Shawn Doyle stars in Canwest’s new original drama series ‘Endgame’

Shawn Doyle stars as Arkady Balagan in 'Endgame'

Thunderbird Films today announced start of production for Endgame, an original drama series centring on a brilliant chess master. Endgame is slated to premiere in Canada on Canwest Broadcasting’s specialty channel, Showcase in spring 2011, and will be distributed globally outside of North America by Endemol Group.

“Audiences are hungry for creative television and Endgame offers our audience a great mystery series from a distinctly new point of view,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “The series is an ideal addition to the Showcase line-up. It’s steeped in international intrigue with a great cast of dynamic characters.”

Starring Shawn Doyle (Big Love, Medium) and Torrance Coombs (The Tudors, JPod), Endgame revolves around Russian World Champion chess master Arkady Balagan (Doyle), who uses his extraordinary skills of perception and strategic thinking to solve crimes that have stumped others.

Endgame series regulars include Patrick Gallagher (Glee, True Blood), Kate Isabelle (The Good Wife, Sanctuary), Carmen Aguirre (Tin Man, Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Melanie Papalia (The Assistants, Intelligence).

“The breadth of talent among our Endgame cast is truly outstanding,” said Michael Shepard, President of Thunderbird Films. “They’re the perfect fit for the vision that Avrum Jacobson and David Frazee have for the show.”

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