Everything about Private Eyes, eh?

New episodes of Global’s hit original series Private Eyes return Sunday, May 27

From a media release:

Canada’s favourite detective duo – Matt Shade(Jason Priestley) and Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) – are back on the job with new cases and new faces as Private Eyes returns with all-new episodes on Global, beginning Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. From Entertainment One (eOne), Season 2 picks up with Shade (Priestley) and Angie (Sampson) settling into personal relationships with their respective partners Mel (Bree Williamson) and Dr. Ken (Mark Ghanimé), while focusing on expanding their ever-evolving partnership and taking on bigger and better cases. From morning shows and microbreweries, to medieval knights and a missing octopus, no case is too outrageous for the dynamic pair. But will their undeniable attraction to each other get in the way of their ability to solve crimes?

The first new episode takes place in the fast-paced world of female professional boxing as Shade and Angie try to avoid being sucker-punched. Shade is hired by a boxer to prove a fight was fixed, but is blind-sided when he meets the boxer’s manager: none other than his ex-manager who made off with all of Shade’s pro-hockey money! Meanwhile, Angie brings in her mother, Nora (Mimi Kuzyk), as a gambling expert (and reformed gambling addict) to help crack the case before their client gets the knockout of her life. The episode guest stars include Canadian sports legend George Chuvalo as himself, plus on-screen cameos by “Fearless” Fred Kennedy of 102.1 The Edge and Q107 morning show host Ryan Parker.

Additional guest stars this season include ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey, Peter MacNeill (Call Me Fitz), Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Laura Vandervoort (Bitten), and Lucas Bryant (Haven).

Along with the Season 2 return of the series, production for Private Eyes Season 3 is now underway in Toronto. With a 12-episode order, the new season is set to return to Global in 2019, and will feature Shade and Everett as they become more intertwined into the antic adventures, taking on Toronto’s most difficult and unusual cases. Familiar faces including Jules (Jordyn Negri), Don (Barry Flatman), Zoe (Samantha Wan), Detective Mazhari (Ennis Esmer), Detective Nolan (Cle Bennett), and Becca (Nicole DeBoer) all return to Season 3, along with new characters Inspector Carson (Linda Kash) and Officer Danica Powers (cast to be announced). Season 3 also welcomes an impressive roster of guest stars, including multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden, who will make a special cameo appearance in the first episode.

Leading up to and throughout the remainder of Season 2, GlobalTV.com delivers viewers exclusive Private Eyes content, including behind-the-scenes videos featuring the series stars, executive producers, and creative team. Also, in anticipation of Private Eyes‘ summer return, GlobalTV.com offers viewers the chance to catch up on the entire series as Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 beginning May 13. Plus starting May 28, new episodes from Season 2 will also be available following the broadcast premiere on GlobalTV.com Global GO (available on Apple TV), and on demand.

Private Eyes is produced by 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 IPF’s Cogeco TV Production Program. The series is executive produced by Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosbyfor eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, Alan McCullough, James Thorpe and Tassie Cameron. McCullough and Piller are also showrunners.




Global Greenlights Original Series Private Eyes for a Third Season

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment continues its commitment to Canadian content and the local production community as it greenlights a third season of Global’s hit original series Private Eyes. From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), the fan-favourite investigative drama receives a 12-episode order, with production set to begin in Toronto in spring 2018. Private Eyes also joins previously announced greenlit original drama Mary Kills People, currently in production on Season 2 in Toronto.

Set in Toronto, the series has sold to more than 110 territories globally including the US, UK, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, and Brazil. Development on Season 3 of the internationally successful original series is underway, with a diverse team of writers crafting a new batch of cases for Canada’s favourite detective duo Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) and Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to crack.

Private Eyes is produced by 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. The series is executive produced by Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, Alan McCullough, James Thorpe, Alex Zarowny and Tassie Cameron. McCullough and Piller are also showrunners. eOne controls international rights for the series.




