Smith (TV series)

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Smith
Smith (tv show) - intro.jpg
Starring Ray Liotta
Virginia Madsen
Jonny Lee Miller
Simon Baker
Franky G
Amy Smart
Chris Bauer
Lisa Vidal
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Running time 57 minutes (Pilot)
43 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 19 – October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)

Smith is an American television drama that premiered on September 16, 2006 at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Created by John Wells, the show follows a group of professional thieves who struggle to keep their work separate from the rest of their lives.

The leader of the group Bobby Stevens (played by Ray Liotta) seeks to end his criminal ways after a few more big scores. His plan is not successful and his wife Hope (Virginia Madsen) becomes suspicious. Bobby has a day job as a salesman for a paper cup manufacturer, which allows him to travel frequently. Each episode portrays a heist or preparation for other jobs the thieves plan to undertake. Ongoing subplots examine each of the characters' double lives, a necessity in order to stay one step ahead of the authorities and shield their families.

Cast[edit]

  • Ray Liotta as Bobby Stevens
  • Jonny Lee Miller as Tom, head of logistics and Bobby's right-hand man
  • Franky G as Joe, who handles transportation needs
  • Simon Baker as Jeff, who manages the group's firepower
  • Amy Smart as Annie, a master of disguise and diversionary tactics who uses her looks to help the team
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo as Charlie, acts as a boss, providing Bobby with information on a new job his crew should undertake and fencing the stolen goods.
  • Virginia Madsen as Hope Stevens, Bobby's wife
  • Chris Bauer as FBI Agent Dodd, who has been tasked with apprehending Smith and his crew.
  • Lisa Vidal as FBI Agent Valdez, who serves as Agent Dodd's second in command

Plot[edit]

In the pilot episode the team's electronics expert Shawn (Mike Doyle) is fatally wounded during a shooting incident with museum security when the crew robs the fictional Tanner museum (actual Mellon Institute) in Annie's hometown of Pittsburgh and escapes with a dramatic downtown chase scene, complete with diversionary explosions, and switching to a speedboat at the Lawrence Center and PNC Park. Tom's former jail mate Marley (Elden Henson) is hired to replace him in the fourth episode.

On the other side of the law, FBI Agent Dodd is in charge of a team responsible for tracking down Smith and his crew.

Broadcast[edit]

Though critically acclaimed, it was canceled on October 6 after only three airings, becoming the first new show of the 2006–07 television season to be canceled.[1]

In the UK, the show was also scheduled to be seen during the 2006 season, on ITV4.[2] ITV4 rebroadcast the series in March 2007. It was later shown on Hallmark in August 2007 with all seven episodes airing.

All seven episodes of Smith, including the four episodes that never aired on CBS, were put on the network's Innertube broadband video section for a few weeks. Warner Bros. Television made all seven episodes (with a synopsis for the plotted eighth through twelfth episodes) available via digital download in November 2006 on Apple's iTunes Store, AOL, and Amazon.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by U.S. air date Production Code U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" Christopher Chulack John Wells September 19, 2006 (2006-09-19) 276010 11.00[3]
2 "Two" Christopher Chulack John Wells September 26, 2006 (2006-09-26) 3T6001 9.67[4]
3 "Three" Christopher Chulack John Wells October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03) 3T6002 8.38[5]
4 "Four" Stephen Cragg Mark Rosner N/A 3T6003 N/A
5 "Five" Nelson McCormick R. Scott Gemmill N/A 3T6004 N/A
6 "Six" Alex Zakrzewski Frank Military N/A 3T6005 N/A
7 "Seven" Christopher Chulack Theresa Rebeck N/A 3T6006 N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smith: CBS Ray Liotta Series Cancelled", October 7, 2006.
  2. ^ Wilkes, Neil. "ITV acquires three new US dramas", Digital Spy, June 20, 2006.
  3. ^ "Program Rankings From 09/18/06 Through 09/24/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. September 26, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 201.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings From 09/25/06 Through 10/01/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. October 3, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 201.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings From 10/02/06 Through 10/08/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. October 10, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 201.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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