Jason Priestley Stars as a Former Hockey Star Who Gets a Second Chance as a P.I.
Canadian Actress Cindy Sampson Stars as Priestley's P.I. Partner
Private Eyes is Available on GlobalTV.com and Global Go Following the Premiere
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TORONTO, April 26, 2016 /CNW/ - There's a new P.I. duo heating up Global's summer schedule as Jason Priestley (Call Me Fitz, Beverly Hills, 90210)) returns to Global, alongside Canadian actress Cindy Sampson (Supernatural), in the original crime-solving series Private Eyes (formerly The Code) premiering Thursday, May 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. From global studio Entertainment One Television (eOne), the 10-episode procedural drama which is filmed and set in Toronto follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Priestley) who irrevocably changes his life when he decides to team up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett (Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse.
Shade sees working with Angie as an opportunity to redeem himself from his checkered past. On the ice, he learned how to hustle, read people and anticipate their moves. Working with Angie, Shade discovers a fantastic rush of adrenaline, and realizes that he's found a new home where his skills still matter. Meanwhile, Angie took over her father's agency after his death and strives to keep his legacy alive. Each case is an opportunity for her to test her smarts, strength, and strategic thinking. Angie may find Shade naïve in the way that he sees the world, but his passion and heart bring something special to her one-woman business.
"Private Eyes is a smart combination of crime-solving drama and playful banter, underscored by the undeniable chemistry between two strong lead characters," said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment and Content Acquisition. "We're thrilled to welcome Jason Priestley to Global's primetime schedule, and share this bright take on a P.I. drama with viewers across the country."
The premiere episode begins in the fast-paced and cutthroat world of professional sports, where hockey scout Matt Shade's top pick, Cory Sinclair, goes down on the ice at the Intercontinental Professional Hockey League try-outs. Surrounded by suspicious circumstances, Shade begrudgingly teams up with private investigator Angie Everett to find out who sabotaged his young player. Through their new partnership, Shade is forced to examine who he has become and who he wants to be. Ongoing episodes find Shade and Angie investigating high-stakes crimes in the worlds of horse racing, fine dining, Toronto's vibrant hip-hop scene, scandalous literature, magic clubs, and more.
Additional cast in the series includes Barry Flatman (Fargo, Defiance) as Shade's father Don – the ultimate blue-collar hockey dad; Jordyn Negri (Warehouse 13, Dino Dan) as Shade's 14-year-old visually impaired daughter Jules, who is wise beyond her years but yearns to fit in; Clé Bennett (Rookie Blue, Barney's Version) as Detective Derek Nolan – a by-the-book cop who thinks P.I.s get in the way of his own police work; and Ennis Esmer (The Listener) as Detective Kurtis Mazhari – a good guy cop who is also a bit of a player, who helps Angie with cases because he sees P.I.s as useful to the force.
The series also features various guest stars including PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu, four-time JUNO Award-winning rapper, record producer, and record executive Kardinal Offishall, hockey legend Doug Gilmour who makes a cameo appearance in the first episode, former WWE superstar, "Edge" Adam Copeland, and more.
Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Private Eyes following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com and Global Go.
Private Eyes is executive produced by John Morayniss, Rachel Fulford and Tecca Crosby for eOne and Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller Segan together with Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin, and Jason Priestley. It was created by Tim Kilby and Shelley Eriksen. Showrunners/writers are Shelley Eriksen (Continuum, Flashpoint) and Alan McCullough (Rookie Blue, Reign). Directors for this season are Kelly Makin, Anne Wheeler, Shawn Piller, Charles Officer, Rob Lieberman, Jerry Ciccoritti and James Genn. It is inspired by the novel "The Code" by GB Joyce.
Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Cogeco Program Development Fund with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
eOne handles international rights for the series.
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