Endgame

The season finale of Endgame episode 13, “Deadman Talking,”  will now air on Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Finale Synopsis:

A hotel security guard dies under mysterious circumstances. Was it an accident or was it murder? When Balagan (Shawn Doyle) tries to figure out who would want to kill the guard, he discovers there is much more to the seemingly simple hotel employee than anyone could have imagined.

Meanwhile, Pippa (Melanie Papalia) is convinced she knows who killed her sister, Rosemary – it was a powerful lawyer named Sebastian Wilks (Paul McGillion). Wilks decides to put an end to her investigations – by introducing Balagan to his worst nightmare.

Showcase launched the latest Canadian drama last night in the form of Endgame, a new crime fighting show where the star doesn’t leave his home.  

Ok, so I should clarify that the star, Arkady Balagan (Shawn Doyle – Big Love), isn’t actually at home, per se, but is rather holed up in a ritzy hotel – the Huxley.  Why? Well the brilliant chess master has been somewhat traumatised by his fiance’s murder and now he seems afraid to go outside.

Now, he’s running out of money and facing eviction from the hotel staff.  Thankfully for him, someone believes his mastery of chess would be of enormous use in helping find a kidnapped child.  Using his fierce analytical skills along with a band of friends and hotel employees who can do his bidding beyond the hotel lobby, the wonderfully charismatic Russian pieces together the mystery to solve the crime.

There are a few faces you’ll recall.  Patrick Gallagher plays Hugo Lum, one of the hotel staff.  You’ll remember him as the original coach from Glee. Torrance Coombs will also be familiar to viewers of The Tudors.

There are plenty of detective shows around but this one has a new twist with the case solver never actually setting foot in a crime scene. Here’s to it doing well!

If you missed the show, you can catch repeats on Showcase on Thursdays at 11am and 7pm and then Sundays at 5pm and 11pm ET/PT.

Endgame: Mondays at 10pm ET/PT

A chess grandmaster becomes a master detective in Showcase’s new original drama Endgame. Premiering Monday, March 14th at 10pm ET/PT, Endgame stars Shawn Doyle (Big Love, Lost), as the former World Chess Champion Arkady Balagan.

After witnessing the murder of his fiancée, Balagan develops a debilitating case of agoraphobia. Unable to leave his hotel and running out of money, the arrogant and charismatic Russian inadvertently becomes a detective – using his fierce analytical skills to solve the crimes that baffle others.

Balagan relies on friends and hotel employees to do his legwork; from conducting interviews and trailing suspects to bringing back clues.  Balagan then uses his strategic thinking to stage imaginative, and often amusing, reenactments in his own mind-until he finds the solution. 

“Endgame is a truly exceptional addition to the Showcase schedule. The series is loaded with clever writing, breathtaking cinematography and has an enviable cast, anchored by a dynamite performance by Shawn Doyle,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.

“In season one, Balagan makes a family for himself in the hotel, people dedicated to helping him solve crimes,” said Avrum Jacobson, Creator and Executive Producer.  “Our cast and crew have pulled together to work in a similar way. They love this show – they believe in it. It’s unique, fun, smart and thoroughly entertaining. ”

The all-star Endgame cast includes Patrick Gallagher (Glee, True Blood), as defiant hotel security manager, Hugo, who seeks to trip Balagan up at every opportunity.  Acting as Balagan’s “pawns”, his friends who venture into the outside world on his behalf, are: adoring fan and chess fanatic Sam (Torrance Coombs; The Tudors, jPod), beautiful hotel bartender Danni (Katharine Isabelle; Supernatural, The L Word), the sister of Balagan’s dead fiancée, Pippa (Melanie Papalia; The Assistants, Intelligence) and perceptive housekeeper Alcina (Carmen Aguirre; Da Vinci’s Inquest, The L Word).

Endgame was created by Avrum Jacobson (ReGenesis, Republic of Doyle) and directed by Producer/Director David Frazee (Flashpoint, Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Anne Wheeler, James Head, Rachel Talalay and Charles Binamé. Executive Producers of Endgame include Michael Shepard (Zigby, Mayerthorpe), Tim Gamble (Zixx: Level Three, In Her Mother’s Footsteps) and Harvey Kahn (Beyond Sherwood Forest, The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon).

Filmed exclusively in Vancouver, BC, Endgame is developed and produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Front Street Pictures and Shaw Media with participation of the Canadian Media Fund.

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.

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 Aguerre (Tin Man, Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Melanie Papilia (The Assistants, Intelligence).

Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has made himself a virtual prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside the door. To pay the bills, he begins to solve crimes and help people with problems they cannot bring to the police.

Viewers are invited inside Balagan’s mind to witness his incredible imagination, which allows him to visualize crime scenes, work through various permutations of events, communicate hypothetically with the living and the dead, and anticipate his unknown adversaries’ next move – all without leaving his hotel. Balagan seems poised to solve every case put before him – except his own.

Endgame is the brain child of Creator and Showrunner Avrum Jacobson (ReGenesis, Republic of Doyle) and will be helmed by Director/Producer David Frazee (Flashpoint, Da Vinci’s Inquest). Executive Producers on the series include Michael Shepard (Zigby, Mayerthorpe), Tim Gamble (Zixx: Level Three, In Her Mother’s Footsteps) and Harvey Kahn (Beyond Sherwood Forest, The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon).

Filmed on location in Vancouver, BC, Endgame is developed and produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Front Street Pictures.

Canwest Broadcasting proudly announces the pick-up of Endgame, Thunderbird Film’s much-anticipated drama series in association with Front Street Pictures. The one hour, 13-episode series is set to premiere Spring 2011 on Showcase.

Endgame is an original drama series centering around a brilliant chess master.  Using the skills that made him chess champion of the world, Arkady Balagan solves the crimes that mystify others. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside. To pay his bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries – using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork.

Arrogant, brilliant and charismatic, the Russian-born Balagan is able to envision his unknown opponent’s motives and moves. He imagines events, interviews the living and the dead, and runs conflicting scenarios – all in his head. And we get to watch right along with him as he solves crimes that baffle the police. In Endgame, we see genius at work.

“The drama and suspense of Endgame are sure to intrigue our audiences,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Dramatic and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting.  “The series is a great addition to our growing roster of Canwest Original dramas. The colourful characters and storylines will make for an unforgettable TV viewing experience.”

Production on Endgame is scheduled to begin this Summer 2010 with casting announcements forthcoming.