Comedian Russell Peters is set to star in The Indian Detective, a four-part comedy-drama series that Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (Transporter: The Series) developed for Peters in his first toplining role. It is set to air in Canada next year on Bell Media’s CraveTV and CTV and around the world. The project is a co-production between Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, Wonder Films and CTV and will shoot in the fall in South Africa, Canada and India.

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Peters, a Canadian of Indian descent, plays Doug D’Mello, a Toronto cop who unexpectedly finds himself investigating a murder in his parents’ Indian homeland. Blue Ice and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa are co-financing. Executive producers are Peters, Spotnitz, Blue Ice Pictures’ Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron, Mark Burton, Clayton Peters and Paul Canterna. Co-executive producer is Sharon Remmer (The Man in the High Castle).

The news comes on the heels of CBS coming aboard as the U.S. broadcaster of Ransom, a 13-episode drama series starring Luke Roberts from Spotnitz and Entertainment One. TF1 (France) and Corus’ Global (Canada) will be carrying the suspense series, originally announced at Mipcom 2014.