The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (film)
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a 2008 film based on Michael Chabon's 1988 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Rawson M. Thurber, who directed, it was produced by executive produced by Omar Amanat. Shooting in Pittsburgh ended in October 2006, with the film set for release in 2008, it made its world premiere in January 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival. Set in 1980s Pittsburgh, the film follows the affairs of two young men with one woman, also with each other. Jon Foster as Art Bechstein: The well-mannered, intelligent son of a Jewish gangster who gets caught up in a tangled love triangle with Jane and Cleveland. Sienna Miller as Jane Bellwether: Cleveland's girlfriend. In the novel, Jane is elevated to leading lady in Thurber's adaptation. Peter Sarsgaard as Cleveland Arning: Jane's rebellious bisexual boyfriend, with whom Art becomes involved. In the novel, Cleveland is heterosexual. Mena Suvari as Phlox Lombardi: A strange girl who works at the book shop, who becomes romantically involved with Art.
In the novel, she is one of the main romantic interests along with Arthur, but her role is reduced in the film. Nick Nolte as Joe Bechstein: Art's father is a Jewish gangster, disappointed with his son's choices and would like him to become a stockbroker. Earlier attempts to bring Pittsburgh to the big screen failed, including Chabon's own try at adapting the novel. In early 2000, independent filmmaker Jon Sherman adapted Chabon's novel into a screenplay, hoping to film it with Jason Schwartzman in the role of Art Bechstein. By August of the same year, Chabon announced that the project had fallen apart, sadly writing, "Ah, well. Maybe someday."Director Rawson Marshall Thurber got hold of the project sometime prior to 2006, when he began filming after convincing Michael Chabon he could make it work. Chabon had seen the script, was pleased with it. In order to facilitate the film adaptation, Thurber removed the character of Arthur Lecomte "whole cloth" from the original Chabon novel in what he described as "the most glaring change".
Lecomte, a gay man for whom Art begins to develop feelings, had to be removed because Thurber felt "that in order for the film to function properly, it needed a more efficient and more cinematic engine — in short, a love triangle." Many elements of Arthur Lecomte were folded into the character of Cleveland. Cast member Sienna Miller created a minor stir in Pittsburgh when, in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, she referred to the city as "Shitsburgh", saying, "Can you believe this is my life? Will you pity me when you're back in your funky New York apartment and I'm still in Pittsburgh? I need to get more glamorous films and stop with my indie year." Miller has been parodied in Pittsburgh media and criticized for making what was seen as an unnecessarily disparaging remark, given the special treatment the film's cast and crew had been given by the visitor's bureau and other city offices. Miller soon said her remarks were taken out of context, she further stated that she was referring to night time shooting schedule of the production, that what she had seen of the city was beautiful.
Upon major release, reviews were predominantly negative. On review aggregator website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 38, based on 14 reviews. Based on 43 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh has an overall approval rating from critics of 12% with an average score of 3.9/10. CBC News gave the Thurber a damning review, they felt Thurber was "out of his depth" with the Chabon novel, were amazed that "Like some act of reverse alchemy, Thurber has taken movie-friendly gold and turned it into dull metal." Reviewer Martin Morrow felt that the film "cuts, combines or perversely twists the book's characters, drops some of the best scenes, skimps on the sex and – unbelievably – substitutes Thurber's leaden writing for Chabon's wit", where the original novel was "just as camera-ready" as Wonder Boys, adapted into a film in 2000. Morrow was critical of Thurber's "timid" take on Art's sexual revelation, Foster's acting.
He described Cleveland as a "perfect role" for Sarsgaard, was praising of Sarsgaard's acting, but felt the character's humour was missing. Gay City News felt that the adaptation compromised the "very literary" debut novel and criticized Foster's "cheap voice-over narration" for failing to add any dimension to what's happening on screen. Reviewer Gary M. Kramer was critical of the film for excising the character of Arthur, compressing the character of Phlox and for bringing supporting characters Jane and Cleveland into the foreground, was critical of Sarsgaard's acting; the review concluded that the film "seems a victim of poor planning and bad timing" and was distant from what he called "the excellent source novel."One reviewer for Movies.com noted that this "makes the 1137th film in which Peter Sarsgaard is called upon to play a smug, somewhat unbalanced, bisexual jerk" and suspected the actor might become typecast. Movies.com were disappointed with the self-pitying and mopy qualities of Foster's character, felt the movie played as if "watching Felicity if she were a sexually experimental guy."
