The Forgotten

8:30pm Thursday, April 15 on TV One

Christian Slater stars in TV ONE’s new drama, The Forgotten with Jerry Bruckheimer as executive producer.

The Forgotten Network is a group of amateur detectives united in their quest to give names to unidentified victims and bring their murderers to justice. Led by Alex (Slater, True Romance), a former detective haunted and driven by the disappearance of his own young daughter, the group gather in coffee shops and living rooms, to discuss leads, clues and tips, each bringing their own motivations and skills to the table, each driven by a deep sense of purpose.

Alex may not have resolution for his own daughter, but by inspiring and guiding his team, he can bring resolution to others – piecing together each victim’s story, retracing their footsteps, and unearthing why they died, by learning how they lived. Working against the clock to give each victim a name before being buried a John or Jane Doe, these amateur detectives are in it to bring closure – and win justice.

Executive producer Mark Friedman explains “this is a show about identifying people, but also about our characters struggling over who they are.”

Star of the series Christian Slater tells TVsquad.com ” I think it’s unique in the fact that it’s about a group of volunteers. They’re human beings like you and me doing something very, very noble. It’s about a great team of people comprised of a telephone repairman, a schoolteacher, an office worker and a former medical student who’s there for community service. “

Asked what makes his Donovan different to other character’s he’s played Slater says “He’s a former Chicago police detective, and he’s definitely a guy who has gone over the edge and is starting to come back and feel a little bit more grounded in society again. Now we’re catching him at a point where he’s in the process of repairing and rebuilding, motivated by trying to give closure to as many other people as he can possibly give it to, because he can’t get it within himself. “

Elisha Cuthbert (24) joins the series later in the season as Maxine Denver, a strong, successful Chicago professional who’s forced to put her scepticism of The Forgotten Network aside when the team investigate a case that’s close to home.

Also volunteering in The Forgotten Network are Candace Butler (Michelle Borth, Supernatural), a confident, headstrong young woman who avoids the crushing boredom of her mundane job by helping the Network identify victims; Lindsey Drake (Heather Stephens With Friends Like These, Desperate Housewives), a resilient high school science teacher who works with the Network as a form of penance for a crime committed by her husband; Walter Bailey (Bob Stephenson Friends With Money), a well-intentioned phone company employee and true-crime enthusiast whose zealousness can sometimes complicate investigations; Tyler Davies (Anthony Carrigan), a street-smart medical school dropout and aspiring artist who is court-ordered to join the Network to satisfy his community service; and Grace Russell (Rochelle Aytes), a resourceful homicide detective with the Chicago Police, who is Alex’s former protégé and now his main link to the department.

It was TVNZ’s turn to show off which series they’ll be screening in 2010 at their new season launch today in Auckland.  As you’d expect, there’s a fairly solid line-up.

TV One has a new goal:  to be a little edgier.  One might assume: a little less safe.  It will be interesting to see how this transcribes into ratings.

TV One should dominate Mondays with The Pacific, an HBO series from the makers of Band of Brothers.  This will be followed by the multi-Emmy award-winning series Generation Kill. However, as it aired in the US in 2008, it can be bought on DVD here for about $40.

On TV2 Monday night kicks off with Supernanny followed by Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

Before Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice screen, Tuesday nights on TV2 will have New Zealand’s version of The Apprentice.  No doubt Terry Serepisos should do quite well now that some of the boys from his club are heading to the World Cup.

Speaking of which, unlike other major sporting events, TVNZ has chosen not to relinquish the free-to-air rights for the football World Cup in South Africa which will screen on TV One.

Wednesday will see the local version of Masterchef New Zealand on TV One, confirming that the format won’t follow the highly successful Australian version.  This will be followed by the second season of Packed to the Rafters that is about to finish in Australia.

The final season of Lost has been promised to be aired as close to its US release as possible. The word simulcast was used but no one expects the show to air at 2pm.  TV2 has it listed in a Wednesday timeslot which means the best we can hope for is that ABC in the US move the show to a Tuesday so that it will air here within hours. If not, one can only assume that New Zealand internet traffic will be incredibly low for the six days post the season finale in the US as kiwi fans avoid websites spoiling the mystery.

The lead in to Lost is the new sci-fi thriller Flash Forward.

Coming to TV One on Friday nights is Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet which will be up against a tough comedy line up on TV3.  TV2 will screen the ninth season of American Idol after Two and a Half Men and The Middle, a show that is scarily reminiscent of Malcom in the Middle.

TV One is bringing the Bond-a-thon to Saturday nights with all 22 Bond movies.

Marcus Lush will be back with South, as will Matthew and Marc’s Rocky Road and the Amazing Race for Sunday evenings.  Sports fans will also be introduced to a new show on TV One for Sunday’s lineup.

The spaceships were shown but the cult remake of V wasn’t mentioned specifically.

The show of the preview though had to be This is Not My Life from the makers of Go Girls and Outrageous Fortune.  It looks hot.  The brief snippet made me think of Minority Report and the cult series Nowhere Man from the nineties.  It stars Charles Mesure (Gerard from Outrageous Fortune – does this mean he’s dead and not in Season 6?) and Tania Nolan (Angelina from Go Girls).  Of everything I saw, this was the one I’m most looking forward to.  Hopefully we’ll get a copy of the trailer soon.

New Shows
Flash Forward



The Middle



The Forgotten



The Vampire Diaries



Human Target



Drop dead Diva



Cougar Town



Hawthorne



Hung



Castle



Generation Kill



The Pacific



Past Life



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The Apprentice New Zealand
Masterchef New Zealand
Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet

Real Life: Are You My Tribe

Returning
Shortland Street
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
Packed to the Rafters
Beyond the Darklands
Gangs of Oz
Criminal Minds
Sunday Theatre
South
Medical Emergency
Piha Rescue
Border Patrol
Animal House
The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show
Inspectors
Cold Case
The Zoo
Desperate Housewives
Brothers & Sisters
American Idol
Go Girls
The Big Bang Theory
Chuck
The Mentalist
Scrubs
Rescue 1
Fringe
Two and a Half Men
Gary Unmarried
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Police Ten 7
Neighbours at War
America’s Funniest Home Videos
The Amazing Race
Matthew and Marc’s Rocky Road
One News
Fair Go
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