Believe (TV series)

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Believe
NBC-Believe-logo.jpg
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) Steven Price
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) New York City[1]
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) – present
External links
Official website

Believe is an American science fiction/fantasy/adventure television series that is broadcasting as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule on NBC as a mid-season entry.[2] The series was created by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and Markus Friedman. The pilot episode aired March 10, 2014 before premiering in its regular time slot on Sunday, March 16.[3]

Premise[edit]

Bo is a young girl who was born with special abilities that she cannot control, and as they start evolving, the people who are protecting her must turn to an outsider. This leads them to William Tate, a wrongfully convicted death-row inmate, whom they break out of prison. Although he is reluctant to take on the role as her protector, the two eventually form a bond that will guide them to helping each other, as well as others, while staying one step ahead of the evil forces that want the girl.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Johnny Sequoyah as Bo Adams: An extraordinarily gifted girl with the power to change the world. She was one of Winter's most promising subjects, born and raised at Orchestra and displayed extraordinary psychic and telekinetic powers inherited from her mother, Nina. To the government, Bo's existence is highly classified government property and is officially a national defense priority. Bo herself is regarded as a ward of the US government with no family. Winter is the only person Bo knows she can trust, and also she considers his team the closest thing to a family she has, but she steadily develops a bond with Tate after he repeatedly risks his life and freedom for her. It is currently unknown if she knows that Tate is her father.
  • Jake McLaughlin as William Tate, Jr.: Originally a death row inmate in an national security prison, Tate is weathered and jaded from years of imprisonment, and has anger problems - leading to a long history of violence and brushes with the law. Minutes before his execution for two counts of felony murder is scheduled (of which he claims he is innocent, something no one ever believed, having been framed by his friends during a robbery), Winter (disguised as a priest) visits him and he is offered a chance at freedom if he agrees to protect Bo. Tate reluctantly agrees to accept Winter's assistance, and later his employment offer as Bo's protector. Originally he is unaware that he is actually Bo's father (a fact known by Winter's team, the Orchestra Project and the FBI), but Winter later tells him - while the news sounds unbelievable, he senses he somehow knew all along.
  • Delroy Lindo as Dr. Milton Winter: A cunning and brilliant scientist and the leader of a shadow organization responsible for protecting individuals with rare and incredible powers. He is Skouras's old partner, now mortal enemy. He is dedicated to protecting Bo from Skouras and the army of henchmen he employs. Originally Winter and his team used to work at the Orchestra Project beside Skouras, and Winter raised Bo in the facility from infancy. At some point in the process, Winter and his entire team defected from Orchestra, took Bo, and went on the run. Winter also faked his death, working from that point to protect Bo. According to his background, he worked at DARPA and MIT, and was a CIA field agent psychologist - Skouras describes Winter as "the global authority on the conscious and unconscious mind".
  • Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Roman Skouras: A geneticist who runs the top secret Orchestra Project institution. He is Winter's old partner, now mortal enemy (although it is implied there is still respect between the ex-partners, and Skouras confided in Boyle he misses him). He is admired by many people for his work, and is a publicly awarded humanitarian, although others know he only cares about his own ideas and doing anything to achieve them. Skouras is a very powerful man working in cooperation with elements of the US government to locate Tate and recover Bo unharmed. He subsequently employs assassins, hires mercenaries and uses every resource at his command to recover the gifted prodigy and return her home to Orchestra. He claims he is only acting to protect Bo and offer proper guidance as a gifted telekinetic and psychic, but in truth he wants to market Bo's abilities as a weapon to the military. His nefarious schemes cost him his partnership with Winter who, with his team, broke ranks and fled with Bo, as Skouras's goals would endanger her. Skouras's erratic behavior and questionable experimentation methods lead his other researchers to doubt his intentions, but improvements in his other telepathic subjects, which he uses to further his objectives for Bo.
  • Jamie Chung as Janice Channing: Winter's second in command and an Orchestra fugitive. Dedicated and hard-working, she is devoted to protecting Bo. She has doubts about Tate's loyalty and feels the arrangement is never going to work; she believes she would be better at protecting Bo.

