Eli Stone

In our second post reviewing the world of TV in 2008, we reveal the Top 5 shows which ended this year:

  1. Boston Legal
  2. Jericho
  3. Agenda
  4. Men In Trees
  5. Eli Stone

Boston Legal: 5 seasons, 101 episodes and it’s a sad farewell to Denny Crane.  The LA Times said: “it has tried to address adult topics in full paragraphs in the only way possible given television’s current devotion to immaturity and outrageousness — with characters so odd they defied gravity. (With his tie-flipping, teeth-grinding, jaw-adjusting, arm-waving and sudden piercing stares, Spader’s Alan was so tic-driven he often seemed in danger of bursting through not just the fourth wall, but the entire set.)”.

Jericho: Not even 20 tonnes of nuts sent by fans to CBS and the largest online protest could stop the show from eventually being cancelled.  The fans did get 29 episodes in total and some closure.

Agenda: Being highly respected by journalists, quoted in Parliament and used to generate countless news stories didn’t count enough in the end, it was all about the low ratings early Saturday morning. The show celebrated 100 episodes early last year.

Men in Trees: The sweet sappy light hearted show lasted 36 episodes, with 5 screening for the first time in New Zealand.  The press seemed more interested in Anne Heche’s off-screen relationship sagas, leaving her husband for her co-star and on-screen love interest James Tupper.

Eli Stone: Barely given a chance on TV2, this delightfully warm, quirky and lovable show lasted a mere 26 episodes.  Notable guest appearances came from George Michael and Katie Holmes.

See also: Top 3 New NZ TV Shows in 2008

Sunday 28 September, 8.30pm

The drama continues tonight on Eli Stone, starring Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Hackers) as the kooky lawyer who’s struggling to balance his new-found spirituality in a ruthless law practice.

As if Eli didn’t have enough to worry about with his upcoming engagement party, his latest visions – which transport him to a World War II battlefield – prompt him to take the case of a National Guard Specialist serving in Iraq. She is suing her ex-husband over custody of their son – who is represented by Eli’s fiancée, Taylor (Natasha Henstridge).

With help from his spiritual guru Dr Chen (James Saito), Eli recalls a childhood memory of his father that reminds him of the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love – a valuable clue that uncovers a shocking twist in his case.

Meanwhile, as Eli’s odd behaviour continues, Jordan (Victor Garber) requires him to provide medical proof that he is fit to work at the firm, so Eli turns to his brother for help in falsifying his medical records.

Sunday 14 September, 8.30pm

Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Hackers) stars in Eli Stone, TV2’s hot new drama on Sunday nights. Created by Brothers & Sisters duo Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, this unique, character-driven drama explores the different worlds of law and spirituality in a humorous way.

Eli Stone (Miller) is a successful, career-driven lawyer who works at a top San Francisco practice. They represent only the biggest and richest corporations, making a habit of screwing over the little guy.
That is until the worst thing that could happen to a mercenary attorney like Eli occurs – a case that makes him care. As if that’s not enough, he’s experiencing hallucinations, including offbeat visions of pop icon George Michael. Eli starts to think he may not be cut out to be a cut-throat lawyer and perhaps has a higher calling.

Risking everything, he begins work in his law firm’s new pro-bono department, fighting for the little guy. As for those visions, his doctor thinks it’s an aneurysm, like the one that tortured his father. But Eli sees a greater possibility: a destiny to become a spiritual prophet.

“Eli’s kind of a reluctant hero,” says Miller. “What I find interesting is that he can be a real idiot. He’s human; he makes big mistakes and treats people badly, but also has redeeming qualities and tries to make amends in whatever way he can.”

Miller, best known for his big screen roles and three-year marriage to Angelina Jolie, was happy making the transition to television. “I don’t mind what kind of medium I’m working in. If the writing’s good and you’ve got the opportunity to play a part that you think is really great, I think you’d be a fool not to take it.”

Catch the twisted sense of humour in quirky new drama Eli Stone on TV2 this Sunday at 8.30pm.

Eli Stone, produced by Touchstone Television, is a legal drama set in San Francisco about a lawyer who discovers he may be a prophet. Johnny Lee Miller is the seer and Garber is his senior partner, and the father of Miller’s fiancé.

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