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Private Eyes: William Shatner guest-stars

I enjoy what William Shatner brings to a television show. He adds a certain gravitas to a role that I’ve loved since Boston Legal. This week he adds his panache to Thursday’s new episode of Private Eyes as a rival to Angie and Shade’s business.

Here’s what Global’s official episode synopsis says about “The PI Code,” written by Derek Schreyer and directed by Sudz Sutherland.

Shade and Angie are hired by a stunning lawyer, Melanie Parker, to look into jury-tampering in the high-profile murder case she’s prosecuting. During their investigation, they stumble upon a rival PI, Norm Glinski (guest star William Shatner), working the opposite side of the bench. With the odds stacked against them, our PIs find evidence that may put the entire case, and their careers, in jeopardy. 

And here’s a few more tidbits we can add after watching a screener.

Private Eyes goes dark
Listen, we’re not talking about HBO’s True Detective here, but the case Angie and Shade are involved in is more violent than the tales we’ve seen before. The humour we’ve come to expect is still there though.

William Shatner isn’t the only guest star
Veteran actor Ron Lea plays an attorney,  ET Canada‘s Sangita Patel shows up as—you guessed it—a reporter and Bree Williamson portrays lawyer Melanie Parker, who makes an immediate impact on Shade if you know what I mean. And Murdoch Mysteries fans will recognize Daiva Johnston, a.ka. Eva Pearce, in a key role.

Speaking of catching one’s eye…
Don seems to have a lady friend. Good for him!

As for Mr. Shatner…
He’s a delight as Norm Glinski who, as he says, “puts the dick in private dick.” He’s a liar, a cheater and a thief. And, of course, Angie and Shade have to interact with him.

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

Images courtesy of Corus.

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Link: William Shatner on Canada’s 150th, adapting to role of the guest star

From Bill Brioux of The Canadian Press:

Link: William Shatner on Canada’s 150th, adapting to role of the guest star
William Shatner doesn’t get all the fuss about Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1.

“I was there at Confederation,” jokes Shatner, not quite Canada’s age at 86. “I said to John A.,” he continues, “you know, you should incorporate this country.” Continue reading.

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William Shatner probes brilliant and creative minds in documentary The Truth is in the Stars

From a media release:

William Shatner, Star Trek’s original captain, examines the impact of the iconic television series on science and space exploration in the new original feature documentary THE TRUTH IS IN THE STARS. Commissioned by Bell Media’s The Movie Network, the documentary debuts Sunday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET, featuring Shatner as he embarks on a journey to interview famous innovators, celebrities, and thought-leaders. Following its television premiere on The Movie Network, the documentary will be available on TMN GO and The Movie Network OnDemand.

THE TRUTH IS IN THE STARS features interviews in incredible locations, including: NASA mission control rooms, Ivy League Campuses, the USS Space Shuttle Enterprise, and Shatner’s own horse ranch. Insights from Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Macfarlane, and Michio Kaku prepare Shatner for his intimate conversation with Professor Stephen Hawking in Cambridge, England.

In association with Bell Media, THE TRUTH IS IN THE STARS is produced by Ballinran Entertainment and White Pine Pictures. Peter Raymont, William Shatner, and Craig Thompson are Executive Producers. The documentary is written, directed, and produced by Craig Thompson.

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Haven limps across the finish line

After five seasons, Haven finally came to an end. I’ve made no bones about either my love and support of this series in its first two seasons, or my derision for it over the last three, when story arcs went from head-scratching to downright ludicrous.

A science-fiction/fantasy series is always hard to keep on track, and the introduction of the barn went from being what I hoped was a minor wobble into a full-on shimmy with the addition of The Guard and a complete coming off the rails when the legend of Croatoan—itself an interesting real-life mystery—was turned into a being in human form in the shape of William Shatner. Listen, I love Shatner, but introducing him as Audrey’s father and an all-powerful being in control of the aether caused me to flap my hand at Haven in disgust more than once.

So while much of Sunday’s finale, “Forever,” cleaned up the messy tale that was Croatoan, it also offered a sweet goodbye to the key characters I’ve always liked. That meant giving Audrey, Nathan and Duke some major screen time. The seemingly endless back and forth between Audrey and Croatoan over whether she would join him and rule together forever was finally decided; she did team with him but not to cause pain, but rather to absorb all Troubles and then lock them and the pair (along with Vince) away forever in another barn. I must admit I expected Duke to return from the dead—via a Trouble—but that never happened. And perhaps that was for the best, story-wise. Always just outside of Audrey and Nathan’s relationship, having Duke sacrifice himself last week was a heroes’ way to go out and keep him looking good in everyone’s memory.

Most touching scene of the night goes to Lucas Bryant, who narrated Nathan’s final thoughts about Audrey in an articulate and loving way that was more expressive than any of the dialogue the writers gave him to utter on-screen. Juxtaposing Nathan’s speech over Audrey’s glowing exit and the dissipation of the Troubles (I giggled like crazy when Jason Priestley reprised his role of Chris Brody) was effective and I admit to welling up a couple of times. It was the perfect ending to their relationship—Audrey sacrificing herself for the Haven’s citizens (something I suspected would occur anyway)—and a natural jumping-off point for what happened next.

Audrey may be gone, but Croatoan and Vince wiping her memory and sending her back to Haven as Paige gave Nathan the happy ending (and sorta son in James) he deserved.

What did you think of Haven‘s series finale?

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When Murdoch met Mark Twain: Five facts for tonight’s case

William Shatner’s guest appearance on Murdoch Mysteries has been discussed almost as much as whether or not Crabtree would be freed from prison. Shatner portrays American novelist, essay writer and speaking Mark Twain in Monday’s new instalment, “Marked Twain,” and doesn’t disappoint. Here are some key facts about tonight’s case before it begins.

Margaret is back!
Fans of Arwen Humphreys rejoice, because Margaret is back and better than ever. Thomas is being considered for a membership at the exclusive Empire Club and Margaret is doing her best to make sure he gets in. The Empire Club is a real thing; established in 1903 (the year this season of MM takes place) and was created to keep ties with Britain strong. And while Mark Twain never really spoke there, several other notable folks did, including Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, A.Y. Jackson, Roberta Bondar, Indira Gandhi and Prince Philip.

Not everyone loves Mark Twain
He may have written beloved books in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but not everyone liked Twain at the time. He was against the way countries like Britain had settled territory around the world through colonization and military force. Hence, Mr. Twain becomes a target.

A certain someone is Twain’s biggest fan

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The Curse of the Pharaohs makes an appearance
In a very cool way.

Higgins goes undercover
The Constable First Class dons a top and tails, slicks his hair back, adopts a British accent and ingratiates himself with the Empire Club’s members to suss out the wannabe assassin.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

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