Recurring[edit]

  • Juri Henley-Cohn as Luke Hayden: One of Winter's team and an Orchestra fugitive. Hayden later becomes disillusioned with the mission to protect Bo after the deaths of four of the ten team members, and ultimately feels he could not make the necessary sacrifices. He abandons the team, and is arrested by the FBI shortly after. Ferrell turns Hayden to apparently give up Winter's command center in New York, only for Ferrell's team to find it deserted.
  • Katie McClellan as Lila Leeds: One of Winter's team and an Orchestra fugitive.
  • Richard Hollis as Robert Gilman: One of Winter's team and an Orchestra fugitive.
  • Trieste Kelly Dunn as FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Ferrell: The FBI agent in charge of full-fledged manhunt launched to recapture escaped death row inmate William Tate, Ferrell is solicited by the Director of the FBI to help and work with Skouras and Orchestra to track down Tate and Bo. Skouras emphasizes repeatedly that Bo is his top priority, assuring her that Bo's safety is his main concern, but she can tell he's not being entirely honest with her. Ferrell issues a nationwide Amber Alert, broadcasting photos of Bo and Tate on every news channel over Skouras's repeated objections. Originally adopting traditional FBI methods to apprehend Tate, whom she sees as a very dangerous fugitive, and "rescue" Bo, whom she sees as an endangered minor, Ferrell steadily begins to understand what Bo is capable of, and also begins realizing there is more behind the manhunt than originally assumed. According to her background, she has a young daughter named Sasha.
  • Matthew Rauch as FBI Agent Martin: One of Ferrell's two best agents.
  • Ato Essandoh as FBI Agent Garner: One of Ferrell's two best agents.
  • Peter McRobbie as FBI Director Lofton: The Director of the FBI and Ferrell's superior. He is also in league with Skouras and Orchestra. He gives Ferrell permission to use federal orders and other ample resources for the investigation.
  • Arian Moayed as Corey: Orchestra's technology specialist.
  • Kerry Condon as Dr. Zoe Boyle: Orchestra's head researcher and Winter's replacement, Zoe is Skouras's loyal confidant at Orchestra, who runs the research program following Winter's departure - working to continue experiments with the other talented telepaths at the facility. Zoe also cares deeply about Bo, seeing her as one of a kind - she is aware, with Skouras and Winter, that Winter took Bo as the military would use her as a weapon, as well as the possibility Bo's health could degrade due to her abilities. Zoe isn't comfortable with Skouras's excessive experimentation methods, but is in no position to challenge his authority, although she later acts as an inside source to a journalist in an effort to expose Orchestra.
  • Owen Campbell as Shawn: An Orchestra Project test subject, Shawn is the project's third most promising telepath (after Bo and Joshua respectively). He has suffered severe behavioral and emotional problems due to his ability, although Orchestra has worked hard to harness his gifts. He becomes an active telepathic assassin by reluctantly agreeing to kill Joshua, and take over his field assignment - to track down Bo.
  • Rob Morgan as Joshua Carpenter: An Orchestra Project test subject, Joshua is the project's second most promising telepath (after Bo), capable of matter manipulation, who has been with Orchestra almost three years, and is one of Skouras's most talented subjects. His experimentation has left him a fully weaponized active telepathic assassin - Skouras sends his new weapon on a field assignment - to track down Bo. During the confrontation, however, Bo leaves him incapacitated. In a coma, Skouras encourages Shawn, another subject, to "help" Joshua by putting him out of his misery. Shawn reluctantly agrees to kill his friend at Skouras' request.

Development and production[edit]

The series first appeared as part of NBC's development slate in September 2012.[4] In January 2013, NBC green-lit production of a pilot episode.[5] On May 12, 2013, the series was placed on the network's 2013–14 schedule, where it was expected to debut after the 2014 Winter Olympics.[6]

On July 17, 2013, co-creator and executive producer Mark Friedman departed the series. Cuarón stayed on board as executive producer alongside J. J. Abrams. Friedman was ultimately succeeded by Dave Erickson.[7] A few months later, in December, Erickson also stepped down as executive producer/showrunner and was replaced by Jonas Pate, who was serving as a co-executive producer and series director. Pate now runs the day-to-day production of the series along with Hans Tobeason, who serves as "on-set" producer in New York, where filming takes place. To allow a smoother transition for the new showrunners and accommodate script re-writes, production went on hiatus from December 20 to January 6, 2014.[1]

