Eli Stone - Hot New Drama Premieres on CTV - Thursday January 31

Can a Ruthless Lawyer Become a Modern-Day Prophet? Find Out in Hot New Drama Eli Stone, Premiering 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, ON (January 22, 2008) – 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.”

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 fiancé, 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.

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