Articles for Life Season 1

NBC has initially picked up 13 episodes of a new drama about a detective who is given a second chance. The said pilot is entitled Life, which will be taking up the Wednesday niche at 10/9c as part of the network’s fall lineup.Life follows the life of detective Charlie Crews as he returns to the force after spending years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now, he returns and struggles in a world that has moved on without him, while brining in a new found philosophy.Read on to find out more about the cast. Read more »
NBC is doing everything in its power to give TV viewers a chance to see the networks new shows prior to the beginning of the Fall televisions season.  Starting today, DVDs of Chuck, Journeyman, and Life will be available for free rental at Blockbuster stores across the country.  All the shows come on one special DVD created by NBC that also includes a two-minute sneak preview of Bionic Woman.  The DVD will be available at Blockbuster through October 21.  Subscribers of Blockbuster Total Access can add the Fall Preview DVD to their queue and receive it in the mail.  Starting September 10, anyone with Comcast, Charter, Time Warner of DirecTV On Demand will be able to access the pilots of Chuck, Bionic Woman, Journeyman, and Life for free.  In addition, anyone with an internet connection will be able to access free pilot episodes of the same NBC shows for on‘s Unbox service.  The Amazon deal just happened early this week, and will extend into the TV season, when viewers can purchase episodes of select NBC shows for $1.99.  Read more »
Premiere Date and Time: Wednesday, September 26, 10pmNetwork: NBCTime Slot Competition: Dirty Sexy Money, CSI: NYCast: Damian Lewis, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton, Robin Weigert, Sarah Shahi Read more »
The new NBC pilot Life aspires to be the House of police procedurals.  It may not seem like it at first, because on the surface Life is a high-concept offering, but by the end of the first episode it becomes clear that the premise is only there to make the lead character quirky.  Which is weird, given the plot: An ex-cop spends 12 years of a life sentence for murder in a maximum security prison before being exonerated.  He then goes back to being a detective.  The improbability level of the pilot is high and, although this isn‘t always a deal-breaker, it is troubling given the fact that Life is essentially a police procedural.  Read more »
NBC has been determined in the weeks leading up to the beginning of Fall TV season to get people to watch their new shows.  Chuck, Life, Journeyman, and Bionic Woman are currently available online (at, at Blockbuster and On Demand.  NBC is looking to go one step further by utilizing their sister networks to air repeats of all four of their new shows, as well as some second year series whose ratings don‘t stack up to their reputation.  This new campaign from NBC will see weekly encore broadcasts throughout the season and a couple of mini-marathons to kick the Fall season off. Read more »
One thing worth noting about this year‘s lineup of debuting fall programs is the exodus of highly gifted British talent set to make waves on American TV.  Among the most recognizable of those imports is Damian Lewis, who became a familiar face to many viewers for his strong and standup performance as Richard “Dick” Winters on Band of Brothers. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lewis spoke about his new role on NBC‘s debuting series, Life, and the initial dilemma he underwent when the network offered him the part. Read more »
Damian Lewis‘ return to the small screen happens tonight when Life debuts on NBC at 10pm.  Lewis headlines the new series about a wrongly incarcerated cop who has just been exonerated and released from jail after 12 years. Lewis co-stars with Sarah Shahi, Robin Weigert, Brooke Langton and Adam Arkin. Read more »
NBC‘s new cop drama with a twist, Life, airs its second episode tonight, after making a decent showing during its debut last Wednesday.  Immediately following its first telecast, show creator and executive producer, Rand Ravich, participated in an exclusive live blog over at Life‘s official NBC website. During the live blog, Ravich took on a host of Life-related inquiries ranging from lead character, Charlie Crews‘ Zen outlook to his obsession with fresh fruit.  Read on for interesting details and tidbits straight from the man behind NBC‘s Life. Read more »
Detective Charlie Crews‘ (Damien Lewis) good looks and wealth make it hard for women to resist him.  However, there are two ladies who have managed to keep themselves from falling for Charlie, and they are none other than his partner, Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), and their tough lieutenant Karen Davis (Robin Weigert). Dani and Karen, two of the female central characters of the new NBC drama, Life, have not succumbed to Charlie‘s charisma for two very different reasons.  Dani knows Charlie, who returned to the force after spending time in prison for a murder he did not commit, is different and simply wants to understand him.  Karen, on the other hand, dislikes and distrusts Charlie, and does not appreciate the fact that he is back on the job. Read more »
NBC‘s Life, a story about a man who gets reinstated into the LAPD after being wrongfully imprisoned for 12 years, is trudging along in the airwaves.  The show will debut its fourth episode tonight, but thanks to the numerous spoiler sites on the web, fans of the show have the chance to catch a sneak peak into the future, particularly into the episode airing Wednesday, October 31.Readers be warned, spoilers ahead. Read more »