Casting[edit]

McLaughlin (Tate) was the first regular to be cast in February 2013,[8] followed by Lindo (Winter),[9] Sienna Guillory, Chung (Channing) and 10-year-old newcomer Sequoyah (Bo).[10] MacLachlan was added in March 2013[11] as was Arian Moayed.[12] In June 2013, Guillory was dropped from the series after the pilot, with producers choosing not to continue with her character, professional hit-woman Moore, going forward.[13] Moayed, whose character Corey was originally conceived to be Moore's right-hand man,[14] was quietly dropped as a series regular after the second episode.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01) TBA TBA TBA

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" Alfonso Cuarón Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Friedman March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) 10.56[15]
Bo and her foster parents are forced off the road. The assassin proceeds to kill the foster parents, but before the assassin could kidnap Bo, other people are on scene and Bo is taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, a man named Billy Tate is about to be executed for murder, which he claims he was framed for. However, a man named Winter and his team helps him escape and assign him to get Bo out of the hospital. He gets Bo to a safe house when she is reunited with Winter and Channing. Unfortunately the assassin finds the safe house leading Bo, Tate, Winter and Channing to escape the safe house after Bo uses her powers. 
2 "Beginner's Luck" Omar Madha Jonas Pate & Bobby Arnot March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 6.57[16]
Bo and Tate wake up on the bus in Atlantic City. Tate, low on cash, convinces Bo to use her powers to gamble and earn money at a nearby casino. Meanwhile, Skouras decides to recruit an FBI agent to kidnap Bo and reveals that she has powers but not why he needs her. A photo of Bo and Tate at the casino goes up online, with an AMBER Alert for Bo. She and Tate steal a car and stop for gas. One of Skouras's men attempts to kidnap Bo again, but fails, blowing up the gas station in the process. After a flat tire, they are cornered by the police, and Tate is arrested, while Bo is taken away in another car. Skouras, with cameras nearby, sees the arrangement and has everyone make sure that Tate was taken into custody and that they have the girl. It is later revealed that the policemen were working for Winter. On their way out of town, Bo comes across a financially desperate family due to their only child's illness.In good faith, Bo gives the mother and child a wad of money. 
3 "Origin" Stephen Williams Jonas Pate March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) 5.13[17]
Bo and Tate get trapped in Manhattan, and meet a very wealthy woman, who is still mourning the loss of her son from decades ago. The FBI figures out they are in New York when security footage shows them exiting a toll booth in Manhattan. Meanwhile, Winter goes through flashbacks about his time with Bo's mother at Project Orchestra. 
4 "Defection" Sam Hill Nick Antosca March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) 4.89[18]
Bo and Tate go out on a limb to find the author of a love letter that has been lost for a long time at the former's insistance. As this unfolds, Agent Ferrell assisted by Skouras, intensify their attempts to bring Tate and Bo into custody. 
5 "White Noise" Jonas Pate Dave Erickson April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) 4.25[19]
Skouras decides to step up efforts to capture Bo, deploying a weaponized telepath named Joshua to track down and incapacitate her protectors and capture her. 
6 "Sinking" Roxann Dawson Seamus Kevin Fahey April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) 4.34[20]
Deciding enough is enough, Tate abandons Bo and Winter to return to his hometown in an effort to both clear his name and get revenge on his former friend who framed him for murder. This proves to be troublesome when someone calls in Tate's presence to the police and they lock off the entire town after he gets spotted at a local bar. After Tate finally comes to terms with his past, Winter then decides to tell Tate the truth: Bo is Tate's daughter. This leaves Tate in a state of shock, nearly bringing him to tears. Meanwhile, Skouras readies a new telepath for deployment. 
7 "Bang and Blame"[21] TBA TBA April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20) TBA
8 "Together"[22] TBA TBA April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) TBA
9 "Prodigy"[23] TBA TBA April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) TBA

