Hot New Drama Eli Stone Premieres Jan. 31 on CTV



    
       - Buzzed-about drama debut follows return of hit series Lost -

           - Canadian Tom Cavanaugh guest-stars as Mr. Stone in the
                             premiere episode -
    

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - A series of hallucinations has a high-priced
attorney answering a higher calling in the new drama series Eli Stone.
Starring Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Smith), the buzz-worthy drama joins
CTV's stellar midseason schedule on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. ET following
the season premiere of Lost (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
Exploring the balance between business and belief, Eli Stone co-stars
Canadians Victor Garber (Alias) and Natasha Henstridge (Would Be Kings, The
Whole Nine Yards), with a special appearance by Ottawa's Tom Cavanagh (Ed) in
the premiere episode. Can a ruthless shark become modern-day prophet? As
George Michael sings in a cameo appearance, "you gotta have faith."

    (xx)Media Note(xx) Download photos from Eli Stone at ctvmedia.ca

    From Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money, Brothers & Sisters) and Marc
Guggenheim (Law & Order, Brothers & Sisters, The Practice) comes a story about
a lawyer who finds himself at a crossroads in life, caught between the man he
has become and the man he wants to be. Eli Stone (Miller) is an ambitious,
cutthroat lawyer at a top law firm in San Francisco, who has made a successful
career of screwing over the little guy. But a series of visions has Eli
searching for a larger meaning in life while struggling to balance his job,
fiancée Taylor (Henstridge) and what he thinks could be a divine calling. The
hallucinations turn out to be an inoperable brain aneurysm, but Eli wonders if
he might just be an inspired visionary.

    "Eli Stone is a divine new addition to our schedule," said Susanne Boyce,
President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Lighthearted and
surprising, it's an unconventional drama with broad appeal. Jonny Lee Miller
is a stand-out as the title character."

    The debut episode, directed by Ken Olin (thirtysomething), finds Eli
struggling to cope with his diagnosis, as he looks to Dr. Chen (James Saito, I
Think I Love My Wife), a Chinese acupuncturist who believes Eli's visions are
prophetic. While Eli is skeptical of being a prophet, he recalls the words of
his late father, "You're meant to do great things... speak inspired words...
you're going to help people." Eli redefines his outlook on life and his role
as a lawyer, beginning with a case in which he represents an old acquaintance
against one of his firm's most important clients. Despite opposition from his
imposing boss and future father-in-law, Jordan Wethersby (Garber) and his
fiancée, Eli chooses to stay the course.

    The highly-anticipated drama also stars Loretta Devine (Grey's Anatomy),
Sam Jaeger (Notes From The Underbelly), Matt Letsher (The New Adventures of
Old Christine) and Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars). Marc Guggenheim (Law &
Order) and Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money, Everwood) are co-creators and
executive producers.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5325 or
arinaldo@ctv.ca


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