Universal Channel Acquires UK Rights To Canadian Drama ‘Private Eyes’ Starring Jason Priestley

Universal Channel (New Logo)Universal Channel has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Canadian drama series Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) after striking a deal with international distributor Entertainment One (eOne), TVWise has learned.

Private Eyes is set in Toronto and 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, took over her father’s agency after his death, to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse. Cindy Sampson (Supernatural) stars opposite Priestley as Angie Everett.

The ten episode drama was commissioned by Global, the same Canadian broadcaster that was behind fellow Universal Channel import Rookie BluePrivate Eyes was created by Tim Kilby & Shelley Eriksen and is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment. The executive producers are John Morayniss, Rachel Fulford, Tecca Crosby, Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan, Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin and Jason Priestley.

Private EyesPrivate Eyes is set to premiere on Universal Channel on Monday September 19th at 8pm and is assuming the Monday night 8pm time-slot from USA Network con-man drama White Collar, which wraps its sixth and final season on Universal on Monday August 12th. It will be paired with top performing import Major Crimes, which returns for its fifth season one week earlier in the 9pm time-slot; creating something of a “power-house” Monday night block.

For its part, the deal for Private Eyes marks the first such licensing agreement that NBCU execs have inked with any international distributor since the recent LA Screenings, where eOne was also shopping Hayley Atwell legal drama Conviction and the Kiefer Sutherland fronted presidential succession series Designated Survivor. In the coming months, Universal Channel is expected to acquire at least one major U.S. series from the upcoming 2016-2017 broadcast season.