8:30pm – Thursday, January 7 on TV 3
It’s a bad day to be human when The Andromeda Strain infects the airwaves. The four-hour mini-series television event, The Andromeda Strain premieres on Thursday, January 7th and concludes on Friday, January 8th at 8:30pm on 3.
Based on the best-selling novel from Michael Crichton, the mini-series features an all-star cast, including Benjamin Bratt as Dr. Jeremy Stone, a man with family problems; and Rick Schroder as Maj. Bill Keane, MD, who’s all about the military modus operandi.
Along with the doctor and the Major is Scrubs’ Christa Miller as Dr. Angela Noyce, who clearly has some history with Dr. Stone. “I’m a very serious biologist-doctor. I’m not funny at all,” says the star about her role in the sci-fi thriller.
“It’s much harder doing comedy, and it’s much harder [saying] words that my husband [Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence] doesn’t write for me.”
Lost star Daniel Dae Kim is also on team brain. Kim explains that his character Dr. Chou is “a microbiologist, he previously worked with the Chinese government on their chemical weapons program. Now he’s in America, working for the U.S. government and corporations.”
For Kim, the big contrast between playing Lost’s Jin Kwon and Dr. Chou is getting the sci-speak across. “The Andromeda challenge was taking something that is filled with jargon, a lot of scientific, technical terms, and trying to play an action on top of it,” he explains.
“As an actor, [it's] trying to keep the stakes high, while still keeping it clear enough that audience can understand what actually is happening.”
Joining this already all-star cast is Will & Grace star Eric McCormack. “I play Jack Nash,” says McCormack, “a recovering coke addict and reporter for a CNN-like news station.”
The Andromeda Strain buffs will note that McCormack’s character did not exist in the original novel, but McCormack says that his character’s inclusion seems natural in the 2008 update.
“Andromeda was science fiction when it was written,” he explains, “now; however, I think this is pretty close to science fact. It’s not outrageous to imagine a killer disease. It’s very, very close to the truth. And the truth is, that rather than three anchors, none of whom would out the president, we now have a trillion media people who would kill for the scoop. It’s almost impossible for the government to hide everything.”
Make The Andromeda Strain when the mini-series premieres on Thursday, January 7th and concludes on Friday, January 8th at 8:30pm on 3.