Unforgettable (2011 TV series)
|Developed by||Ed Redlich
James Hiroyuki Liao
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||35 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ed Redlich
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Timberman-Beverly Productions
CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution (USA)
Sony Pictures Television (non-USA)
|Original run||September 20, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Based on the short story "The Rememberer" by J. Robert Lennon|
Unforgettable is an American crime/mystery television series that premiered on CBS on September 20, 2011. The series was developed by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci, and stars Poppy Montgomery as Det. Carrie Wells, a female police detective with an unusually detailed memory.
Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit after her former boyfriend and partner, Lt. Al Burns, asks for help with solving a case. The move allows her to try to find out the one thing she has been unable to remember, which is what happened the day her sister was murdered.
As season two begins, Carrie and Al are offered a transfer to the NYPD's Major Crimes Division, leaving the Queens precinct. Dr. Joanne Webster is the only supporting character to go with them.
The season-one opening narration by Poppy Montgomery is as follows:
I'm Carrie Wells. Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I'm one of them. Pick any day of my life, and I can tell you what I saw or heard: faces, conversations, clues (which comes in handy when you're a cop). If I miss something the first time, it's okay. I can go back and look again. My life is...unforgettable.
Cast and characters
- Poppy Montgomery as Det. Carrie Wells, the show's lead character. An enigmatic former Syracuse, New York police detective, Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything she has seen or heard. Her ability is very helpful to investigations she and her team are conducting. She's wanted to be a cop ever since her sister was murdered when she was a little girl. Nine years ago, she worked for the Syracuse Police Department for about five years, but after her sister's murder investigation was shut down, Carrie wanted a new life and moved to New York City. Since then, Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but in the pilot, she joined the New York City Police Department's Queens Homicide when her former lover and partner asks her for help with solving a case. The move allows her to try to find out the one thing she has been unable to remember: the man that was responsible for her sister's murder.
- Dylan Walsh as Lt. Al Burns, the lead detective of the team Carrie works with, as well as Carrie's ex-partner and lover from when she worked at Syracuse Police Department. After coming to her for help, Carrie and Al decide to work together once again to solve various cases. Even though they're not in a relationship anymore, but are still good friends, Al is very protective of Carrie.
- Jane Curtin as Dr. Joanne Webster, the gifted but crusty Chief Medical Examiner of New York, she has been relegated to Queens district for speaking out against her superiors. As she is too senior to be fired, they hope to force her to resign. Carrie and Joanne also do a lot of tag-teams, since they are good friends. She was also the first one Carrie told about having a possible lead on her sister's killer. She is very interested in Carrie and her sister's murder as she has had experience with tenaciously hunting down leads for cold cases.
- Dallas Roberts as Eliot Delson (season 2–present), the new boss of the Major Cases Section of the NYPD.
- Tawny Cypress as Cherie Rollins-Murray (season 2–present), a former decorated FBI agent, who begins working for the Major Cases Section of NYPD.
- James Hiroyuki Liao as Jay Lee (season 2–present), a detective for the Major Cases Section of the NYPD, who specializes in technical subjects.
- Kevin Rankin as Det. Roe Sanders (season 1), a junior detective who's one of Carrie and Al's co-workers. He tends to make good-natured jokes about Carrie's ability and he is fond of a female techno-geek who aids the group with their cases. Roe also tends to have doubts about most cases.
- Michael Gaston as Det. Mike Costello (season 1), another one of Carrie and Al's co-workers and Al's right-hand man.
- Daya Vaidya as Det. Nina Inara (season 1), another one of Carrie and Al's co-workers, Nina is a sassy, street-smart cop.
- Britt Lower as Tanya Sitkowsky (seasons 1–2), a techno-geek who works with the group, Tanya can trace calls of even burners. Tanya is also fond of Roe.
- Omar Metwally as ADA Adam Gilroy, a persistent assistant DA who is unaware that Carrie has hyperthymesia, he has assisted the squad with some cases.
- Deanna Dunagan as Alice Wells, Carrie's mother, who has early-onset Alzheimer's disease and is currently living at a recovery home.
Development and production
The hour-long program is based on J. Robert Lennon's short story "The Rememberer". The series was created by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci and co-produced with Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman for CBS, where it made its debut on September 20, 2011. The series is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television. On October 25, 2011, CBS picked up the series for a full first season of 22 episodes.
Serving as a consultant on the series is actress Marilu Henner, who like the series' lead character Carrie Wells, possesses hyperthymesia in real life. She had a guest spot in the episode "Golden Bird", as Wells' aunt, who is suffering from symptoms similar to that of Wells' mother's early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Cancellation and revival
On May 13, 2012, CBS canceled Unforgettable. TNT and Lifetime soon expressed interest in picking up the show, but ultimately passed on the series. On June 29, 2012, CBS reversed course, and confirmed that Unforgettable would return for a second season in summer 2013 with an order for 13 episodes of which seven were broadcast. Season two premiered on Sunday, July 28 at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central. On September 27, 2013, CBS renewed Unforgettable for a third season of 13 episodes to premiere Summer 2014.
The series has received mixed reviews from critics, earning a score of 57/100 from Metacritic.
|Season||Episodes||Time slot||Season premiere||Season finale||TV season||Ranking||Viewers
|1||22||Tuesday 10:00 pm||September 20, 2011||May 8, 2012||2011–2012||#24||12.11|
|2||13||Sunday 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 p.m.
|July 28, 2013||TBA||2013–2014||TBA||TBA|
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