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Jason Priestley has fun solving crimes in Global’s Private Eyes

Republic of Doyle fans rejoice! You’re got a new wise-cracking, sports car driving primetime private investigator to cheer for with Private Eyes, debuting Thursday on Global. Loosely based on the book The Code by Gare Joyce, Jason Priestley is Matt Shade, an ex-professional hockey player who swaps the rink for investigating high-stakes crimes when he teams with P.I. Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson).

“We’ve only sent one person to the hospital during filming,” Sampson says with a laugh during a break in filming. She is, of course referring to Priestley’s tumble off a horse that briefly shut down production last November. The fact he can laugh about the incident shows how comfortable he is with his co-star, something that comes across in the first episode. Private Eyes‘ theme sets the tone for the series; Vancouver’s Dear Rouge have updated the classic Hall & Oates tune for the opening credits, providing a funky, fun feel.


Tuesday’s debut episode of 10 introduces viewers to the main players, when Matt is stunned the minor hockey player he’s been scouting collapses on the ice. Suspicious a fellow player may have had a hand in the incident, Matt joins Angie and they delve into a handful of suspects. Both are headstrong and used to getting their own way, which results in a lot of sniping back and forth. There are, of course, the first hints at some sexual chemistry between the pair, adding another layer to their relationship. Rounding out the cast—and sanding Matt’s rough edges—are Matt’s legally blind daughter, Jules (Jordyn Negri) and father Don (Barry Flatman). Clé Bennett and Ennis Esmer play Det. Derek Nolan and Det. Kurtis Mazhari, who both have dim views of Matt.

“Matt’s plate is pretty full,” Priestley says. “He’s taken over primary custody of Jules, so he’s a guy who is struggling to figure out how his new situation is going to work out in his life. But he’s also trying to figure out this new situation in his life. He’s a guy who’s stuck between these two strong women and trying to figure out a balance.”

Will  there be romance between Angie and Shade? That’s not in the cards … yet.

“We’re not exploring that option at this point,” Sampson says. “There are so many other women and so many other men and the cases to be solved too.”

Private Eyes airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global.


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.