Despite his grievances, reviewer Dave White awarded the film a mildly below average C- rating and commented "I don't want to bash it too much because it's a l
Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line is a 2012 third-person shooter video game developed by the German studio Yager Development and published by 2K Games. It was released internationally in June 2012 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it is the tenth title, as well as a reboot, of the Spec Ops series. In the game, players can hide behind cover, vault over obstacles, shoot enemies while utilizing a variety of gadgets. Included with the game is an online multiplayer mode, developed separately by Darkside Game Studios, allowing players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay; the player controls Captain Martin Walker, sent into a post-catastrophe Dubai with an elite Delta Force team on a recon mission. As the game progresses, Walker begins to experience hallucinations and realizes the horror of war. Yager started the game's development in 2007, taking inspiration for the setting and story framework from various media, including Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now; the game was designed to be "physically opposing", causing players to question their thoughts about treating war in a video game as entertainment, tasks players to make a variety of morally ambiguous decisions.
The game suffered from multiple delays, the development team used this time to refine the story and increase the gameplay's pace. The game's soundtrack is original music composed by Elia Cmíral. Video game critics gave Spec Ops: The Line positive reviews. Praise focused on the narrative and its themes, while criticism was targeted at the online multiplayer mode and generic third person gameplay. Spec Ops: The Line was a commercial failure and did not garner the attention that distributor Take-Two Interactive had hoped for, but it was awarded and nominated for several end-of-the-year accolades for its story and has garnered a cult following in the years after its release. Yager announced; the game was banned in the United Arab Emirates for its depiction of Dubai in a state of destruction. The player can select from four difficulty levels: Walk on the Beach, Combat Op, Suicide Mission, FUBAR. A player only gain access to the FUBAR difficulty after completing the game on Suicide Mission. Various new weapons and equipment become available as the game progresses, some dropped by downed enemies.
These include several different rifles and machine guns. Some offer alternate firing modes, like using a telescopic sight. Players can acquire and make use of grenade launchers, hand grenades, turrets. However, the player can only carry two weapons at a time. Supply caches can be found in different parts of the game, allowing the player to refill their ammo and grenades. Whenever the player shoots an enemy in the head, the game enters a slow-motion mode for a short period of time; the player can defeat enemies at close range via melee combat. Dying enemies can be executed. Hiding behind cover can provide protection and prevents the player from being shot, as well as providing opportunities to blindfire or lean out to shoot enemies; as a third-person shooter with an emphasis on squad-based tactics, players can issue commands to Sergeant Lugo and Lieutenant Adams, who accompany the player for most of the game. Available commands include focusing fire on one particular target and ordering medical attention for an injured squad member.
Adams can defeat enemies by using heavy gadgets or throwing grenades, while Lugo provides sniping assistance. Environmental hazards like sandstorms occur, drastically reducing the player's vision and visibility. Sand becomes a key gameplay mechanic and players can manipulate it at scripted moments in the game, such as triggering a sand avalanche to bury enemies alive; when a grenade explodes on sand, dust clouds that can blind enemies are formed. Sand sometimes opens up new paths to allow players to progress; the player needs to make moral decisions at certain points during the game, including making choices that can determine the fate of both soldiers and civilians. These decisions affect the relationship between Walker and his squadmates, will cause them to react differently; the game incorporates several subtle effects to visualize the lead character's increasing mental and physical distress. The orders and shouts to his team become angry and ragged in contrast to his stern but collected orders at the outset.