Comments and queries for the week of July 21

Not happy that Private Eyes is wrapping up already. I feel like we’ve just started watching it and it’s done! Sucks that we have to wait a year to see it again, what gives? —Joyce

Global cut the season in half for some stupid reason, so now the 18 episodes are being split and the last nine episodes of Season 2 are gonna be on next summer. Believe me, I hate it too. I don’t understand why they would renew it, only to end up showing half this year and half next year. —Samantha

I’m disappointed that [You Gotta Eat Here!] has been cancelled. My family has used this show as a food guide, we are a hockey family and when we are on the road in different towns and cities we’ve tried many of these great restaurants thanks to the shows recommendations. It will be sadly missed. —Danny

I strongly disagree with the cancellation of the show. My family and I have found great restaurants all because of it. America had Man vs. Food. America had DDD. And now Canada has nothing? Food Network … dumbest move by far. And as for the host? He as Canadian as it gets. Funny, quirky, whether he knows about food or now, who cares!! He’s a great host, with a great personality on screen. There are restaurants who need exposure and this move damages Canadians. —Deje


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Private Eyes: Shade joins the army in Season 2 summer finale

First, the bad news. Season 2 of Private Eyes has been split into two parts. The first nine episodes conclude their run this Thursday on Global. The second half of the season doesn’t air until next summer on Global. So, what’s the good news? We still get this week’s episode to watch before the long stretch of nothingness ensues.

I’m thrilled with the way Season 2 has rolled out. Angie and Shade have found love (though Angie ran when she saw Ken’s ring last week), Don has found something to do and Zoe (Samantha Wan) has been a hilariously welcome addition to this cast of characters. Throw in tight writing, and Private Eyes has excelled. I can’t wait to see more.

Now, on to “The Good Soldier,” written by Alan McCullough and directed by Lee Rose. Here’s what Global’s official synopsis says:

Shade and Angie are called to fall in line and salute as they investigate an Army Cadet who has been reported missing. But the case goes AWOL as they discover a dark secret shared among the missing soldier and his two friends. Meanwhile, when Angie discovers Ken is still holding onto the engagement ring from years ago, past emotions of doubt and anxiety rush back, tempting her to cut and run all over again.

And here are some spoiler-free notes we can add.

Becca factors into the main story
We haven’t spent a lot of time with Becca (Nicole de Boer) this season, other than the odd appearance, but she gets major screen time on Thursday. We’re shown what she’s like in the studio and out in the field when Shade helps her record a segment for “Breakfast with Becca.” The segment is a way to get Angie and Shade onto a military base to investigate the young soldier’s disappearance. By the way, the base is actually the Lakeshore campus of Humber College. You know, if you want to drive by.

Jules drops a bomb
We’ve seen Shade deal with Jules growing into a young woman and all that entails (ahem, Liam). Now Jules has got a request for her dad, and Shade isn’t happy about it. Will he say yes? Speaking of Jules, Shade still hasn’t introduced she and Mel. Why hasn’t he? Cold feet with regard to the relationship?

Mayday! Stephen Bogaert appears
He’s known mainly for his narration on Discovery’s Mayday!, but Stephen Bogaert shows up this week in front of the camera. Go back and listen to Anthony Marco interview Bogaert in our 200th podcast (at the 41-minute mark).

Private Eyes returns with new episodes in summer 2018 on Global.

Images courtesy of Corus.


Things get ghoulish on Private Eyes

Last week on Private Eyes, Angie’s past returned when her ex-fiancé, Dr. Ken (Mark Ghanimé) had his clinic broken into and drugs were stolen. By the end of the instalment, the pair shared a sultry kiss in the darkened offices of Everett Investigations. Would the storyline continue this week with more liplocks?

Here’s what Global says about Thursday’s episode, “Six Feet Blunder,” written by Katrina Saville and directed by Jill Carter. And note that next week’s episode is Private Eyes‘ Season 2A finale—the final nine stories will be broadcast in 2018.

When a panicked mortician hires Shade and Angie to track down a missing body, they find themselves crashing funeral services around the city, eventually unearthing a family plot to bury millions of dollars of a controversial inheritance. Meanwhile, Jules’ impending birthday gives Shade a chance to show off his party-planning skills, but he still has one problem…figuring out the right time to invite significant others to family affairs.

And, as always, here are more details after we watched a screener.

Dr. Ken is back
Yup, this week’s story picks up closely following the events of last week’s. You can put two and two together, right? We don’t need to spell it out, do we?

So is Melanie
I actually thought the romance between Shade and Mel would last just a couple of episodes. And I’ve been totally wrong assuming the addition of extra characters would draw attention away from Shade and Angie. Instead, Ken and Mel have added a layer to our favourite detectives that have made them more enjoyable and fully formed. It’s also added a layer of complexity, as Shade is still wondering whether he should be introducing Mel to Jules.

The case has an effect on Zoe
Helping Shade and Angie causes Zoe to reflect on her life and the impact—or lack thereof—she may have on the world. Also: Kim’s Convenience fans should keep an eye out for Sugith Varughese (Mr. Mehta) in a guest-starring role.

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

Images courtesy of Corus.