Inspired by the novel “The Code” by GB Joyce, Global's new series Private Eyes debuted on the network on May 26th 2016. The 10-episode procedural drama was filmed and set in Toronto, and followed ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade, played by Jason Priestley, whose life underwent a major change when he decided to team up with private investigator Angie Everett, played by Cindy Sampson, to form their own P.I. agency. Other members of the cast included Barry Flatman as Shade’s father Don; Jordyn Negri as Shade’s 14-year-old visually impaired daughter Jules, Clé Bennett as Detective Derek Nolan; and Ennis Esmer as Detective Kurtis Mazhari
First season guest stars included PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu, four-time JUNO Award-winning rapper, record producer, and record executive Kardinal Offishall, hockey legend Doug Gilmour, and former WWE superstar, “Edge” Adam Copeland.
Private Eyes was produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment. Executive producers were John Morayniss, Rachel Fulford and Tecca Crosby for eOne and Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller Segan together with Shelley Eriksen, Alan McCullough, Tassie Cameron, Kelly Makin, and Jason Priestley. The series was created by Tim Kilby and Shelley Eriksen.
On August 23rd 2016 it was announced that Private Eyes had been renewed for a second season with an 18 episode order, and production started in the Fall of 2016 in Toronto. Early in 2017, Ion Television in the US picked up the exclusive rights to broadcast the series there. The second season began on Global in Canada on May 25 and ended on July 20, 2017, with the balance of the season series held for broadcast in the summer of 2018.
On September 21st 2017, Corus Entertainment announced that it had ordered a third season of Private Eyes for broadcast on the Global network.