Ioan Gruffudd, formerly known as Mr Fantastic, is an immoral medical examiner with an English accent in the ABC series Forever.
I sat there watching the first episode thinking about the exec meeting that took place prior to the series getting a green light. Imagine the scene, it is the ABC executive board room, the walls are lined with framed posters of Lost, now a long forgotten memory of success, Supernanny and Ugly Betty, only barely hanging onto the wall after crashing and burning. A Nashville poster takes a central place, the whole network holding onto the vainest of hopes after only just renewing the twenty-something country and western musical drama. And then there is The Neighbors. Did I get that right? The Neighbors? People watch that? Sorry, I dunno.
The file into the room. Seriously suited execs. The spectre of Disney bearing over them, threatening to absorb them into the happy smiling wonderland of Disney productions. The meeting starts:
Exec 1: So what’s big?
Exec 2: Vampires are always good.
Exec 1: Been done.
Exec 3: Sherlock Holmes is doing well.
Exec 1: We’ll spend years in court getting rights to the name.
Exec 2: People like buddie cop shows.
Exec 1: Done to death.
Exec 3: Unbreakable was a good film. How about a film to TV series transition?
Exec 1: Too many film to TV shows. Did anyone actually watch Dusk till Dawn?
Exec 2: Couldn’t we restart the Highlander TV show?
Exec 1: Copyrighted.
Exec 4: I know, let’s put them altogether. We could have an immortal man who solves crimes with a genius IQ he has cultivated over hundreds of years and after getting involved with a police detective is contacted by a man who is also immortal who causes disasters to find other immortals.
Exec 1: Genius. The rest of you are fired.
Exec 2: Hey anyone know anything about Captain Scarlet?
Exec 3: No idea, why?
Exec 2: Ah nothing. My kid was talking about it.
Exec 3: I was looking forward to watching something called New Amsterdam.