If you aren’t familiar with the Montreal-based Canadian TV show 19-2, you might want to get acquainted before the second season debuts on Monday night. The series, which stars Jared Keeso (Godzilla) and Adrian Holmes (Elysium, Arrow) tackles the life of beat cops working the streets of Montreal and is unlike any other show out there. Between the documentary style in which the it is shot and the hard issues that it tackles (wife-beating, elderly abuse), you’re often torn between covering your eyes and wanting to just give everyone hugs.
We’ve seen the Season 2 premiere and we promise it will knock your socks off. As we can see from the clip above, the first episode back revolves around a school shooting that’s loosely based on the horrific events that took place at Dawson College in 2006.
It’s the first time an English Canadian series has ever broached the topic. The original 19-2, which airs in Quebec and stars Claude Legault and Réal Bossé, did the same episode in French for its Season 2 debut. In order to keep that episode’s authenticity and execution, Bravo brought on the original director, Podz, to oversee the English version. The final scenes, which took 13 takes to complete, is pretty damned intense.
Check it out when it premieres on Bravo Monday night, or on Tuesday night on CTV.