THE Manitoba film industry, hurting since the finish of the TV series Less Than Kind, will get some relief beginning in August with the start of a new TV series to be shot here.
The Pinkertons, a 22-episode syndicated series about the legendary 19th-century sleuth and his detective agency, will commence shooting here Aug. 18, according to industry sources.
Scottish-born actor Angus Macfadyen, an actor best known for playing Robert the Bruce in Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning epic Braveheart, is set to star as the company's founder, Allan Pinkerton, although he will reportedly not be in every episode. The series will share focus on Pinkerton's son William and Kate Warne, credited as the first female detective in the United States.
Casting for those roles has yet to be announced.
The series will encompass Pinkerton's ground-breaking crime-busting techniques, including the mug shot, the stakeout and the undercover agent and will be reportedly be set in Omaha, Neb.
The series was created by Kevin Abrams, via his company Alpine Labs, and Adam Moore, who co-wrote the pilot. It will be executive produced by Phyllis Laing, president of local production company Buffalo Gal Pictures and Suzanne Berger, president of Rosetta Media.
Abrams and Moore also serve as executive producers and writers, alongside Canadian showrunners and executive producers Larry Lalonde and Phil Bedard (Murdoch Mysteries).
Working in Winnipeg won't be too unusual for Macfadyen, who lensed the 2001 TV movie A Woman's a Helluva Thing here alongside Penelope Ann Miller and Ann-Margret.
After Braveheart, Macfadyen often played bygone celebrities in films and TV movies including Orson Welles (Cradle Will Rock), Peter Lawford (The Rat Pack) and Richard Burton (Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story).
Macfadyen will not have to alter his natural Scottish accent for the role. Pinkerton, like Macfadyen, was born in Glasgow.