The Unit

THE BOX – Wednesdays from 17 October, 8.30pm

From Executive Producers David Mamet and Shawn Ryan, The Unit is an action drama that follows a covert team of Special Forces operatives as they risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe, while their families maintain the home front, protecting their husbands’ secrets. Enjoy double episodes as the series comes to a close. The deadly missions are stepped up even further placing The Unit’s lives in extreme danger. Plus, is someone’s marriage coming to an end?

THE BOX – Wednesdays from 27 June, 9.30pm

Covert warriors. Unsung heroes. They are the Unit.

They may have their fair share of fights in the warzone but when these soldiers return home, the conflict follows them. This season the unit’s brotherhood is tested as they realise that it’s just as easy to get stabbed in the back by someone they trust. No matter how hard they try to protect their country, sometimes it’s not enough to keep their families safe.

The BOX – Tuesdays from 1 February, 8.30pm

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks

The Unit follows a covert team of Special Forces operatives as they risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe while their wives maintain the home front; protecting their husbands’ secrets.

Season 3 begins as Jonas (Dennis Haysbert) is being pursued by a mysterious assassin. Now on the run, Colonel Ryan (Robert Patrick) meets up with his wife who sold out the secrets that prompted an investigation and the subsequent shutdown of the unit.

the BOX – Thursdays from 16 April, 8.30pm

Encores Sundays 9.30pm

The covert Special Forces team are back in the second season of the explosive series.

Operating outside the usual military chain of command and risking their lives on undercover missions at home and abroad, the identities of The Unit are highly classified – a secret that’s also fiercely guarded by their wives.

Despite the men’s determination to protect their families from the dangers of the job, they’ve learned that the enemy they have defeated in the field is also capable of bringing the fight right back to their own front door.  It’s a lesson that will prevail in the new season as Jonas (Denis Haysbert) and the men’s wives work on a covert operation of their own, while Mack (Max Martini) becomes preoccupied trying to uncover information about Tiffy’s (Abbey Brammwell) affair with Ryan (Robert Patrick) and The Unit welcome a new member to their team.

the BOX – Thursdays from 16 April, 8.30pm

The covert Special Forces team are back in the second season of the explosive series.

Operating outside the usual military chain of command and risking their lives on undercover missions at home and abroad, the identities of The Unit are highly classified – a secret that’s also fiercely guarded by their wives.

Despite the men’s determination to protect their families from the dangers of the job, they’ve learned that the enemy they have defeated in the field is also capable of bringing the fight right back to their own front door.  It’s a lesson that will prevail in the new season as Jonas (Denis Haysbert) and the men’s wives work on a covert operation of their own, while Mack (Max Martini) becomes preoccupied trying to uncover information about Tiffy’s (Abbey Brammwell) affair with Ryan (Robert Patrick) and The Unit welcome a new member to their team.

The BOX – Thursdays from 15 January, 8.30pm

Jonas Blane (Dennis Haysbert, 24) is back in the first season of the gritty drama series, leading a covert team of elite special forces operatives on counter-terrorism missions.

Bound by a unique brotherhood, members of ‘The Unit’ and their wives must keep the true nature of their work a secret, coping with the fear and uncertainly they are all confronted by as they risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe.

Poor ratings has seen changes to the TV3 schedule on Monday Nights immediately…

Women’s Murder Club moves to the slot following Sports Tonight on Monday nights (around 11:15-11:30pm).

The Unit pulled altogether… “Unfortunately, The Unit wasn’t performing as expected in the timeslot. TV3 will consider screening further episodes at a later date.”

Movies (The Bourne Identity on August 25 and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life on September 1) replace Women’s Murder Club at 8:30pm.

Monday, August 11th at 9:30pm

The Unit pursues a terrorist who’s planning a nuclear holocaust in 3’s action drama The Unit, screening Monday, August 11th at 9:30pm on 3.

One of the series stars, Regina Taylor – who portrays Molly Blane – recently wrote on her TV Guide blog about how proud she is to be part of the hit series, not only because the show continues to be a hit with audiences, but because it spearheads the representation of the African-American community in today’s television drama series.

“Jonas Blane [Dennis Haysbert] is the only black lead in a drama on television,” Taylor wrote on her blog. “Jonas and Molly Blane are the only black couple in a drama on TV,” she adds.

Still, the actress clarified that The Unit – an action drama about a top-secret contingent of Special Forces soldiers who operate outside the usual military chain of command – is not about race.

“It tells the story of human beings under stressful situations dealing as human beings. Their characters are universal,” she says.

The series’ producers describe Taylor’s character on The Unit as the base matriarch who comforts and counsels the other wives as they cope with the fear and uncertainty they experience when their husbands are on a mission.

Taylor says she draws from her life experiences in fleshing out such a strong and empowered female character.

“I try to instill in Molly the characteristics of those who raised me and helped to shape my life,” she says.

“Those strong, resolute, regular women who sometimes found themselves humanly fragile and very extraordinary in the face of life’s storms,” she adds.

“I try to keep her humanity shining through for anyone who presses close to the screen searching for recognition.”

And these characteristics certainly come out in Molly. Make not to miss this strong, independent character when The Unit continues on Monday, August 11th at 9:30pm on 3.

Monday, July 21st at 9:30pm

A covert team of U.S. Special Forces operatives undertake missions around the world while their wives attempt to carry on a normal life back at home in the return of The Unit (starring Dennis Haysbert and Scott Foley), premiering Monday, June 21st at 9:30pm on 3.

Aside from the top-secret military group that embarks on dangerous missions abroad, the appeal of The Unit also comes from the wives of the team members and how they deal with their lives as part of the military.

Among the female cast members of The Unit, Abby Brammell has distinctly established herself as Tiffy Gerhardt, the wife of Mack ‘Dirt Diver’ Gerhardt (Max Martini) who is hiding her own dark secrets.

Though Brammell has played various roles on Six Feet Under, The Shield, Birds of Prey, and CSI, she says that there’s something special about playing Tiffy that had attracted her to the role.

“She’s so troubled. I really gravitate towards the troubled, soul-searching character. I really like that she struggles with right and wrong. And also that she’s married to a soldier. That seemed really fantastic to me. I’ve always loved the kind of archetype of the warrior, so to be a warrior’s lady, is pretty great, too,” Brammell told TVaddict.com.

According to Brammell, she also enjoys the fact that her character is little bit reckless and wild, as well as driven to experience life to its fullest. However despite the lies and the blunders of Tiffy, Brammell has learned to accept her character and portray her as effectively as possible.

“You have to kind of let go of what you think is right and wrong, and really just deal with trying to love your character. And accept them for who they are with all of the terrible mistakes they make. And not judge them. You really can’t judge your characters… you just have to love them and try to portray them as honest as possible. It’s hard,” she explains.

Tonight’s season opener entitled “Change Of Station” sees Tiffy discover a young boy, who she taught in the third grade, badly bruised and obviously in need to talk to someone.

Find out how this troubled character deals with another troubled soul when The Unit returns on Monday, July 21st at 9:30pm on 3.

The Big Bang Theory and Private Practice have both been confirmed to get full 22 episode series. The Unit has been given an extra nine episodes.

The Big Bang Theory is the biggest new comedy and Private Practice is the biggest new drama of the 2007 US Fall season.