Tuesday, 7 June 2016


Private Eyes confirmed last week that the Canadian light-hearted detective series is very enjoyable and entertaining. 
Matt Shade and private investigator Angie Everett must prove the innocence of Robyn, an old friend of Matt, who's the main suspect for the murder of bad boy chef Zack Beach. Beach was Robyn's associate but he wanted to dissolve their partnership. They had a fight the day before and her fingerprints are all over the crime scene. The task of Everett and Shade is complicated by the cop on the case, Detective Derek Nolan, who particularly dislikes Angie.

Written by Alan McCullough and directed by Kelly Makin, Mise En Place fulfills the promises of both its trailer and the pleasant premiere. This second episode is fun, pacey and charming. Everett goes undercover as a waitress but should stick to her day job. Shade has a stakeout 101 (animal crackers included). Eager to show Angie that he would be the perfect partner for her agency, Matt displays his expertise about the restaurants of Toronto but he falls on her rented car to escape Detective Nolan. His daughter Jules wants a tattoo. 

Private Eyes is reminiscent of classic US detective shows such as Remington Steele or Moonlighting (minus the fantasy and the fourth wall break). It's also definitely the worthy successor to Republic of Doyle (2010-2014). The duo between Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, as ex-hockey pro/would-be investigator Matt Shade and tenacious PI Angie Everett, is perfect. We learn more about Matt's father Don (the talented veteran Canadian actor Barry Flatman) and Jules, Shade's legally blind daughter played by Jordyn Negri. With Clé Bennett as Detective Derek Nolan and Ennis Esmer (Detective Curtis Mazrahi).

Alex Paxton-Beesly and Jean Yoon guest star. Produced by Entertainment One Television with Piller/Segan. Distributed by Entertainment One. Music by Shawn Pierce. The theme song is a cover of Daryl Hall and John Oates's song Private Eyes by rock band Dear Rouge. Private Eyes (10 X 60-minute) is loosely based on The Code, a 2012 novel of the Brad Shade mystery series written by sports journalist and author Gare Joyce

See also:

http://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2016/05/private-eyes-global.html (Review of Episode 1)

[Update - May 18, 2017]  

Private Eyes premiered yesterday in France on TF1, with three episodes aired... on late night (sigh).

1 comment:

Rob Buckley said...

I have to admit to being, arm, less positive about it…