Articles for The Cleaner Season 1

After focusing its attention to biographies, documentaries, and reality series, A&E is launching its first scripted drama in more than six years with a series called The Cleaner.  Inspired by the true story of real-life "extreme interventionist," the show centers on a man named William “The Cleaner” Banks, who strikes a tentative deal with God after hitting rock-bottom from his own addictions following the birth of his daughter.  Now, he vows to extinguish his addictions and dedicate his life to helping others, along with his unconventional team who also helps him “clean” people from their own addictions by any way possible. Leading The Cleaner is Benjamin Bratt, who stars as William “The Cleaner” Banks. This Emmy Award nominated actor is best known for his role of Det. Rey Curtis on the television series Law & Order.  He is also credited for films such as Miss Congeniality, Blood In Blood Out and Traffic. Read more »
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.The Cleaner 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. Read more »
Despite immediately falling in love with the script for A&E’s The Cleaner, Benjamin Bratt, who plays the central character William Banks in the series, was initially concerned about the believability of the show’s concept.  The show, which was based on the life of co-executive producer Warren Boyd, depicts a man struggling to clean himself of his addictions while trying to be a good father to his newborn daughter.“[Boyd]’s the kind of guy who just upon looking at him (it seems) like he’s been there, done that and seen it all,” Bratt said told the Boston Herald.   “That was the essence I wanted to borrow from him. He has that gravitas to him because of his life experience both in jail and his experience as a junkie and the business of savings lives.” Read more »