Since NBC‘s Life debuted in September, viewers have followed Detective Charlie Crews, a man who was wrongly imprisoned for 12 years, as he attempts to cope with the many changes of modern life and solve the murder which nearly cost him his life.  According to series star Damian Lewis, viewers will be left both satisfied and hungry for more when the show reaches the end of its freshman season. “There will be a big, satisfying revelation, though that might lead you to somewhere bigger,” Lewis told TV Guide. Read more »
Known for playing sultry DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on Showtime‘s The L Word, Sarah Shahi is back on the small screen, this time starring in NBC‘s new drama, Life.  On the show, Shahi plays a detective named Dani Reese, whose partner, Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis), is a man who regains his freedom after being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.  Although sexual tension exists between the two characters, Shahi insists that it is not intentional. “I guess it comes into play without he and I knowing it,” Shahi said in the November 6 issue of Advocate magazine.  “It‘s not the intention of these characters to have that feeling toward each other, at least in the beginning.” Read more »
Fans of NBC‘s Life can expect a lot of heat in tonight‘s broadcast. According to the network, the episode, entitled “Farthingale,” follows detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) and Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi) as they try to determine whether a gas explosion that vaporizes half of a man‘s torso is an accident or arson.  Also, Crews finds himself in the middle of another murder investigation.Want to know more about tonight‘s episode of Life? Read on for some mild spoilers. Read more »
NBC‘s Life features a lead character, Charlie Crews, who, despite having been wrongfully imprisoned for more than a decade, has managed to go back to the world with much joy and hope.  Apparently, it was this unexpected optimism that drew series actor Damian Lewis to the role. “I thought it was an interesting point to start out from… having such a dark, bleak back story… [to] approaching life with such optimism and joy, a sense of every moment being lived intensely and fully,” Lewis told Boston Now.  “I enjoyed the contradiction there, I enjoyed that he had found an antidote to his experience.  He could be bitter, he could be vengeful, but he‘s not, he chooses to be open and enthusiastic.” Read more »
In a move that may say something about the state of writers‘ strike, NBC has picked up freshman hour-longs Chuck and Life for the full season.  Both shows previously only had orders for thirteen episodes, but yesterday NBC added nine more to fill out the entire 22 episode season.  NBC premiered four new hour long scripted series this Fall, and it now appears that Chuck and Life will be the only season-long survivors.  Bionic Woman may be done for good after the strike ends.  The hyped up series has disappointed both creatively and in the ratings.  Journeyman, which has resonated with its audience, has taken a weekly beating in the ratings and is currently burning off its final episodes.  Read more »
Adam Arkin‘s duties on NBC‘s Life go beyond playing a convicted felon. Apparently, the 50-year-old actor is also expected to direct a couple of episodes of the new drama series, with the first from the initial set of 13, and the other from the remaining nine that NBC has just picked up. Read more »
While having good looks is a top priority for many Hollywood stars, the same cannot be said for Life actress Sarah Shahi, whose model-esque beauty made it hard for the actress to land roles in several productions. "It‘s something I always wanted, and it would always come down to something… They would always say, ‘She‘s too pretty.  Nobody would buy her as a small-town waitress,‘” Shahi told the New York Daily News. Read more »
Life‘s Ted Earley may have spent some time in a maximum security prison for insider trading, but this doesn‘t necessarily mean he‘s a hardened criminal.  Even Adam Arkin, the actor who has brought life to the to the ex-con, is quick to withhold judgment against his character. “He was not anybody with overt criminal intentions ever,” Arkin explained.  “He was a guy that was seduced by his own ability to play with numbers and play with money.” Read more »
While the future of some NBC shows, such as Friday Night Lights, remains a mystery, today the network announced it will be renewing three of its most popular dramas for next season.  Life and Chuck will return to the network with at least 13 more episodes in the fall, and they‘ll be joined by the third season of Heroes.  However, the really great news for fans is that the super powered series will be returning with more than 22 episodes, which should make up for the truncated run of season 2.  It‘s unknown just how many episodes Heroes will produce, but they should begin airing sometime this fall. Read more »
Today NBC announced a more detailed schedule for its Fall premieres, including a few changes. The Molly Shannon/Selma Blair sitcom Kath and Kim will move from Tuesdays to Thursdays, leaving room for The Biggest Loser to gain 30 extra minutes. Also, the new series America‘s Toughest Jobs from the producers of Ice Road Truckers, will premiere this Fall as opposed to next Summer, which NBC originally planned.Additionally, NBC announced premiere dates for all of its shows. Heroes is returning one week later than previously announced and 30 Rock fans will undoubtedly be upset, and with good reason. Read on to see the new NBC Fall 2008 schedule and premiere dates. Read more »