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Ratings/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
18–49
DVR Viewers
(millions)
Total
18–49
Total Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) 2.7/8[15] 10.56[15] N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 "Beginner's Luck" March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 1.5/4[16] 6.57[16] N/A 2.84 N/A 9.41[24]
3 "Origin" March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) 1.2/3[17] 5.13[17] 1.0 3.12 2.2 8.25[25]
4 "Defection" March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) 1.1/3[18] 4.89[18] 0.9 2.50 2.0 7.39[26]
5 "White Noise" April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) 1.0/2[19] 4.25[19]
6 "Sinking" April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) 1.0/3[20] 4.34[20]
7 "Bang and Blame" April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)
8 "Together" April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)

Critical reception[edit]

Believe has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an score of 38% based on 37 critics but 70% of the audience likes it.[27] On Metacritic, 25 critics give the show a score of 55 out of 100 while the fans give the show a 6.9 out of 10.[28]

International distribution[edit]

The series premiered in the UK on the Watch channel on March 27, 2014.[29] It airs in Canada on the CTV network,[30] and in Latin America on the Warner Channel.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 14, 2013). "NBC's Alfonso Cuaron/J.J. Abrams Series 'Believe' Makes Showrunner Change, Goes On Early Hiatus". Deadline. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NBC fall schedule reveals big moves" from Entertainment Weekly (May 12, 2013)
  3. ^ Rice, Lynette (January 10, 2014). "NBC announces start dates for 'About a Boy,' 'Crisis,' more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Development Update: Friday, September 21". The Futon Critic. September 21, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Development Update: Friday, January 25". The Futon Critic. January 25, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ McConnell, Marisa; O'Connell, Michael (May 12, 2013). "NBC Gives New Drama 'Blacklist' Post-'Voice' Slot on Mondays". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ The Deadline Team (July 17, 2013). "Showrunner Mark Friedman Exits NBC's J.J. Abrams Drama 'Believe'". Deadline. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuarón NBC Drama Pilot 'Believe' Casts Co-Lead" from Deadline (February 14, 2013)
  9. ^ "Delroy Lindo to Co-Star in NBC's J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron Drama 'Believe' (Exclusive)", Hollywood Reporter, 26 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Sienna Guillory, Jamie Chung Join NBC's J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron's 'Believe' (Exclusive)", Hollywood Reporter, 26 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan Joins NBC's J.J. Abrams-Produced Drama Pilot Believe", TV Line, 4 March 2013.
  12. ^ "NBC Pilots 'Holding Patterns', 'Believe' & Rand Ravich Project Add To Casts", Deadline, 12 March 2013.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (19 June 2013). "Sienna Guillory Exits NBC Drama 'Believe' (Exclusive)". The Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (12 March 2013). "NBC Pilots ‘Holding Patterns’, ‘Believe’ & Rand Ravich Project Add To Casts". Deadline. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Believe', 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'Bones'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (March 18, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon A Time', 'Resurrection', 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Cosmos', 'American Dad' & 'Believe' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (March 25, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Once Upon a Time' & 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Up; '60 Minutes', 'American Dad', 'Revenge' & 'The Good Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Good Wife', 'Resurrection', 'Crisis', '60 Minutes' & 'America's Funniest Home Videos' Adjusted Up; 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (April 8, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time', 'American Dream Builders', 'America's Funniest Home Videos' & 'Resurrection' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Resurrection', 'Once Upon a Time', 'The Simpsons', 'The Amazing Race', 'Cosmos', 'The Mentalist' & 'America's Funniest Home". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Believe : Bang and Blame". Zap2it. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ "(#108) "TOGETHER"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Believe - Episode Guide for Season 1". Zap2It. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 31, 2014). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings & Viewership Gains, 'Beauty and the Beast' Tops Percentage Gains in Week 25". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 7, 2014). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'The Blacklist' Have Biggest 18-49 Rating Gains, 'Raising Hope' & 'Hart of Dixie' Top Percentage Gains in Week 26". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  26. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 14, 2014). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Modern Family' Has Biggest 18-49 Ratings Gain, 'The Following', 'Enlisted', 'The Tomorrow People', & "Hart of Dixie' Top Percentage Gains, 'The Blacklist' Gains Most Viewers in Week 27". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Believe: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Believe : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (October 3, 2013). "JJ Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón TV drama 'Believe' to air on Watch in the UK". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  30. ^ Believe at CTV
  31. ^ Warner Channel homepage (Spanish)

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