What 'Eli Stone' Is About:
Eli Stone is a successful San Francisco lawyer whose life takes an abrupt change when he starts seeing and hearing things that aren't there, starting with pop star George Michael performing in his living room. After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm, Eli realizes his father's unreliability must have been due to the same cause. Meanwhile his acupuncturist suggests that maybe his visions have a larger purpose -- that Eli might in fact be the modern version of a prophet. Eli resolves to see if the visions guide him toward being a better person, and comes to embrace his role as a messenger.
Status of 'Eli Stone':
is currently not in production. It aired for 2 seasons, from Jan 1, 2008 to Jul 7, 2009. Network: ABC. For current showtimes see Show Listings
Eli Stone was created by Greg Berlanti, who wrote The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) and was the main force behind Everwood, and Marc Guggenheim, a writer and story editor on Law and Order and Jack and Bobby. Ken Olin, the other executive producer, worked with both creators on Brothers and Sisters.
Key 'Eli Stone' Characters:
Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Eli, is an effortlessly engaging actor until now better known in his native Britain, where he's guested on major series from EastEnders to Cadfael; his stint on Eli Stone comes right after working on the failed drama Smith. The obligatory role of the sassy black assistant is here provided by Loretta Devine, who was Richard Webber's long-suffering wife on Grey's Anatomy. James Saito, as "Dr. Chen, " makes a great unflappable sensei/confidant and gets some of the best lines. And then there's George Michael, who's ... well, he's George Michael.
Flavor of 'Eli Stone':
While it's not exactly atheist-friendly, the first season at least of Eli Stone isn't about the mission from God in a Touched by an Angel sense; it's a lot closer to Journeyman in having strange things happen to Eli, forcing him to integrate and interpret them. The second season approaches Eli's connection with God more directly, abandoning most of the ambiguity.
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