The series will star Peters as a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents’ Indian homeland, and will begin shooting this fall in South Africa, Canada and India. Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, Wonder Films and CTV will produce the project, which is financed by Blue Ice Pictures and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.
“The Indian Detective” was developed for Peters by Spotnitz and Smita Bhide. Peters and Spotnitz will serve as executive producers with Blue Ice Pictures’ Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron, Mark Burton, Clayton Peters and Paul Canterna.
“I couldn’t be happier that my first leading role in a series will be on a show with not only my name in the title, but a show that lets me do drama and comedy at the same time,” said Russell Peters. “The fact that it’s actually set in Canada and India is an added bonus!”
“Russell Peters is one of the great comic minds of our time, but his real genius lies in his ability to cut through stereotypes and see people as they are,” said Frank Spotnitz. “I am delighted to be collaborating with him to bring to life a dramatic story that is so thought-provoking and funny.”
The series order comes one day after Spotnitz’s “Ransom” received a straight-to-series order at CBS. Last month, Spotnitz parted ways with Amazon drama “The Man in the High Castle,” on which he had served as executive producer and showrunner.