From a Citytv media release:
“Blood Ties” Premieres August 20th on Citytv
- NEW SUPERNATURAL DRAMA SERIES BASED ON THE POPULAR SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS “THE BLOOD BOOKS” BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR TANYA HUFF
Don’t miss the two-hour premiere of “Blood Ties”, a new supernatural drama series starring Christina Cox (“The Chronicles of Riddick”), Kyle Schmid (“Beautiful People”), Dylan Neal (“JAG”, “Dawson’s Creek”) and Gina Holden (“Reunion”). Based on Tanya Huff’s best selling novels The Blood Books, the highly anticipated series premieres on Citytv beginning Monday, August 20th at 8:00pm.
The broadcast schedule is as follows:
Citytv Toronto, Winnipeg August 20th at 8:00pm ET/CT
Citytv Calgary, Edmonton August 23th at 8:00pm MT
Citytv Vancouver August 26th at 8:00pm PT
Fearless ex-cop turned private investigator Vicki Nelson (Cox), finds herself suddenly immersed in a new world after she witnesses a bizarre murder, thought to be part of a serial killing spree. When the police fail to come up with any suspects, the girlfriend of the murdered man, Coreen (Holden), takes matters into her own hands and seeks Vicki’s help, believing there are supernatural forces involved in the murder. Vicki takes the case, but soon realizes uncovering who – or what – the killers are, may be more than she bargained for. Vicki finds herself on a collision course with a mysterious stranger, Henry Fitzroy (Schmid), who is also investigating the murder. Only Henry just happens to be a seductive 450-year-old vampire and the bastard son of Henry VIII.
Despite her skepticism, dry sarcasm and retinitis pigmentosa, a condition which is slowly stealing her vision, Vicki teams up with Henry in search of the killer. As the unlikely partnership turns personal, it begins to complicate not only the investigation, but also any chance of a future between Vicki and her ex-partner and paramour, Mike Celluci (Neal), who is also tackling the same case.
As sparks fly, tempers flare and the killer continues to strike, Vicki and Henry soon discover the source of the murders involves a powerful demon. In her attempts to stop the demon from permanently entering into their world, Vicki is caught in a struggle that leaves her with strange markings on her wrists and an ongoing alliance with Henry that complicates just about everything in her life. With each new investigation, Vicki discovers more about what the strange markings mean and her growing connection to Henry and the supernatural realm.
Toronto-born Christina Cox is best known for her Gemini-Award nominated performance as Angie Ramirez on “FX: The Series”, as well as her role opposite Vin Diesel as mercenary Eve Logan in “The Chronicles of Riddick”. Cox also was the lead in the romantic comedy “Better than Chocolate”. Cox’s television appearances include guest starring roles on “CSI: Miami,” “Cold Case,” “Numb3rs,” and “The Chris Isaak Show”. She will also star opposite Ving Rhames in the upcoming historical feature film drama “Ascension Day”.
Mississauga-native Kyle Schmid appeared in the film “Spill” and went on to star in “The Sandy Bottom Orchestra” which earned him a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was most recently seen as a recurring character on the ABC family drama series “Beautiful People”. Other television appearances include guest starring roles on “I Was a Six Grade Alien”, “Strange Days at Blake Holsey High”, “The Zack Files”, “Odyssey 5” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. Other credits include the telefilms “Alley Cats Strike,” “Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life,” Lifetime’s “Sex & the Single Mom” and Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls”. Schmid’s feature film work includes roles on “The Covenant”, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, “A History of Violence” and “The Pacifier”.
Toronto-born Dylan Neal is a well recognized face on television, having appeared in recurring roles on “JAG”, “Hyperion Bay”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Pacific Palisades” and “Dawson’s Creek”. Neal was also on the series “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, “Relic Hunter” and “She Spies.” Other television credits include “The War at Home”, “CSI: Miami”, “Kevin Hill” and “Thieves.” He has also appeared in the telefilms “Vampire Bats” and “Locusts” and the feature film “40 Days and 40 Nights” with Josh Hartnett.
A British Columbia native, Gina Holden began her career as a model, finding success in Japan where she became the face of Shiseido cosmetics and appeared on over twenty magazine covers. Holden later discovered her love of acting in college and has since appeared in a variety of roles on both film and television. Her film credits include “Code Name: The Cleaner”, “Fantastic Four”, “Final Destination 3” and “The Butterfly Effect 2”. Holden’s television work includes a recurring role on the series “Reunion”. She was also seen on “The L Word”, “Psych”, “Supernatural”, “Da Vinci’s City Hall” and “The Dead Zone.”
The series is executive produced by Randy Zalken (“Under the Mistletoe”), Kirk Shaw (“Battle in Seattle”), Marshall Kesten (“Air Master”) and Peter Mohan (“Mutant X”) who also serves as the show runner and wrote the premiere episode. “Blood Ties” is produced by Mark Winemaker (“Path to 9/11”) and Paul McConvey (“Look-A-Like”). Allan Kroeker (“Bones”, “Supernatural”) directed the premiere episode. The series is produced by Insight Film Studios Ltd. and Kaleidoscope Entertainment Inc.