His kill confirmations of enemies corrupts from professional in the beginning to psychotic. Loading screens display helpful gameplay hints for the player, but as the game progresses, the text becomes hostile towards Walker's actions, sometimes breaks the fourth wall by addressing the player directly; the game features collectibles known as Intel, which are audio logs that provide additional backstory for players. Set before the events of the campaign, the competitive multiplayer divides players into two different teams: The Exiles and The Damned. Both teams have their respective perks. Six classes are available for players to choose: Gunner, Scavenger, Breacher and Officer; each have their own advantages. Environmental hazards, including sandstorms, may occur during a multiplayer match; the game modes featured in the multiplayer include: Chaos: A free-for-all mode, in which players eliminate other players. Mutiny: A team deathmatch mode, in which a team of players eliminates the opposing team. Rally Point: A "King of the Hill"-styled match, in which players secure a rally point and accumulate sco
Argo (2012 film)
Argo is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ben Affleck. Screenwriter Chris Terrio adapted the screenplay from the book by the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez, The Master of Disguise, the 2007 Wired article by Joshuah Bearman, "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran"; the latter deals with the "Canadian Caper", in which Mendez led the rescue of six U. S. diplomats from Tehran, under the guise of filming a science fiction film during the 1979–1981 Iran hostage crisis. The film, starring Affleck as Mendez, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman in supporting roles, was released in the United States on October 12, 2012, it was produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney. Upon release, Argo received widespread acclaim, with praise directed towards the acting, Affleck's direction, Terrio's screenplay, the editing, Desplat's score; the film received seven nominations at the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing.
The film earned five Golden Globe Award nominations: it won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Alan Arkin. It won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arkin was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, it won Best Film, Best Editing and Best Director at the 66th British Academy Film Awards, 37th Hochi Film Award for Best International Picture. Despite its praise, Argo has been criticized for some specific inaccuracies, in particular for minimizing the role of the Canadian embassy in the rescue, for falsely showing that the Americans were turned away by the British and New Zealand embassies, for exaggerating the danger the group faced during events preceding their escape from the country. On November 4, 1979, Iranian Islamists storm the United States embassy in Tehran in retaliation for President Jimmy Carter giving the Shah asylum in the U.
S. during the Iranian Revolution. 60 of the embassy staff are taken as hostages, but six avoid capture and are sheltered in the home of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor. With the escapees' situation kept secret, the U. S. State Department begins to explore options for exfiltrating them from Iran. Tony Mendez, a U. S. Central Intelligence Agency exfiltration specialist, is brought in for consultation, he is at a loss when asked for an alternative. While on the phone with his son, he is inspired by watching Battle for the Planet of the Apes and begins plans for creating a cover story for the escapees: that they are Canadian filmmakers who are in Iran scouting exotic locations for a science-fiction film. Mendez contacts John Chambers, a Hollywood make-up artist who had worked for the CIA. Chambers puts Mendez in touch with film producer Lester Siegel. Together, they set up a phony film production company, publicize their plans, establish the pretense of developing Argo, a "science fantasy adventure" in the style of Star Wars, to lend credibility to the cover story.
Meanwhile, the escapees grow restless. The revolutionaries reassemble embassy photographs shredded before the takeover and realize that some personnel are unaccounted for. Posing as a producer for Argo, Mendez enters Iran under the alias Kevin Harkins and meets with the six escapees, he provides them with fake identities. Although afraid to trust Mendez's scheme, they reluctantly go along, knowing that he is risking his own life too. A scouting visit to the bazaar to maintain their cover story takes a bad turn when they are harassed by a hostile shopkeeper, but their Iranian culture contact hustles them away from the hostile crowd. Mendez is told that the operation has been cancelled to avoid conflicting with a planned military rescue of the hostages, he pushes ahead anyway, forcing his boss Jack O'Donnell to hastily re-obtain authorization for the mission and confirm their tickets on a Swissair flight. Tensions rise at the airport, where the escapees' ticket reservations are confirmed at the last minute, the head guard's call to the fake production company in Hollywood is answered only at the last second.
The group boards the airliner, which takes off just as the Revolutionary Guards at the airport are informed of the ruse and try to stop them. To protect the hostages remaining in Tehran from retaliation, all U. S. involvement in the rescue is suppressed and full credit is given to the Canadian government and its ambassador. The ambassador's Iranian housekeeper, who had known about the Americans and lied to the revolutionaries to protect them, escapes to Iraq. Mendez is awarded the Intelligence Star, but due to the mission's classified nature, he receives the medal in secret and has to return it afterwards; the award is restored to him after the Canadian Caper is declassified in 1997. Argo is based on the "Canadian Caper" that took place during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and 1980. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay based on Joshuah Bearman's 2007 article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran,", published in Wired. In 2007, the producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov and David Klawans set up a project based on the article.
