Series Stars Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson Return for New Season to Air on Global Spring 2017
Priestley to Direct Episode One of the Canadian Original Detective Drama
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Entertainment One (eOne) and Piller Segan, alongside Canadian broadcast partner Corus, are pleased to announce that principal photography has begun on Season 2 of Global's runaway success Private Eyes. Starring Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210, Call Me Fitz) and Cindy Sampson (Rogue, Supernatural), the 18-episode order is shooting in and around Toronto and is set to premiere on Global in spring 2017. Priestley will also play double duty as both star of the series and director of the first episode.
As last summer's #1 new series, the Canadian original detective drama follows the P.I. powerhouse duo, Matt Shade (Priestley) and Angie Everett (Sampson) as they lead Everett Investigations together and test each other both professionally and personally.
"Along with our production partners at Piller Segan and the entire cast and crew, we are delighted to be back in production on the new season of Private Eyes," said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, Canada, eOne Television. "We were blown away by the fervent response to Season 1 and we're excited to build on that momentum with a fantastic second season."
"We are thrilled to partner once again with the talented team at Entertainment One and Piller Segan on Season 2 of Global's breakout hit Private Eyes," said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. "Private Eyes was the #1 new series last summer and we look forward to building on that success by expanding the story of these dynamic characters, giving viewers more of what they fell in love with during its first season."
Season two picks up with Shade now Angie's full partner in Everett Investigations, but are the two of them really ready for what that means? Team player Shade has grand plans to "grow the agency" – but lone wolf Angie's used to things the way they are. Can these two ever reconcile their differences to succeed as a duo?
One thing's clear: their contrasting skillsets yield results when it comes to solving cases. As their success grows, the cases that come their way get even bigger and more sophisticated, plunging them into the diverse worlds of auto racing, real estate, high fashion, and private school privilege. For all their bickering and disagreements, there's no substitute for the adrenaline rush of taking down a bad guy or helping an innocent victim. And through it all, there's the undeniable chemistry between the two – something they must acknowledge sooner or later.
Further complicating matters are Shade's too-smart daughter Jules (Jordyn Negri, Grizzly Cup), his unpredictable ex-wife Becca (Nicole de Boer, Haven), and his quick-witted and sarcastic father Don (Barry Flatman, Hell on Wheels, Fargo). Other returning characters are the lovable Detective Mazhari (Ennis Esmer, Blindspot, Red Oaks, You Me Her) and the cool-as-ice Detective Nolan (Clé Bennett¸ Heroes Reborn, Sensitive Skin), Angie's sometime boyfriend and foil to Shade. Joining the cast this season is Samantha Wan (Second Jen) as Zoe Chow, the quirky bookworm that Shade and Angie take on as an office manager to assist – and mediate – their epic disputes.
Private Eyes season two is executive produced by John Morayniss and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller Segan, Jason Priestley, Alan McCullough, James Thorpe and Tassie Cameron. McCullough and Piller are also Showrunners for season two.
Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
eOne controls international rights for the series.
Source: Numeris PPM Data, SM16 (May 30 – Sep 11/16) 3+ airings, confirmed data, AMA (000), Total Canada, Ind.2+, A1849, A2554, F1849, F2554
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