FX The Series

Broadcast Run: 
1996 to 1998
Broadcast Medium: 
Television

The U.S. theatrical features F/X (1986) and F/X2 (1991) eventually spawned a Canadian made-for-TV sequel movie, titled F/X: The Illusion (1996), which served as the pilot for a one-hour television series that played on CTV and in syndication in the U.S. A U.S./Canada co-production, the F/X stories revolved around a New York movie special effects man who had his own mobile workshop, and who used his skills to help the cops solve difficult cases.

Owing something to such earlier series as MacGyver and Mission: Impossible, F/X: The Series starred Cameron Daddo as Rollie, the F/X man, and Kevin Dobson co-starred as Detective Leo McCarthy. Other cast regulars included Jason Blicker, Christina Cox, Sherry Miller, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jacqueline Torres and Richard Waugh. The series was shot in and around Toronto, and locations included the Royal Ontario Museum, Queen’s Park, Ontario Place and various bars in the city.

F/X: The Series was launched in September 1996 with the two-hour made-for-TV movie, and the series played on Fridays. 9:00 – 10:00pm in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. By that time, the gadgets and special effects had worked all their best magic, and viewing figures were not sufficiently encouraging for the investors to fund additional seasons

Written by Pip Wedge - February, 2003

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