over the threat on her life. Tom and Heather return from their honeymoon.|
|11||"Father's Day"||Félix Enríquez Alcalá||Story by: Robert Nathan and Tom Postiglione|
Teleplay by: Sonny Postiglione and Tom Szentgyorgyi
|April 29, 2008|
|Lindsay bends the rules while investigating the murder of an undercover cop, and gets a rude awakening when her dirty ex-cop father suddenly reappears in her life. Meanwhile, Cindy still feels distant from the rest of The Club and Lindsay meets a handsome stranger.|
|12||"And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free"||Matthew Penn||Story by: Melinda Hsu and Robert Nathan|
Teleplay by: Melinda Hsu and Sherry Carnes
|May 6, 2008|
|An investigation into a rape and murder at a college frat party goes awry for the Club when Cindy is left fighting for her life. Meanwhile, Lindsay considers taking her relationship with Pete to a new level.|
|13||"Never Tell"||Brad Turner||Story by: Robert Nathan and Matt Witten|
Teleplay by: Matt Witten and Nichelle D. Tramble
|May 13, 2008|
|Lindsay risks her life and her new romance to capture the Kiss Me Not Killer once and for all, when a woman's kidnapping leads to the killer's identity being revealed to The Club.|
Robert Bianco, USA Today critic, 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."
Season 1: #57, 8.964m
|#||Episode||Air date||Rating||Share||18-49 (Rating/Share)||Viewers (m)||Rank (night)||Rank (timeslot)||Rank (overall)|
|1||"Welcome to the Club"||October 12, 2007||7.3||13||2.5/8||10.82||#1||#1||#26|
|2||"Train In Vain"||October 19, 2007||6.5||12||2.0/6||9.69||#2||#1||#37|
|3||"Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts"||October 26, 2007||6.1||11||1.9/6||8.90||#1||#1||#41|
|4||"Grannies, Guns, Love Mints"||November 2, 2007||6.4||11||1.9/6||9.47||#1||#1||#35|
|5||"Maybe, Baby"||November 9, 2007||6.5||11||2.0/6||9.70||#1||#1||#36|
|6||"Play Through the Pain"||November 15, 2007||6.1||10||3.3/9||8.93||#8||#3||#45|
|7||"The Past Comes Back to Haunt You"||November 16, 2007||6.2||11||1.7/5||8.94||#4||#1||#41|
|8||"No Opportunity Necessary"||November 23, 2007||5.3||9||1.6/5||7.76||#3||#1||#45|
|9||"To Drag & To Hold"||December 7, 2007||5.8||10||1.8/5||8.58||#2||#1||#32|
|10||"FBI Guy"||January 4, 2008||5.2||9||1.8/5||7.68||#2||#1||#36|
|11||"Father's Day"||April 29, 2008||5.8||9||1.9/5||8.14||#7||#2||#42|
|12||"And the Truth Will (Sometimes) Set You Free"||May 6, 2008||6.1||10||2.2/6||8.68||#8||#2|
|13||"Never Tell"||May 13, 2008||5.8||10||2.1/6||8.46||#2|
In Portugal, the series also airs on Fox Life (first-run) and TVI, but the latter airs the series at prohibitive time slots (around 1 a.m.), causing major criticism. The series is also airs on America Plus which is a part of Orbit Network.
In Latin America, the series is airing on the Fox channel.
In The Netherlands, the show airs on Net 5.
In the Philippines, the series is airing on C/S 9.
The Spanish Fox network also started airing in the beginning of September 2008 under the Spanish name "El Club Contra el Crimen".
In Russia, the show aired on December 17, 2008, on TV-3.
It has also been aired internationally to the U.S. Military on the American Forces Network (AFN) in 2008.
In Slovakia, the show began airing on January 7, 2009, on TV JOJ.
In France, the first four episodes were aired on March 7, 2009, on M6.
In Singapore, the show aired on November 11, 2009, on MediaCorp Channel 5.
In Italy, the show is airing on La5, but before on Canale 5 in July 2010.
In Germany, the show airs on VOX.
The following James Patterson Women's Murder Club novels have been released:
The show generated a series of spin-off games on the PC, Mac and Nintendo DS. For the PC and Mac, four hidden objects games were released: Death in Scarlet (2008), Darker Shade of Grey (2009), Twice in a Blue Moon (2009) and Little Black Lies (2010). Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion was released in 2009.