Disclosure- I have been provided an advanced copy of ABC’s “Forever” to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% my own.
One of my favorite new shows this season is ABC’s Forever which stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Alana De La Garza as Det. Jo Martinez, Barbara Eve Harris as Lt. Marcia Roark, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson, Joel David Moore as Lucas Wahl, and Judd Hirsch as Abe. It reminds me of another favorite ABC show of mine, Castle. Like Castle, Forever is a crime show where a detective teams up with a non-detective. In Forever, Detective Jo Martinez,(Alana De La Garza) calls upon Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, to help her with her cases. But Dr. Morgan has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. That’s right, Dr. Henry Morgan is immortal. But this isn’t a story about a vampire or anything like that. Dr. Morgan dies but comes right back.
As flashbacks show, Henry has been around several centuries. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Martinez, but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past.
Henry and Jo 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?
Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret. The two men share an unconventional bond. Abe is a romantic at heart and more optimistic of the two. 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 was written and executive-produced by Matt Miller (Chuck, Las Vegas). Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars, Cupid, Party Down) are executive producers. Forever was directed by Brad Anderson and is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
Learn more about ABC’s “Forever”.
Sexy, isn’t he? 🙂
Here are some pictures from this week’s episode.
FOREVER – “The Ecstasy of the Agony” – Henry and Jo discover there is a fine line between pleasure and pain when the death of a successful businessman and devoted husband points to a form of ritualized punishment. Henry learns it may be all a question of trust. The man’s “domination therapist” comes under scrutiny as a murder suspect, who also wants to help Henry work through his own issues. Flashbacks reveal Henry’s emotional story of betrayal after he shares his secret with his first wife, Nora. Meanwhile, Abe is flabbergasted when the object of his intense passion –Maureen Delacroix — his two-time ex-wife, reappears with a tempting offer, on “Forever,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Get the kids in bed and settle in for this tantalizing episode of Forever. This episode explores the fine line between pleasure and pain. It reveals a little more of Henry’s story and his marriage to his first wife, Nora. We also get to see the rekindling of Abe and his ex-wife. It’s nice to see Abe with a woman since he usually keeps his distance from starting a serious relationship with women to protect Henry’s secret. This episode doesn’t disappoint. Let me know what you think of it.