Premiere Date and Time
: Wednesday, September 26, 10pm
Time Slot Competition
: Dirty Sexy Money
, CSI: NY
: Damian Lewis
, Adam Arkin
, Brent Sexton
, Robin Weigert
, Sarah Shahi
It's a cop's worst nightmare. In prison for life amongst the very people you fought to put behind bars. For Detective Charlie Crews in NBC's new prime time drama, Life
, it is a nightmare that is over. Starring Damian Lewis as Crews, NBC's Life
plays with the premise of a prolific cop convicted of a crime he did not commit, and later he finds himself exonerated, with a huge payoff waiting for him. Now armed with the sensibilities of a hardened ex-con, Crews rejoins the force, but not to everyone's liking.
Created by filmmakers Rand Ravich and Far Shariat, Life
is an interesting departure from the standard police procedural, giving us a character who may have been ‘de-habilitated' to some degree. Crews forces his way back onto the force and finds a skeptical department waiting for him, including a cautious partner played by Sarah Shahi. Robin Weigert plays the Lieutenant tasked with overseeing the controversial Crews.
Adam Arkin, formerly of Chicago Hope
, switches career gears as Crew's former cell mate, and bona fide criminal, Ted Early. Ever the noble savage, Early is a constant reminder to Crews of the nightmarish existence within ‘the system,' an experience that has changed crews in profound ways.
In a bit of nepotism, NBC snagged David Sernel who was the director of NBC's surprise '06 season hit Heroes
, to come on board as executive producer. Sernel also directs the pilot of Life
. NBC is clearly recycling some in-house brand appeal for Life
NBC has made a bold wager with the quirky procedural by scheduling it against the seminal CSI: New York
. It is the first time in some time that the show has been challenged on its own turf by another crime drama. NBC is betting Life
won't get a death sentence.
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- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV
(Photo courtesy of NBC)