Affleck's participation was announced in February 2011. The following June, Alan Arkin was the first person cast in the film. After the rest of the roles were cast, filming began in Los Angeles in August 2011. Additional filming took place in Virginia. C.. The scene in which Mendez drives up to and walks into the CIA headquarters lobby
Ghost Whisperer is an American supernatural television series, which ran on CBS from September 23, 2005, to May 21, 2010. The series follows the life of Melinda Gordon, who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. While trying to live a normal life as possible—she is married and owns an antique store—Melinda helps earthbound spirits resolve their problems and cross over into the light, or the spirit world, her tasks are difficult and at times she struggles with people who push her away and do not believe in her gift. In addition, the ghosts are mysterious and sometimes menacing at first, Melinda must use the clues available to her to understand the spirits' needs and help them; the show was created by John Gray and was produced by Sander/Moses Productions, executive producer, Jennifer Love Hewitt in association with ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. On May 18, 2010, CBS canceled the show after five seasons. Melinda Gordon is a young woman from the town of Grandview, New York, who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead.
Melinda lives with her husband, Jim Clancy, their son Aiden. She owns a shop called "Same as It Never Was"; each ghost seeks Melinda's help in relaying a message or completing a task that will put their spirit to rest, allow them to cross over into the light. Those who died with unfinished business become earthbound and cannot cross over, Melinda, as their earthly representative, helps them to find peace; the show does not present the ghosts as having sinned. The series starred Aisha Tyler as Andrea Marino, Melinda's best friend, who runs the antique shop with her. Andrea is killed in the first-season finale. During the second season, Melinda meets Delia Banks, a struggling real estate agent who forms a friendship with Melinda and who agrees to run the antique shop with her. Delia is shocked to find out about Melinda's abilities. Delia accepts Melinda's gift, though she remains skeptical at times. Delia has a son named Ned Banks. Melinda forms a friendship with Rick Payne, a professor at Rockland University.
He helps Melinda solve the conflicts of ghosts throughout the third seasons. He departs in the fourth-season premiere for an expedition in the Himalayas; the same episode introduced Eli James, another professor at the university, who goes through a near-death experience which unlocks an ability to hear ghosts. Unlike Melinda, he cannot see them, he helps her investigate the hauntings. Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon Aisha Tyler as Andrea Marino David Conrad as Jim Clancy / Sam Lucas Camryn Manheim as Delia Banks Jay Mohr as Professor Rick Payne Christoph Sanders as Ned Banks Jamie Kennedy as Professor Eli James Ghost Whisperer is based in part on the work of Mary Ann Winkowski. Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere. James Van Praagh was a co-executive consultant on the show; the show was produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Television Studios (originally Paramount Network Television in season one and ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television in seasons two and three.
The show was filmed on the Universal Studios back lot in Los Angeles. One area on the lot is Courthouse Square from the Back to the Future trilogy, though it has been drastically modified to depict Grandview. For example, the clock tower in Back to the Future has been covered up; the front of Melinda and Jim's house is the same set used by the Finch family in the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Cast and crew members said. After the show's cancellation and shortly before the sets were torn down, Jennifer Love Hewitt filmed a tour demonstrating the ways in which the areas were different from those shown in the TV broadcast. Sound effects were completed at Smart Post Sound. Visual effects for the pilot and some season one episodes were completed at Flash Film Works. Visual effects for nearly the entire series were created at Eden FX. Roy Forge Smith, who collaborated with John Gary, was the production designer on 44 episodes of the show, spanning two season, from 2005 to 2007. Creator John Gray grew up in Brooklyn, New York, not far from Grand View-On-Hudson, west of the Hudson River.
Piermont is referenced in episodes as the neighboring town, accurate to real life as Grand View is located just north of Piermont. Professors Rick Payne and Eli James worked at the fictional "Rockland University", not coincidentally, the actual village of Grand View is a village located in Rockland County, New York. Season one premiered on September 23, 2005, ended on May 5, 2006, it received an average of 10.20 million viewers. Season two of Ghost Whisperer premiered on September 22, 2006, ended on May 11, 2007, again airing Friday nights on CBS during the same timeslot. CBS renewed the show for a third season placing it in its regular Friday 8 p.m. ET time slot; the third season premiered September 28, 2007. Twelve episodes were completed before the Writers Guild of Ameri
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American action television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009, stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The series follows the exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects, an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments. NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS. Nia Long joined the cast as Shay Mosley for the ninth season after Miguel Ferrer's death. On April 18, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a tenth season, which premiered on September 30, 2018. NCIS: Los Angeles follows Special Agent G. Callen, a "legend" assigned to the Office of Special Projects, a fictitious branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Callen leads an elite team of undercover operatives as they battle enemies both foreign and domestic under the watchful eye of Operational Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange.
