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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of CBS' 'Person of Interest,' 'Unforgettable,' 'A Gifted Man' [Video]

May 19, 2011 | 12:56 pm

CBS unveiled its fall schedule Wednesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing three new dramas: crime series "Person of Interest" from J.J. Abrams and "Unforgettable," and a medical show with supernatural overtones called "A Gifted Man."

"Person of Interest" reunites "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams with one of the mysterious-island show's stars, Michael Emerson. The crime thriller, also starring Jim Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson, centers on an elite former CIA agent who teams with a shadowy billionaire to prevent violent crime before it happens. The well-capitalized vigilantes work outside the criminal-justice system but forge an advantageous link to the NYPD. Among the creative executives on the show with Abrams: "Lost" alum Bryan Burk and Oscar nominee Jonathan Nolan ("Memento," "The Dark Knight").

 

In "Unforgettable," formerly known by an even worse name for a crime show, "The Rememberer," Poppy Montgomery plays a former police detective with an uncanny ability to, well, remember stuff. It's actually described as a "rare condition" in the show's bible, but if you ask us, it must be fantastic to never lose the car keys.

What sticks in the mind of Montgomery's Carrie Wells is "every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak." Everything, that is, except details of her sister's now-cold murder case. She reunites with a former love, returns to solving crimes and sets about finding her sister's murderer.

The drama, which will air Tuesday nights after a double dose of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles," also stars Dylan Walsh ("Nip/Tuck"), Michael Gaston ("Inception") and Kevin Rankin ("Trauma").

 

"A Gifted Man," leading off Friday nights this fall, continues in the network's "Ghost Whisperer" vein with a medical drama about a gifted surgeon whose ex-wife speaks to him from the dead. And when she does, the charismatic doctor to the rich, Michael Holt, played by Patrick Wilson, changes his approach to medicine.

Jennifer Ehle stars as the idealistic (dearly departed) free-clinic doctor who encourages Holt to take over her urban facility for the underprivileged. Julie Benz ("Dexter") and Margo Martindale ("Justified") also star in the show from Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich") and Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs").

 

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-- T.L. Stanley

 

 

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