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Blood Ties
Genre Fantasy, Horror
Created by Books: Tanya Huff
Directed by David Winning
Starring Christina Cox
Kyle Schmid
Dylan Neal
Gina Holden
Opening theme "Live Forever"
by Tamara Rhodes
Country of origin Canada Canada
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Peter Mohan
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia
Running time 43 Minutes (actual running time)
Broadcast
Original channel Lifetime Television
Picture format SDTV
Original run March 11, 2007 – December 7, 2007

Blood Ties is a Canadian television series based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff; the show was created by Peter Mohan. It premiered in the United States on March 11, 2007 on Lifetime Television, and during fall of 2007 on Citytv and Space in Canada. It has also been bought by UK channel Living and started there on August 16, 2007. In 2008 the show commenced screening in Australia on the FOX8 channel. In Spain, it is broadcast by Calle 13 and started on November 22, 2007. The show can also be watched for free on Lifetime's website (link below). As of April 2008, it was unknown whether the series was to be cancelled or would return for another season. In May 2008, Lifetime declined to renew the series.

As of November 2008, the Canadian production company, Kaleidoscope Entertainment Inc., was still seeking production partners to bring the show back; however, it is unlikely that the show will return to the air given the length of time since it was originally filmed. It is currently airing in syndication in many other countries. It has since released season two. In Latin America the series has started to run on AXN, but later changed to Animax the anime and SciFi Channel part of Sony Entertainment (as AXN).

Contents

Cast

Recurring guest stars

  • Françoise Yip as Kate Lam
  • Nimet Kanji as Dr. Rajani Mohadevan
  • Keith Dallas as Dave Graham
  • Eileen Pedde as Allison Crowley
  • Linda Sorensen as Dr. Betty Sagara

Plot

Blood Ties, set in Toronto, Ontario, centres around Christina Cox as Vicki Nelson, a former TPS cop who left the force to become a private investigator after beginning to lose her eyesight. Through her work she teams up with the 480-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy, who happens to be the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. The mutual attraction between them is complicated by Vicki's relationship with former partner and lover, Mike Celluci. In the beginning, he doesn't believe in the supernatural and thinks that Vicki is losing her mind along with her eyesight. Also in the picture is Vicki's assistant Coreen, who was hired because of her knowledge of the occult and to keep her quiet about Henry. Coreen is thoroughly enamored with both the occult and Henry, which can get her into trouble.

Main characters

Victoria "Vicki" Nelson
Former police officer, turned private investigator. After being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, Vicki faced the hard choice of leaving Homicide Division in the police department and working a desk job or leaving the police force all together. Despite strong protests from her partner and lover, Detective Mike Celluci, she decided to leave the force and open a private investigation firm.
Though her vision does prove to be a problem at times, Vicki refuses to let anyone treat her like she is disabled and continues to take risks with her life throughout the course of her investigations. As a result of leaving the force, her relationship with Celluci has become on-again/ off-again. Meanwhile, her growing attraction to Henry only fuels the complications in her love life, putting her in the center of a supernatural love triangle.
Henry Fitzroy
(b. June 15, 1519 d. June 18, 1536 reborn June 19, 1536) Based on the historical character Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset - the bastard son of Henry VIII of England, Henry Fitzroy chose love over familial duty and sacrificed his mortal life to remain forever with the woman he loved; Christina. Vampiric circumstances, however, prevented him from remaining with her and now, after 450 years of existence, he is living in Toronto as a graphic novelist - "Art and literature have always been my passions. I finally found a medium where I could fully realize the both of them." His quiet, hidden life takes on a new twist when he collides with Vicki Nelson in an attempt to stop a man from bringing the demon Asteroth into the mortal world. As they work to solve this case, and subsequently other supernatural problems, Henry grows deeply attracted to Vicki's willful nature and exuberance for life, eventually falling for her. Though she seems to resist his advances, he continues to pursue her and, mostly due to his centuries of experience and knowledge of both sides of the supernatural, he becomes Vicki's partner and bodyguard.
Detective Mike Celluci
Vicki's former partner, as well as on/off lover, he was very much against her decision to leave the force. He and Vicki share many personality traits, which often results in arguments between the two. Yet despite (or perhaps because of) this they are firm friends, both going so far as to discuss their current cases. As straight as they come, and a "see it to believe it" kind of guy to boot, Mike often exhibits concern over the kind of cases Vicki seems willing to take on in her new career. He has trouble accepting Vicki's friendship and trust in Henry, even more so once he finds out what Henry is, often coming across as jealous. However, they have been known to work together on occasion - especially when it is Vicki who needs help.
Coreen Fennel
Coreen becomes known to Vicki during her first "unusual" case, hiring her to find out who killed her boyfriend. Once the case was over, she managed to insinuate herself into the position of Vicki's office assistant. Coreen appears to have extensive knowledge about the occult, and is certainly far more curious and accepting of it than any of the other characters. Because of this, she seems to have struck up a friendship with Dr. Sagara, a professor of the occult known to Henry, and the two can occasionally be seen working together on a case for Vicki. Coreen can at times serve as an emissary between Vicki and Mike, usually trying to get Vicki talking with him again. It was shown various times that she may have a crush on Henry, most prominently when first meeting him. However when the two rarely work together, Coreen's lingering looks may suggest that she has a crush on him or it may be the way Henry naturally attracts women.

Episodes

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 12 March 11, 2007 May 20, 2007
Season 2 10 October 12, 2007 December 7, 2007

DVD Releases

Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs Extras
Blood Ties: The Complete First Season June 2, 2009 2008 TBA 4 Behind the Scenes Featurette
Blood Ties: The Complete Second Season October 6, 2009 TBA TBA 3 Photo Gallery, Season 1 Trailer
Blood Ties: The Complete Series April 6, 2010[1][2] January 28, 2008 TBA 7 Behind the Scenes Featurette
Photo Gallery Trailers
Blu Ray: The Complete Series April 6, 2010 TBA TBA 4[1] Behind the Scenes Featurette
Photo Gallery (in high def)
Trailers

References

  1. ^ a b "Spring Release for The Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Blood-Ties-The-Complete-Series/13183. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Box Art, Cost, Specs, Extras for The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Blood-Ties-The-Complete-Series/13358. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

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