ABC's new series Mind Games
premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10:00 pm. Haven't decided if you're going to check it out? We've got seven things you should know about the show that might help you decide.
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Here is the official synopsis from ABC:
Clark, an expert in human behavior, and his brother Ross, a former con-artist recently out of prison, open a unique agency where they use psychological manipulation to help solve their client's problems. In their first case, they attempt to help a mother whose young son is suffering from a heart condition by convincing the health insurance company's head of claims to approve a previously denied experimental treatment.
At last month's Television Critics Association event, the cast, including Christian Slater and Steve Zahn, as well as executive producers Kyle Killen, Donald Todd and Timothy Busfield were on hand to answer questions about the new series. Here are some things we learned at the event.
Manipulation Runs Both Ways
Though the brothers make their living by manipulating others, there will be some manipulation within the company as well. "They are people who manipulate for a living and they can't help but to do it to each other," executive producer Kyle Killen said.
Two Different Toolboxes
Clark is the brother with all of the technical knowledge about manipulation, but Ross is no slouch himself in that department. One has the school smarts and the other has the street smarts to make those ideas happen - making them the perfect team. "They each sort of have a different tool box," Killen said.
Episodes 9, 10, 11 and 12 are Game Changers
The lies and manipulations will start early and continue throughout the series, according to executive producer Timothy Busfield, who said he was excited by what's coming up in episodes 9, 10, 11 and 12. "You can only imagine how one little lie in a business environment becomes a huge lie in a family business," Busfield said.
The brothers take on tasks that you might see special agents or cops doing in other shows, such as surveillance and breaking into places they don't belong. But without the backing of law enforcement, they have to improvise, using items such as walkie talkies from toy stores and fake mustaches from costume stores. "It's Mission: Impossible with no budget," executive producer Donald Todd said.
Since they are basically changing people's lives from the inside out by changing what they think, the brothers have some serious responsibilities on their shoulders. It also causes friction when one brother may decide they have a commitment to finish a job they've agreed to, while the other isn't comfortable with how much manipulation it will require. "They don't want to play god, but they've developed a business where they do just that," Killen said.
A Good Mess
Between the manipulation being done on the business level and the lies on the family level, the brothers' lives won't be without their complications, but when all is said and done, Ross and Clark are better together. "They're a little bit of a mess, but together they're a good mess that brings the best out of each other," Killen said.
Based on Reality... Sort Of
When asked if the show had researched any real companies doing the sort of work done by the brothers, Killen said that he didn't know of any doing exactly the same thing. However, the techniques used by them have been in use by advertising companies for years to help corporations with branding their products. "That was part of the fun - what if you took all of that information and applied it to help a family?" Killen said.
What do you think now that you've learned more about Mind Games? Do you plan to check it out the premiere?
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