From a Citytv media release:
â€œBlood Tiesâ€ Premieres August 20th on Citytv
- NEW SUPERNATURAL DRAMA SERIES BASED ON THE POPULAR SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS â€œTHE BLOOD BOOKS” BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR TANYA HUFF
Don’t miss the two-hour premiere of â€œBlood Tiesâ€, a new supernatural drama series starring Christina Cox (â€œThe Chronicles of Riddickâ€), Kyle Schmid (â€œBeautiful Peopleâ€), Dylan Neal (â€œJAGâ€, â€œDawson’s Creekâ€) and Gina Holden (â€œReunionâ€). 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 â€“ or what â€“ 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 â€œFX: The Seriesâ€, as well as her role opposite Vin Diesel as mercenary Eve Logan in â€œThe Chronicles of Riddickâ€. Cox also was the lead in the romantic comedy â€œBetter than Chocolateâ€. Cox’s television appearances include guest starring roles on â€œCSI: Miami,â€ â€œCold Case,â€ â€œNumb3rs,â€ and â€œThe Chris Isaak Showâ€. She will also star opposite Ving Rhames in the upcoming historical feature film drama â€œAscension Dayâ€.
Mississauga-native Kyle Schmid appeared in the film â€œSpillâ€ and went on to star in â€œThe Sandy Bottom Orchestraâ€ 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 â€œBeautiful Peopleâ€. Other television appearances include guest starring roles on â€œI Was a Six Grade Alienâ€, â€œStrange Days at Blake Holsey Highâ€, â€œThe Zack Filesâ€, â€œOdyssey 5â€ and â€œDegrassi: The Next Generationâ€. Other credits include the telefilms â€œAlley Cats Strike,â€ â€œCyber Seduction: His Secret Life,â€ Lifetime’s â€œSex & the Single Momâ€ and Disney Channel’s â€œThe Cheetah Girlsâ€. Schmid’s feature film work includes roles on â€œThe Covenantâ€, â€œThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsâ€, â€œA History of Violenceâ€ and â€œThe Pacifierâ€.
Toronto-born Dylan Neal is a well recognized face on television, having appeared in recurring roles on â€œJAGâ€, â€œHyperion Bayâ€, â€œThe Bold and the Beautifulâ€, â€œPacific Palisadesâ€ and â€œDawson’s Creekâ€. Neal was also on the series â€œSabrina, the Teenage Witchâ€, â€œRelic Hunterâ€ and â€œShe Spies.â€ Other television credits include â€œThe War at Homeâ€, â€œCSI: Miamiâ€, â€œKevin Hillâ€ and â€œThieves.â€ He has also appeared in the telefilms â€œVampire Batsâ€ and â€œLocustsâ€ and the feature film â€œ40 Days and 40 Nightsâ€ 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 â€œCode Name: The Cleanerâ€, â€œFantastic Fourâ€, â€œFinal Destination 3â€ and â€œThe Butterfly Effect 2â€. Holden’s television work includes a recurring role on the series â€œReunionâ€. She was also seen on â€œThe L Wordâ€, â€œPsychâ€, â€œSupernaturalâ€, “Da Vinci’s City Hall” and â€œThe Dead Zone.â€
The series is executive produced by Randy Zalken (â€œUnder the Mistletoeâ€), Kirk Shaw (â€œBattle in Seattleâ€), Marshall Kesten (â€œAir Masterâ€) and Peter Mohan (â€œMutant Xâ€) who also serves as the show runner and wrote the premiere episode. â€œBlood Tiesâ€ is produced by Mark Winemaker (â€œPath to 9/11â€) and Paul McConvey (â€œLook-A-Likeâ€). Allan Kroeker (â€œBonesâ€, â€œSupernaturalâ€) directed the premiere episode. The series is produced by Insight Film Studios Ltd. and Kaleidoscope Entertainment Inc.