Josh Holloway returns to TV in CBS' Intelligence
. Playing Gabriel, the first human with a supercomputer microchip in his brain, he is able to access and hack information anywhere at any time, thus becoming the most important piece of technology the country has ever seen. Clearly an advantage over the USA's enemies, his unpredictable behavior and knowledge value leaves him needing to be protected from others and himself.
TV fans were treated to a special pilot screening of Intelligence at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 with a Q&A with the cast and executive producers. There was frequent applause and laughter. Here are three things to know about Intelligence.
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Josh Holloway (Gabriel)
Meghan Ory (Riley)
Marg Helgenberger (Lillian)
Michael Seitzman and Tripp Vinson (Executive Producers)
1. Strong Women in Powerful Positions
Gabriel might be the smartest man alive, but it's the women who hold the power on Intelligence. Lillian is in charge of the intelligence program, and when things get personal, she isn't afraid to run an interrogation.
Her father taught her there are three types of trade in negotiation. A trade in secrets, lies or favors. And favors is just good business. This becomes important at the end of the pilot.
Riley is hired to protect Gabriel. Before that, she was protecting the President of the United States. You don't want to mess with her. She single-handedly brings two men to their knees without the use of a gun.
2. Protecting Gabriel is More Important Than the President
Not only is Riley willing to take a bullet for Gabriel, but she is also hired to prevent him from looking for Amelia. For Josh Holloway, it's a dream come true, saying, "I grew up always wanting to play a secret agent ... and this seemed very current."
Gabriel can not only access files in his brain and search the Internet for intel to help him fight against the enemy, he can also be a human sniper, use infrared satellite information in a shoot out and more. Also, languages aren't a problem, he has an "app" for that.
3. A Duo Primed for Shipping
Even though Gabriel is hung up on finding his wife, Amelia, who was deemed a traitor and believed to have died five years ago, there is no denying the chemistry between Gabriel and Riley. Side note, the producers said that Amelia will be seen frequently on the show as we learn what happened to her and how Gabriel will handle it.
When Riley and Gabriel meet, he taps into his brain to look up old photos and even a sealed criminal record. Respecting her privacy, he tells her he didn't open it. But that doesn't mean he won't keep guessing.
The executive producers went on to describe how they wanted a cast that look and feel like family.
So this duo is not something they will be shying away from!
Intelligence premieres February 24 at 10pm on CBS.
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