Canada’s 19-2 returns to production

Production begins on 19-2
Production begins on 19-2

Break out the fisticuffs and put your cottage’s dinning room back together because Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes are back at it for the second season of Canadian series 19-2, which began production in Montreal on Tuesday. As previously announced, the actors return as Ben Chartier and Nick Barron for 10 new episodes, which are based on the second season of the French-Canadian series of the same name.

Also returning for the second haul are Maxim Roy as Nick’s meddling ex-wife Isabelle, Laurence Lebeouf as the scrappy female officer/wannabe Nick gal-pal Audrey, Dan Petronijevic as the wife-beating J.M., Benz Antoine as drunken cop Tyler, Mylène Dinh-Robic as the officer-with-the-dragon-tattoo Béatrice, Conrad Pla as Sgt. Julien Houle and finally, Bruce Ramsay as the game-playing district commander Marcel Gendron. 

The second season is expected to be just as dark and brooding as the first thanks to the return of showrunner Bruce Smith and directors Louis Choquette and Erik Canuel. Adding to the mood is the director of the original series, Podz, who is on board to direct the first episode back.

Joining the series this year are two new cast members, Richard Chevolleau (Earth: Final Conflict) as Nick’s shady but charming cousin Kaz, and Lisa Berry (Combat Hospital) as his girlfriend Rita.

Along with the new, there were three cast members notably missing from the press release issued by Bravo Canada on Tuesday. Sarah Allen, who played Ben’s love interest Catherine in the first season, Tattiawna Jones who played Nick’s sister Amelie, and Victor Cornfoot who portrayed Jean-Pierre Harvey, the man prominently featured in Nick’s tortured dream sequences, weren’t mentioned.

It’s unlikely that the writers would forge ahead without giving viewers some sort of resolve to the whole Ben/Catherine/Amelie love triangle when the new season returns though, or that Nick will be miraculously cured of his guilt now that his former partner is dead. We’re betting guest-starring roles, if not recurring ones are in store (at time of press Bravo could not confirm). Allen’s previous commitments to the recently renewed Canadian series Remedy on Global would limit her participation anyways, and Jones’s gig on the upcoming CBC period drama Strange Empire is undoubtedly keeping her plenty busy.

Given the tense closing scenes in the first season finale, the main focus going forward is likely to remain between the two partners and the search to uncover the division’s mole, whom Ben was tasked with tracking down at the end of Season 1. Actor Anthony Lemke, who was integral to that scene as Dan Malloy, told The TV Junkies recently that he’s optimistic to return to the show in Season 2, but when we spoke to him for his current role on The Listener nothing had been confirmed.

19-2 debuted in January 2014 and attracted an average of 200,000 viewers per episode. A second run on CTV a month later helped bolster viewership, bringing roughly three million unique viewers to the show to date.

The second season of 19-2 is scheduled to return to Bravo sometime in early 2015. Are you counting down the days? Let us know below, because believe me–we share your excitement!