The team is composed of Agent Kensi Blye, a hand-to-hand combat specialist and forensic whiz, Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL and G's partner, technical analyst Eric Bartholomew Beale III, ranking team member Shay Mosley, NCIS Executive Assistant Director for Pacific Operations. Over the course of the series, the team are assisted by allies from both NCIS and its local counterparts, including LAPD liaison officer Marty Deeks, Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz, rookie field agent Dominic Vail, all of whom work side-by-side with NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger, a laconic agent and skilled bureaucrat. G. Callen is the Lead Senior Special Agent and undercover operative attached to the NCIS Office of Special Projects, he speaks several languages fluently, including Russian and French. Callen is a skilled field agent having worked numerous overseas undercover assignments. Placed in the foster system at a young age, G. did not know his first name but learned about his family, in turn, himself.
As G. lives somewhat of a nomadic nature, Los Angeles is G's most stable home. He is partnered with Sam Hanna. Nate Getz is an Operational Psychologist attached to OSP in order to monitor the team's emotional well-being. Valued as both an agent and a doctor, Getz is drafted to a deep cover operation and subsequently becomes a well-established field agent. Despite his career change, Getz still returns to Los Angeles. Kensi Blye is the daughter of a Marine and the only female Special Agent attached to OSP, her father died at a young age. Estranged from her mother, Kensi is a skilled undercover operative and sniper, not afraid to use her sexuality to get results, she is married to her partner Marty Deeks. Dominic Vail is a probationary agent and a technical specialist, assigned to OSP straight out of training, he is seen as a sort of younger brother to the other team members. Sam Hanna is G's partner. Sam has the most stable home life of the team, he still lives for the thrill of undercover work. He is a former Navy SEAL, an expert on Middle Eastern culture, speaks fluent Arabic, as such he not only provides invaluable insight on cases involving the USMC and USN, but on cases involving ethnicity.
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange is the team's Operational Manager. As a veteran undercover operative, Hetty has achieved an unbelievable amount during her life, with distinguished work as an overseas intelligence operative during the Cold War. During her younger years, she took in several orphans from the streets in order to mold them into undercover operatives. Eric Beale is the team's Technical Operator and resident geek, he as such is not firearms trained. Beale is comfortable in the OSP much to the chagrin of his teammates who become annoyed by his quirks such as leaving his surf board by their cars, he is close friends with Nell. Marty Deeks is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department Detective who worked undercover and was exiled within the LAPD. Deeks is an experienced attorney at law having worked as a Public Defender in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts prior to joining the LAPD. After he is selected by Hetty to be the LAPD's Liaison Officer to NCIS, it becomes clear that her plan is for Deeks to become an Agent.
He deflects a great deal using humor. He is partnered with, married to, Kensi. Nell Jones is a Special Agent, she is just as comfortable outside the office as in it, it appears that Hetty is grooming her as a replacement. Jones is a capable field operative and skilled firearms expert, she has the highest IQ of anybody at NCIS. She is close friends with Eric. Owen
24 (TV series)
24 is an American action drama television series produced for the Fox network, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, starring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Each season, comprising 24 episodes, covers 24 hours in Bauer's life using the real time method of narration. Premiering on November 6, 2001, the show spanned 192 episodes over eight seasons. In addition, a television film, 24: Redemption, was broadcast between seasons six and seven, on November 23, 2008. 24 returned with a ninth season titled 24: Live Another Day, which aired from May 5 to July 14, 2014. 24: Legacy, a spin-off series featuring new characters, premiered on February 5, 2017. After the cancellation of Legacy in June 2017, Fox announced its plan to develop a new incarnation of the franchise; the series begins with Bauer working for the Los Angeles–based Counter Terrorist Unit, in which he is a proficient agent with an "ends justify the means" approach, regardless of the perceived morality of some of his actions.
