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Private Eyes roars back onto Global for Season 2

Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) and Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) are back in Private Eyes, but there are changes afoot in Season 2. Tonally, there is a different feel to Global’s whodunnit drama, returning to the network on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The change is mainly because Shade and Angie are now equal partners at Everett Investigations. Yes, Shade is still trying to prove himself as a private investigator, but he’s much more adept and less time is spent on whether he can do the job. Meanwhile, Shade’s father Don (Barry Flatman) is struggling with retirement, and his daughter Jules (Jordyn Negri) is spending a lot more time with her mother, shaking things up on Shade’s home front. What Don decides to do post-retirement has an effect on everyone, necessitates a shift to a new setting and a new character in Shona Clement (Sharon Lewis). Det. Derek Nolan (Clé Bennett) and Det. Kurtis Mazhari (Ennis Esmer) are back and helping with cases, but things become more complicated due to romance … and Shade and Angie’s new assistant, Zoe (Samantha Wan). Zoe proves to be an important part of the team … and catches Maz’s eye. Throw in possible romantic targets for Shade and Angie in Melanie Parker (Bree Williamson) and Dr. Ken Graham (Mark Ghanimé) and these new 18 episodes prove to be quite a ride.

We spoke to Priestley and Sampson ahead of Thursday’s return—where Shade and Angie investigate death threats against a race car driver—about this season’s adventures.

In Thursday’s Season 2 return, Shade tries to stop a driver from racing

It feels like these characters are getting away from the sexual tension that was there in Season 1 and focussing more on the cases.
Cindy Sampson: Most definitely. Season 2 is more about the guest stars and the cases.

Jason Priestley: We’re getting on with it now. In the first season, we were laying a lot of the groundwork. Now we’re getting on with it and getting into the life of the show.

Having a new set, the diner makes a more natural place for everyone to hang out as well.
Sampson: It’s just like The Peach Pit!

One of the things I wondered about was the mystery surrounding Angie’s father and the envelope Shade found taped to the bottom of his desk. I was concerned that would be drawn out, but it’s resolved almost immediately. And, you’ve got Samantha Wan joining these two. What can you say about Wan’s character, Zoe?
Sampson: Having Zoe has added a different dynamic. It’s not just us. We have someone to play off of in our space and to bounce ideas off of. There is foreshadowing and maybe a relationship with Maz and Zoe. It creates a lot of different ways to go.

Priestley: It also frees us up to not always have to go back to the office to do legwork and sit in front of our computers. We can lay a lot of that stuff on her and stay out in the field and get into trouble and be the best investigators ever.

Where is Angie and Shade’s relationship at going forward? Is it friendship, a true partnership?
Priestley: We tick a lot of boxes for each other. This season, Shade and Angie’s relationship sort of ebbs and flows. They come together and then move apart, come together and move apart.

Sampson: At the core of it is what’s always best for the agency. There is that common goal they have and it’s always the most important because it’s become their lives. But, Shade begins a relationship that could screw our professional lives, so … you know … he’s a man. He’s not really thinking that through…

Priestley: … which men are prone to do from time to time …

Sampson: Actually, it’s really funny. In Episode 12 the four of us go away on an adventure.

What can you tell me about Angie and her relationship with Dr. Ken?
Sampson: They were together for five years. He proposed and she didn’t want to be Mrs. Perfect and ran away and called off the wedding. He moved away for work overseas with Doctors Without Borders and she hasn’t seen him in a year. Then he moves to town and his clinic gets broken into and, coincidentally, we’re there to save the day. It’s a major coincidence.

Priestley: That never happens on TV, what are you talking about?!

What about the custody situation between Shade and Jules? They’re struggling because Jules is spending most of her time away from her father.
Priestley: It’s tough on both of them at the beginning of the season and as the season progresses that situation—because it is so stressful—changes and Jules spends more time in Shade’s house because that custody setup was not working for anybody. Putting Shade in that position where he was dealing with it was adding just another pressure point to his life and that’s the kind of thing we like to explore on this show. We don’t like it to be smooth sailing for the characters … ever.

Private Eyes airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

Images courtesy of Corus.

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Global announces Private Eyes’ Season 2 return date

From a media release:

Global jump-starts summer with a primetime lineup stacked with the hottest new dramas, high-stakes reality, and some of the most anticipated returning series.

Kicking off Global’s summer schedule is the return of Canada’s favourite detective duo, Shade and Angie, as last summer’s #1 new series* Private Eyes is back Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, Season 2 welcomes new cast members including Samantha Wan (Second Jen), Sharon Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Bree Williamson (One Life To Live), and Mark Ghanimé (Reign). In anticipation of the Season 2 premiere, viewers can catch up on the first season on GlobalTV.com and Global Go.

Private Eyes – Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (Season 2 premiere)
Ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) irrevocably changed his life when he decided to team up with fierce PI Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse. Now, this dynamic duo has found their rhythm both on and off the case. They still view the world through different lenses, but have learned to use each other’s strengths to their mutual advantage … mostly. With their new equal partnership comes a booming business, and they opt to hire an assistant in the form of quirky Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan). Zoe also acts as a buffer and translator when Shade and Angie fall into their old habits. With new cases come new faces, each with their own indelible story and effect on Shade and Angie. Private Eyes is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and COGECO Program Development Fund.

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Link: MIPTV: Jason Priestley drama ‘Private Eyes’ sells across Europe, Australia

From Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter:

Link: MIPTV: Jason Priestley drama ‘Private Eyes’ sells across Europe, Australia
Jason Priestley’s latest TV venture is paying off for Entertainment One, which closed multiple deals on Private Eyes, a new procedural starring the ex-90210 star.

The series, which Canada’s Global Television has just picked up for 18 episodes following a blockbuster debut, also sold to Universal Channel for Australia, the SBS for Belgium and to Fox Networks Group for European territories including Italy and Hungary. Private Eyes has already sold to multiple territories, including to ION Television in the U.S., Universal Channel for the U.K., TF1 for France and Fox for Portugal and Spain. Continue reading.

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William Shatner among guest stars of Private Eyes season 2

From a media release:

Global announces Canadian icon William Shatner among list of guest stars joining season 2 of hit series Private Eyes

  • Additional Guest Stars Include ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, Race Car Driver James Hinchcliffe, Fashion Entrepreneur Jeanne Beker, Fashion Designer Stephan Caras, and Actor Anthony Lemke
  • Last Summer’s #1 New Series Returns to Global Spring 2017

Global is thrilled to announce award-winning Canadian actor, director, and writer William Shatner will guest star on an episode of original hit series Private Eyes. With a second season returning this spring, Shatner joins series stars Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, and will play a P.I. and old nemesis of Angie Everett (Sampson).

Global’s detective drama also welcomes additional notable Canadian personalities including ET Canada’s very own Sangita Patel, renowned race car driver James “Hinch” Hinchcliffe, media personality and fashion entrepreneur Jeanne Beker, top fashion designer Stephan Caras, and Canadian actor Anthony Lemke.

With an exciting 18-episode order, Season 2 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.

In anticipation of the hit series’ return, viewers can catch up on the first season of Private Eyes on GlobalTV.com and Global Go.

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