A familiar Canadian face will be returning to TV, with eOne and Shaw Media jointly announcing that production has begun on a new Global drama starring Jason Priestley.
Tentatively titled The Code, the P.I. procedural blends drama, comedy and romance, and finds the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star playing Matt ‘Shadow’ Shade, a former pro hockey player with an uncanny ability to read people and anticipate their next moves.
The same abilities that made him a formidable player on the ice are now put to use solving crimes, with Matt working as a P.I. alongside smart, sexy and feisty partner Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson, who’s appeared in such series as Rogue and Rookie Blue).
“Shot on location in and around Toronto, The Code takes a modern spin on the classic noir hero story, as Matt and Angie investigate a wide range of fascinating cases from fraud to adultery to conspiracy and murder, while offering a great relationship drama along the way,”; says the announcement.
“We are excited to partner once again with an unprecedented team of top writers, producers, and actors on another Original Canadian series,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media in a statement. “We’re so proud to have Jason Priestley as our star, and look forward to seeing his twist on the classic PI story as he brings to life the world of Matt Shade.”;
Added John Morayniss, CEO eOne Television: “We’re thrilled to be commencing production on this dynamic and compelling new series. We’ve built strong relationships with Piller/Segan and Shaw Media on previous projects and delighted to be working with them again as well as reuniting with the incredibly talented Jason Priestley.”;
Also starring in the 10-episode series are Barry Flatman (Fargo, Defiance) as Shade’s father Don (described as “the ultimate blue-collar hockey dad,”; adding that “Matt Shade wouldn’t be the ex-pro athlete that he is if Don hadn’t driven him to every game and pushed him to be focused and hard-working”;), while Jordyn Negri (Warehouse 13, Dino Dan) plays Shade’s visually impaired daughter Jules, “who is wise beyond her years but yearns to fit in – just like every 14-year-old.”;
The Code is slated to premiere in spring 2016 on Global.