Life (Tv Series) 2007

Life is a US television program created by Rand Ravich. The program airs on NBC, is produced by Universal Media Studios under the supervision of executive producers Rand Ravich, Far Shariat, David Semel, and Daniel Sackheim. Semel also directed the pilot.

Life premiered on September 26, 2007 on NBC and aired on Wednesday nights at 10 EST. The series stars Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews, a detective who was recently released from prison after serving twelve years for a crime he did not commit. NBC issued an order for a minimum of three additional episodes, on top of the original order for seven, the day “Let Her Go” aired, October 10, 2007. On November 26 NBC announced that Life had received a full season. However, due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike only 11 of the 22 episodes were completed. After the strike ended on February 13, 2008, NBC announced that Life had been picked up for a second season and would return for the Fall 2008/09 season on Friday nights at 10/9c. NBC decided not to film any more episodes for the 2007-08 season. The network released the first episode of season two, a week before its air date, online and via cable on demand. The show is also broadcast on VOX in Germany, AXN/Tele5 in Spain, TV2 in Hungary, TV3+ in Denmark, RTL 5 in The Netherlands, Network Ten in Australia, ITV3/FX in the United Kingdom, Global, Showcase in Canada, italia 1 and Joi in Italy, TV3 in New Zealand, yes stars Action in Israel, TV3 in Norway , M-Net in South Africa, AXN in Portugal, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Star World in India, TVB Pearl in Hong Kong, VT4 in Belgium, MTV3 in Finland, TVP2 in Poland, TF1 in France and ORF in Austria. On November 7 2008, NBC picked up Life for a full season.

Plot synopsis
First Season
Life centers around Detective Charlie Crews, who at the start of the first season (set in 2007) is released from Pelican Bay State Prison after serving twelve years of a life sentence. In 1995 he was wrongfully convicted of the triple murder of his business partner, Tom Seyboldt, and all but one of the partner’s immediate family. Thanks to the efforts of his lawyer Constance Griffiths, DNA evidence exonerates him of the murders. Having lost his job, his wife, his friends, nearly all contact with the outside world and even his grip on reality for a time while in jail, he emerges enlightened by the philosophy of Zen, a fixation with fresh fruit and an obsession with solving the murder that nearly cost him his life and exposing the conspiracy that framed him for it. After successfully suing the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD, he is reinstated to the police department and receives an undisclosed but substantial monetary settlement. (Several hints throughout the series indicate that the amount was 50 million dollars) Crews is partnered with Detective Dani Reese, previously an undercover narcotics agent and now a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. Crews is not well-received by Lieutenant Karen Davis, who, during the season, tries to force Reese into offering information that will see Crews suspended and eventually fired. Even though she herself is uncomfortable with her new partner, Reese backs Crews up on numerous occasions, and the two slowly develop a bond. The overarching story of the first season concerns the murder for which Crews was wrongfully imprisoned, which leads him to confront various figures from his past such as his former partner, his ex-wife, and the detective that solved the case. Near the end of the season, Crews manages to uncover information that implicates Reese’s father (also a retired cop and Lt. Davis’s former partner) in the murder. In the finale, Crews is able to bring the true killer, Kyle Hollis, to justice, but he remains unaware of the reasons behind his having been framed.

Second Season
The second season premiered on Monday, September 29, 2008. On July 21 2008, producers announced the second season would effectively re-launch the series with a new “pilot” episode. Earlier in March 2008, series creator and executive producer Rand Ravich explained that the second season will delve deeper into the conspiracy in the framing of Charlie Crews. Similarly, more of Dani Reese’s past will be revealed. Crews continues to investigate into the conspiracy to frame him and begins tracking some retired cops. He tracks down Rachel Seyboldt, the surviving member of his business partner’s family, and she moves in with him. Reese begins a relationship with the new captain after her father disappears. Ted starts teaching at a business school. Crews eventually learns that he had been groomed since the police academy to eventually replace an aging crime lord. The intent was to corrupt Crews’ friend Tom Seyboldt, who owned a bar with Crews, and that by corrupting one business partner, they would also corrupt Crews. However, mistakes were made, and the Seyboldts were inadvertantly murdered, and Crews framed for the crime. The second season concludes with Crews killing Roman Nevikov, who had wanted to replace Crews as the succeeding boss.
The series was created by Rand Ravich, who also serves as executive producer alongside Far Shariat, David Semel, and Daniel Sackheim for Universal Media Studios. Semel also directed the pilot. Rafael Alvarez (The Wire) is a writer and producer for the show. Alvarez also wrote a pilot called Panic in Detroit for NBC. Based on this piece they hired him to work on Life as a writer and producer. After the first season and the writers’ strike was over, half of the writing staff of the show (originally made of 6 writers), who were all also producers, decided to quit and won’t be returning for season 2, though according to creator/showrunner Rand Ravich, it wasn’t either due to the strike or over creative disagreement: “I just think people went on to do what they want to.” One of the writers, Glen Mazzara, has moved on to a new series, Crash, starring Dennis Hopper, where he’ll serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner.
Series Cast
* Damian Lewis – Charlie Crews (32 episodes, 2007-2009)
* Adam Arkin – Ted Earley (32 episodes, 2007-2009)
* Sarah Shahi – Dani Reese (31 episodes, 2007-2009)
* Brent Sexton – Robert Stark (27 episodes, 2007-2009)
* Donal Logue – Captain Tidwell (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
* Brooke Langton – Constance Griffiths (11 episodes, 2007-2008)
* Robin Weigert – Lt. Karen Davis (11 episodes, 2007-2008)
* Jennifer Siebel Newsom – Jennifer Conover (10 episodes, 2007-2008)
* Victor Rivers – Jack Reese (9 episodes, 2007-2008)
* Jessy Schram – Rachel Seybolt (8 episodes, 2007-2009)

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