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Review: Priestley pumps up Package Deal

I miss Call Me Fitz. The HBO Canada award-winner about a morally-bankrupt used car salesman named Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (Jason Priestley) isn’t officially dead, but it’s as close as you can be without the press release shovelling dirt on it. I loved how Priestley blew his Beverly Hills, 90210 past out of the water by embodying a man who drank too much, chain-smoked, bedded women by the hundreds and elevated personal insults to new levels of atrocity.

And while Fitz may have moved on, Priestley isn’t totally over playing him. The actor chewed up every piece of scenery available as weatherman Storm Chambers in Monday’s episode of Package Deal. Storm may not share the same last name as Fitz, but he was full of his DNA. Smarmy charm? Check. Double-entendre jokes? (“Did you hear the news? There’s a storm brewing’. Down south,” he said to Kim.) Check. A taste for booze? You got it.

“The Imperfect Storm” brought hurricane Storm into Danny, Kim and Sheldon’s lives when Ryan saw the superstar meteorologist blow into the gang’s watering hole. Ryan was star-struck, Kim was repulsed and Danny was irritated, mainly because Storm had once reported sunshine on a day that downpoured on him. No matter; Ryan dropped everything and was at Storm’s beck and call. Late nights, drinking and over-laughter hid a side of Storm that was only revealed when Danny–attempting to make amends for not defending Kim during a robbery at the tea shop–informed Storm that no one really liked him. Shattered, Storm returned to the airwaves on the verge of suicide and only Sheldon’s foster puppy could brighten his day.

I had the chance to see Priestley work a room when he appeared in an episode of Spun Out last year and he’s a pro at it. That showed in “The Imperfect Storm”: he elevated the script to new levels and pushed his co-stars to up their game. The result? A great episode.

Package Deal airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET on City.

Tonight: Murdoch Mysteries, Strange Empire, Package Deal

Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Holy Matrimony Murdoch”
As their wedding day approaches, Murdoch and Ogden intervene in the trial of a woman accused of killing her husband.

Strange Empire, CBC – “Lonely Hearts”
With Jeremiah missing and bounty hunters on her trail, Kat meets a medicine woman who takes her on a journey to help her search.

Package Deal, City – “The Imperfect Storm”
Ryan (Jay Malone) befriends his hero, local celebrity weatherman, Storm Chambers (guest star Jason Priestley, Call Me Fitz). When Storm turns out to be an annoying jerk, Ryan is left looking for ways to shake this new friendship. Meanwhile, Danny (Randal Edwards) uses diplomacy to prevent a robbery at the tea shop and Sheldon’s (Harland Williams) attempt to date an animal shelter employee backfires when he falls in love with “someone” else – a dog.

Ratings: Week of October 13

From Bill Brioux:

The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19
CBC saw it’s top drama, Murdoch Mysteries, pull 1,029,000 on a Thanksgiving Monday. Strange Empire followed at 9 with 312,000. Continue reading.

Tonight: Murdoch Mysteries, Strange Empire, Package Deal

Murdoch Mysteries, CBC – “Glory Days”
Murdoch joins forces with legendary lawman Bat Masterson to hunt for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Strange Empire, CBC – “Other Powers”
Kat tells Marshal Caleb Mecredi she believes Slotter is guilty; Isabelle must convince Cornelius to loan her the miners’ wages.

Package Deal, City
Package Deal moves to Mondays. With guest star Jason Priestley.