After playing Dr. Jeremy Stone on the science fiction miniseries The Andromeda Strain
, Benjamin Bratt
returns to the small screen to headline yet another A&E feature. This time, he'll be making his debut as an “extreme interventionist” on The Cleaner
, which premieres tonight at 10/9c.
centers on William "The Cleaner" Banks, (Benjamin Bratt), a former drug addict who strikes a tentative deal with God after hitting rock-bottom. Though no longer an addict, Banks is still dealing with the effects of his prior life, while trying to succeed at a third reconciliation with his wife Melissa Banks (Amy Price-Francis
) and spend more quality time with his two kids, Ben Banks (Brett Del Buono) and Lula Banks (Liliana Mumy), who haven't forgiven his absences during multiple stints in jail and rehab. Now, he finds redemption by helping drug addicts get clean, by any means necessary.
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In the pilot episode of The Cleaner
, William is tasked to help a once-promising high school basketball star who is addicted to meth and is now living on the streets. He soon discovers an underground world where stolen property is exchanged for drugs.
Joining Banks in his interventions is his support team, consisting of Akani Cuesta (Grace Park
), the exotic beauty who is known for her hardened street edge, Arnie Swenton (Esteban Powell
), the perpetual procrastinator who always gets in trouble, and Darnell (Kevin Michael Richardson
), the larger-than-life jovial car salesman.
marks the first new scripted series on A&E in six years, which hints that the cable channel is trying to break its own addiction to reality programs. However, the drama isn't exactly a clean break from reality as the series is based on the real-life of Warren Boyd, a former addict and current intervention specialist, who is also credited as co-exec producer on the show.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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