Summer is almost here and with it comes the return of Private Eyes, one of the biggest hits of last year. Season 2 of the Global drama, starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, returns with the first of nine episodes on Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Matt Shade (Priestley) is now full partner to Angie Everett (Sampson) at Everett Investigations, and the premiere, “The Extra Mile,” will see the duo hired by the owner of a car racing team. Priestley directed the episode and it features a guest star appearance by IndyCar series driver James “Hinch” Hinchcliffe.
Along with Priestley and Sampson, some new characters get added to the mix in Season 2, including Zoe Chow (Second Jen’s Samantha Wan), a client-turned-new-hire, as well as Sharon Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Bree Williamson (One Life To Live) and Mark Ghanimé (Reign). In order to get fully prepared on what’s to come, The TV Junkies recently spoke with Priestley and Sampson. Read on below as they preview Season 2 of Private Eyes.
The TV Junkies: With Matt now a full time partner to Angie at Everett Investigations how is their partnership looking in Season 2?
Cindy Sampson: I think they’ve really settled into their relationship a little bit. In Season 2 they really start off as partners and the goal for them at the end of the day is to keep the agency going, functioning and great. They have a common goal so that cuts down on the roller coaster a little, but not in terms of their relationship of where it’s going and things like that.
TTVJ: Shade and Angie hire a new assistant this season. How will Zoe Chow affect their dynamic?
Jason Priestley: She’s played by the wondrously talented Samantha Wan and her addition really brings a new element to the agency. Samantha is a wonderfully talented comedic actress that brings a light, comedic touch to everything she does in the office, which gives us someone else to play off of. It also frees the two of us up to stay out in the field more, as opposed to always having to come back to the office to do leg work there. We can pass a lot of that leg work off to her.
TTVJ: One of my favorite parts of the first season was Matt’s relationship with his daughter Jules. Will they still be close in Season 2 and how does having his ex-wife Becca back in the mix affect things?
JP: Matt and Jules still have a wonderfully close relationship, but they have to fight for it. What we set up with this show is that Matt is caught in the middle of a triangle of very strong women in his life: Jules his daughter, Angie his partner and Becca, his ex-wife. Part of the fun of the show is seeing how he gets pulled in three different directions by these three very strong women. That’s one of the things that we enjoy about the show, something I enjoy playing as an actor and hopefully, something people enjoy watching on the show.
TTVJ: There’s a lot of fans are hopeful that the relationship between Shade and Angie develops beyond a professional one. Is there any hope for those fans wanting romance for Shade and Angie?
CS: Season 5! [laughs]
TTVJ: One of the biggest guest stars of the season is William Shatner and Cindy, Angie seems like she’s going to go toe to toe with his character Norm Glinkski. What was it like working with him?
CS: I really did get to go toe to toe with him. It was an impressive day. There was a lot of dialogue and we got to verbally spar so it was great. It was a real honor working with William Shatner, but also in what capacity because I really got to put him in his place a bit and I got put in my place a lot. It was great fun and I’m excited to see that episode because I haven’t seen it yet.
TTVJ: Jason, I know you were into race car driving when you were younger and you’re directing the premiere episode that features a case at the speedway. Did you request specifically to direct it for that reason?
JP: You know I did not. It just came up that the first episode this season was going to be that episode and I was already slated to direct it. It all just worked out the way that it should.
TTVJ: Are there any particular episodes this season that we should keep an eye out for or that were your favorite?
CS: I really loved the Toronto fashion episode because I got to walk in Toronto Women’s Fashion week and it was amazing! Also for some reason we filmed in a whole bunch of funeral homes. We filmed a stolen dead body caper and I don’t know, I just feel like that one is going to be so funny. I’m so anxious to see that one.
JP: Yea, for some reason the dead body one was a lot of fun! [laughs]
Are you excited for the return of Private Eyes? Got any predictions? Sound off in the comments!
Private Eyes airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Global.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.