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New original drama Private Eyes starring Jason Priestley premieres May 26 on Global

From a media release:

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.

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 13Dino 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 BlueBarney’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.

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.


Jason Priestley injured on set of Global’s The Code

We’re sending out well wishes to Jason Priestley, who suffered an injury while filming Global’s new 2016 drama The Code. The drama project has been shut down for at least three days after Priestley was bucked off a horse while filming in Toronto; he won’t return until given a clean bill of health from a neurologist.

We understand the precaution. Priestley suffered a serious head injury, fractured spine, broken nose and fractured feet in a 2002 car crash during the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series at Kentucky Speedway.

As previously announced, The Code stars Priestley as Matt “Shadow” Shade, an ex pro hockey player who uses his ability to read people and anticipate their next move to success as a crime-solving private investigator. The 10-part one-hour project also stars Cindy Sampson (Rookie Blue) as Angie Everett; Barry Flatman (Defiance) as Matt’s father, Don; and Jordyn Negri (Warehouse 13) as Matt’s daughter, Jules.

Based on the book of the same name by G.B. Joyce, The Code is executive-produced by John Morayniss and Rachel Fulford for eOne along with Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan, Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin and Priestley.

Priestley has become a staple of Canadian TV both in front of and behind the camera in the last couple of years, appearing on Haven, Package Deal and Spun Out, and directing episodes of Saving Hope, Rookie Blue and Working the Engels. He’s also set to star alongside Molly Ringwald in Family Channel’s original series The Wonderful Wayneys.


Production begins on Global’s new original drama The Code starring Jason Priestley

From a media release:

– Set to premiere on Global in Spring 2016, the series is produced by Entertainment One in association with Shaw Media –

Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Shaw Media announced today that production has begun on The Code (working title) starring Golden Globe nominee and Canadian Screen Award winner Jason Priestley. Set to premiere on Global in spring 2016, this new 10-episode one-hour drama series is a rousing P.I. procedural with a wry wit that combines drama, humour, and romance. Priestley plays “Matt ‘Shadow’ Shade”, an ex-pro hockey player who uses his ability to read people and anticipate their moves in his new gig as a crime-solving P.I. along with his smart, beautiful, and feisty partner “Angie Everett” played by Cindy Sampson (Rogue, Rookie Blue).

Shot on location in and around Toronto, The Code takes a modern spin on the classic noir hero story, as Matt and Angie investigate a wide range of fascinating cases from fraud to adultery to conspiracy and murder, while offering a great relationship drama along the way.

Additional cast include Barry Flatman (Fargo, Defiance) as Shade’s father “Don” – the ultimate blue-collar hockey dad. Matt Shade wouldn’t be the ex-pro athlete that he is if Don hadn’t driven him to every game and pushed him to be focused and hard-working. Jordyn Negri (Warehouse 13Dino Dan) plays Shade’s visually impaired daughter “Jules” who is wise beyond her years but yearns to fit in – just like every 14-year-old.

The Code will also feature guest stars throughout the season, including hockey legend Doug Gilmour who makes a cameo in episode one.

The Code is executive produced by John Morayniss and Rachel Fulford for eOne along with Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan, Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin and Jason Priestley. Showrunners/writers are Shelley Eriksen (ContinuumFlashpoint) and Alan McCullough (Rookie BlueReign). Set to direct this season are Kelly Makin, Anne Wheeler, Shawn Piller, Charles Officer, Jason Priestley, Rob Lieberman and Jerry Ciccoritti.