One of the new Our Kind of Series coming our way this fall, and in fact premiering one week from today, on Tuesday, September 23 (with a same-episode preview the night before), is Forever, starring Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced yo-on griffith, if you’d like to sound clever when discussing him with friends), whom we all know as Dr. Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic from 2005’s Fantastic Four.
Forever is a fun show, similar in many ways to Elementary, though neither Gruffudd’s or co-star Alana De La Garza‘s characters are particularly prickly; it’s a solid “B,” and entertaining. Check out the trailer and the full synopsis that follows, then check it out during the sneak peek on Monday at 10/9c, and/or during its time period premiere on Tuesday at 10/9c, on ABC.
Update: Unfortunately, ABC decided to air a different episode on its timeslot premiere Tuesday, but didn’t loudly proclaim the change; apologies if you missed the second episode. You should be able to pick it up On Demand.
Trailer: Forever – Premieres Sept 23
What if you could be immortal and live forever? Would you find it a blessing or a curse? Meet Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner who has an unusual secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases – he is trying to solve a mystery that has eluded him for over 200 years: his own inexplicable immortality. Henry’s exciting, adventurous and intriguing long life has blessed him with amazing insight and observational skills, which not only impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful extraordinary past, on ABC‘s new drama, “Forever.”
Henry and Jo combine to make a powerful crime fighting team. Henry, with his charming wit, charisma and an eerie knowledge not just of police procedure but the whole culture, finds an apt collaborator in Jo. Her personal history thrust her into law enforcement, making her an outstanding cop who can connect with the criminal mentality. They both are hiding pieces of their lives and both have lost a great love, albeit Henry’s stretches back some years. Henry met his beloved Abigail during World War II. On the other hand, Jo lost her husband a year-and-a-half ago. She finds a sympathetic ear in Henry, but his “Sherlockian” perception and his straight forward, no nonsense approach to people both fascinates and frustrates her. How does this man know so much? Will she discover who the real Henry is?
However, Abe (Judd Hirsch) is Henry’s best and only friend. He also is the only one who knows Henry’s secret and the two men share an unconventional bond. A romantic at heart, Abe is the more optimistic of the two. However, even though he has an active social life, something is keeping him from getting serious with any woman.
As Henry soon discovers, someone else knows his secret. He may not be the only “immortal” out there. It’s just part of the captivating mystery surrounding Henry’s strange circumstances and his long search to uncover the cause of his condition and escape.
“Forever” stars Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four“) as Dr. Henry Morgan, Judd Hirsch (“Taxi,” “Damages,” “Maron“) as Abe, Alana De La Garza (“Law & Order“) as Detective Jo Martinez, Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black“) as Lt. Joanne Reece, Donnie Keshawarz (“Homeland,” “The Wolf of Wall Street“) as Detective Hanson and Joel David Moore (“Bones,” “Avatar“) as Lucas.
“Forever” was created by Matt Miller (“Chuck,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Human Target“). Miller, Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Gangster Squad“) & Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars,” “Cupid,” “Party Down“) are executive producers. The pilot was written by Miller and directed by Brad Anderson, who was also an executive producer. “Forever” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC‘s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound.
Forever, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Judd Hirsh, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, and Joel David Moore, premieres with a sneak peek on Monday, September 22 at 10/9c before premiering in its regular timeslot on Tuesday, September 23 at 10/9c, on ABC.