The Philanthropist: Preview of Series Premiere
The Philanthropist: Preview of Series Premiere
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
During these times of economic unrest, can people still afford to give away precious dollars? Apparently, they can, on the brand new NBC action drama The Philanthropist, a series about a successful tycoon who opts to use his money and influence to help those in need.

On the pilot of The Philanthropist, slated to air tonight 10pm on NBC, Teddy Rist (James Purefoy) is a billionaire who is haunted by the death of his child.  His life suddenly changes when he ends up rescuing a boy during a hurricane in Nigeria.  Since then, he starts using his fortune to change the lives of others.  According to NBC, The Philanthropist is based on real-life billionaire Bobby Sager.

Pretty much, the series will chronicle the heroic adventures of the protagonist billionaire playboy turned vigilante philanthropist. Purefoy, the British star who played Mark Antony on the HBO/BBC series Rome from 2005 to 2007, will appear alongside Law and Order's Jesse L. Martin as his business associate Philip, Wild Things' Neve Campbell as his wife, plus The 4400's Lindy Booth, The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams, and The Starter Wife's Krista Allen.

Williams plays Dax, Iraq war veteran and Teddy's body guard, while Booth plays as AJ Butterfield, Director of Special Projects at Maidstone-Rist.

In the end, however, viewers of The Philanthropist will find out that Teddy isn't all altruistic, since he's also trying to purge his soul to exorcise the inner demons since his son's death.

"A man who has everything but can feel nothing, Rist keeps his adrenaline pumping by putting his business head and money-making skills to good use through bargaining with the self-righteous, making deals with drug barons and trading with the nefarious," says the NBC promo.

Catch The Philanthropist tonight 10pm on NBC.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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