Throughout the series most of the main plot elements unfold like a political thriller. A typical plot has Bauer racing against the clock as he attempts to thwart multiple terrorist plots, including presidential assassination attempts, weapons of mass destruction detonations, cyber attacks, as well as conspiracies that deal with government and corporate corruption. 24 won numerous awards over its eight seasons, including Best Drama Series at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards and Outstanding Drama Series at the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards. At the conclusion of its eighth season, 24 became the longest-running U. S. espionage/counterterrorism-themed television drama surpassing both Mission: Impossible and The Avengers. 24 is a serial drama that stars Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, focusing on the efforts of the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit to protect America from terrorism plots. The episodes take place over the course of one hour, in real time. To emphasize the real-world flow of events, a clock is prominently displayed on-screen during the show, there is a regular use of split screens, a technique used to depict multiple scenes occurring at the same time.
Each episode follows Bauer, officials in the U. S. government, the conspirators behind the events of the day simultaneously. 24 is known for employing plot twists which may arise as antagonists adapt, objectives evolve or larger-scale operations unfold. Stories involve interpersonal drama, delving into the private lives of the characters; as part of a recurring theme, characters are confronted with ethical dilemmas. Examples of this are a bombing in Season 2, which can only be prevented by blowing Bauer's cover, an ultimatum in Season 3, in which a terrorist agrees not to carry out an attack if a high-ranking CTU official is killed. Season 4 is notable for a scene in which two men — one of whom possesses crucial information — are dying in a room with only one surgeon. Season 1 begins at midnight on the day of the California presidential primary. Jack Bauer's protocol is to protect Senator David Palmer from an assassination plot and rescue his own family from those responsible, who seek retribution for Jack and Palmer's involvement with a covert American mission in the Balkans.
Season 2, set 18 months begins at 8:00 a.m. Jack must stop a nuclear bomb from detonating in Los Angeles assist President David Palmer in proving, responsible for the threat and avoid war between the U. S. and three Middle Eastern countries. Season 3, set three years begins at 1:00 p.m. Jack must infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel to seize a deadly virus being marketed underground. President Palmer must deal with a potential scandal. Season 4, set 18 months begins at 7:00 a.m. Jack must save the lives of his new boss, Secretary of Defense James Heller, Heller's daughter Audrey Raines when they are kidnapped by terrorists. However, Habib Marwan uses this as a disguise to launch further attacks against America, Jack is forced to use unorthodox methods to stop him, which results in long-term consequences for both Jack and the United States. Season 5, set 18 months after, begins at 7:00 a.m. Jack is believed to be dead by everyone except a few of his closest friends, he is forced to resurface when some of those friends are murdered and he is framed by terrorists with connections to the American government.
The acquisition of nerve gas by the terrorists poses a new threat, Jack discovers an insidious conspiracy while trying to stop those responsible. Season 6, set 20 months begins at 6:00 a.m. Jack is released after being detained in a Chinese prison following the events of Season 5. Terrorists who hold a vendetta against Jack plot to set off suitcase nuclear devices in America. Jack is forced to choose between those he loves and national security when the Chinese set their sights on sensitive circuitry that could trigger a war between the U. S. and Russia. Redemption, set three-and-a-half years begins at 3:00 p.m. Jack finds. Militants are being provided assistance from officials within the United States, where Allison Taylor is being sworn into office as President. Due to the 2007–08 Writers' Strike, season seven was delayed one year. To bridge the one-and-a-half-year gap between seasons, Redemption was produced; this television film aired on November 23, 2008. Season 7, set 65 days after the end of Redemption, begins at 8:00 a.m.
Jack is assisted by the FBI and covert operatives when the firewall for America's federal computer infrastructure is breached by the same people responsible for a con
Eli Stone is an American legal comedy-drama TV series, named for its title character. The series was created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who served as executive producers alongside Ken Olin who directed the pilot, with Melissa Berman producing; the series aired on ABC from January 31, 2008 to July 11, 2009, for two seasons. The series follows Stone, a San Francisco lawyer who begins to have hallucinations which leads him to two possible conclusions: a fatal brain aneurysm, or the chance that something greater is at work, his visions lead him to accept cases with little monetary gain but a lot of moral goodness. Other such events occur throughout the course of the series, but the series was cancelled before reaching a coherent conclusion; the series has been met with favorable reviews from critics, both seasons have been released on DVD. Greg Berlanti, who co-wrote the show with Marc Guggenheim, described Eli Stone in Variety as "a Field of Dreams-type drama set in a law firm where a thirty-something attorney, whose name is the title of the show, begins having larger-than-life visions that compel him to do out-of-the-ordinary things".
Eli suffers from an inoperable brain aneurysm that causes him to have realistic hallucinations relating to the plot of the episode to the extent that he may be considered a modern-day prophet. Pop singer George Michael was featured prominently throughout the first season of the series, each episode was named after one of his songs. Berlanti made an effort to have him appear on the show; as luck would have it, Michael claimed he was a "TV junkie". This led to the singer agreeing to do several episodes, including one in which Stone represents him in the case of a teen girl who plays the song "I Want Your Sex" in protest of an abstinence-only sex education program in her school; the show's legal setting, mixture of comedy and drama, use of fantasy sequences has drawn comparisons to the series Ally McBeal from some critics. Produced by ABC Studios, After Portsmouth and Berlanti Television, the series was greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007, it aired as a mid-season replacement in 2008.
Eli Stone premiered on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 10:00 Eastern/9:00 Central, following the return of Lost. On May 13, 2008, ABC announced that the show had been renewed for the 2008–09 season. Moreover, in Canada, CTVglobemedia announced that they would send down the series to CTV's relaunched "A" television system for the 2008–2009 season. Season 2 premiered on Tuesday, October 14 at 10:00 Eastern/9:00 Central. On November 20, 2008, however, ABC told the show's producers that it had opted not to order any new episodes, signaling that the series would be cancelled once all the episodes were aired; the last scheduled episode of Eli Stone aired on December 30, 2008. The final four episodes of the series aired on Saturdays at 10:00 Eastern/9:00 Central on ABC starting Saturday, June 20, 2009; the final episode, "Flight Path", aired on July 11, 2009. The unaired episodes, starting with "Sonoma", were broadcast in Ireland by RTÉ starting on March 13, 2009; the British Sci-Fi channel aired the final four episodes starting on March 16, 2009.
The episode aired in Israel's Yes Stars Drama/HD channel and German TV channel Pro7 starting on March 31, 2009. In Australia, the Seven Network aired the final four episodes in the month of April, on Tuesdays at 22:30. Jonny Lee Miller as Eli Stone, a successful attorney in San Francisco, diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm, causing hallucinations; the hallucinations cause Eli to become alienated from his peers and soon his life takes a detour. Despite the fact that he is not religious, he interprets his hallucinations as signs, helping people in accepting lawsuits in hopes of bettering their lives. Young Eli is played by Justin Lieberman. Natasha Henstridge as Taylor Wethersby, Eli's ex-fiancee, an attorney, she worked in another company, joins Eli's firm after they broke up. Although taken aback by Eli's episodes of hallucinations, she is determined to help him by any means, she is the daughter of the head of Wethersby, Posner & Klein. Loretta Devine as Eli's helpful and bossy assistant.
She considers Eli as a dear friend of hers and she is always blatantly honest to Eli. Matt Letscher as Dr. Nathan Stone, Eli's caring, elder brother, a doctor, he is the one, skeptical about his visions. Nathan dated Beth, a girl who Eli lost his virginity to in college, after Eli introduced both of them to each other at his engagement party. Sam Jaeger as Matt Dowd, Eli's co-worker and rival in the law firm, he is described as sarcastic and having a frat-boy personality. He is dating Taylor Wethersby and they are going to have a baby. James Saito as Dr. Chen, an acupuncturist who explains Eli's conditions as a prophetic message, he helps Eli to analyze the visions Eli advises Eli to pursue them. He studied acupuncture in Beijing as well as holistic medicine, it is revealed that he is not a Chinese immigrant, the "Dr. Chen" is an act so he will be taken because "No one trusts an acupuncturist from New Jersey", he once worked for Eli's father, who told him once that he would repay a favor by helping his son someday.
Julie Gonzalo as Maggie Dekker, a junior attorney, ambitious and enthusiastic to her work. Much to Eli's dismay, she assists him in his cases in hopes of