The Fugitive (2000 TV series)

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The Fugitive
Mosaic image with Tim Daly as Dr. Richard Kimble, Mykelti Williamson as Lt. Gerard running, and Dr. Richard Kimble running
The Fugitive DVD cover
Genre
Based onThe Fugitive
by Roy Huggins
Starring
Theme music composerLouis Febre
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producers
ProducerVladimir Stefoff
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06) –
May 25, 2001 (2001-05-25)

The Fugitive is an American action drama television series created by Roy Huggins that aired on CBS from October 6, 2000 to May 25, 2001 and is a remake of the 1960s TV series of the same name, starring Tim Daly as Kimble, Mykelti Williamson as Gerard, and Stephen Lang as the one-armed man.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Richard Kimble (Tim Daly) was wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife. He escapes from custody and changes his identity and toils at many jobs to search for a one-armed man (Stephen Lang) he saw leave the scene of the crime. He is relentlessly pursued by Lieutenant Gerard (Mykelti Williamson) obsessed with his capture.

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Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The long lasting success of the original series of The Fugitive combined with the huge success of the 1993 film version led to the development of this series. The influence of the movie is evident, particularly in some scenes of the pilot episode, additionally, the series was produced by Arnold Kopelson and Warner Bros., the producers of the 1993 film.

The pilot was directed by Mikael Salomon, and cost an estimated $6 million to film.[2] According to Tim Daly, at the CBS Affiliates Dinner in Las Vegas in 2000, there were 3,500 affiliates there, they were shown the entire pilot of The Fugitive and it got a seven-minute standing ovation.[3]

Daly had to drop his part as Superman in the DC Animated Universe to get his role, surrendering the Man of Steel to Christopher McDonald in Batman Beyond, and George Newbern in Justice League.

Filming[edit]

It was filmed in various places, including Seattle, Washington.

Connections to the original series[edit]

Each episode of the new series includes a credit "Created by Roy Huggins". Tim Daly's father James Daly made two guest appearances on the original series. Writer Arthur Weiss is credited with one episode of the new series and three of the old series. Lou Antonio who appeared as an actor in three episodes of the original series, directed an episode of the new series. William Graham directed two episodes of the new series, and seven of the old series.

Cancellation[edit]

CBS cancelled the series after one season, leaving a cliffhanger unresolved.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Mikael SalomonJohn McNamaraOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)
Forced to flee, Dr. Richard Kimble pursues the only man who can prove his innocence, the One-Armed Man. Lt. Gerard tracks Kimble to Miami, where Kimble has innocently become entangled in a construction scheme that could cause someone their life, and Kimble the chance to bring his wife's killer to justice.
2"The Hand of a Stranger"Mikeal SalomonJohn McNamaraOctober 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)
Kimble tracks the one-armed man, Fred Johnson, to Savannah, Ga., where all of his money is stolen by a man, Garrett Davis, desperate to help his wife who has Parkinson disease, but he and Kimble find a way to help each other. In the meantime, Lt. Gerard has flashback of his wife's accident in which she died. Kimble is forced to fight for his life again when he confronts the one-armed man in his hotel room.
3"Guilt"Jeff BlecknerJohn McNamaraOctober 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)
Dr. Kimble, now in Manchester, South Carolina, assumes the identity of Raymond Lee Pettiford and gets a job at a bar. In his first day at his new work, a group of high school boys walk in asking for liquor. Kimble says no and everything ends up in a fight. One of the boys is Zach Lardner, the sheriff's son. The sheriff is doubtful about who actually started the fight and is suspicious about Jesse, the other bartender who came from Detroit after 18 months in prison. In an attempt to get back at Jesse, Zach and a friend steal the waitress's car to blame Jesse for it so he can go to back to jail. But Zach speeds too much getting a cop after him. They speed up and the officer crashes and dies... Meanwhile, Gerard is trying to get some evidence that might lead him to the one-armed man...
4"Far from Home"Richard ComptonJohn McNamaraOctober 27, 2000 (2000-10-27)
Now in Charleston, South Carolina, Kimble is still after the man who murdered his wife. This time, Kimble got a job at a hotel using his fake ID (Ray Petterford). He meets a pregnant woman named Mia while doing his laundry and accidentally finds her wallet. Trying to be a good person, Kimble calls her house and tells her husband he found it. Her husband goes to the hotel after Kimble, thinking his wife is sleeping with him. After making a scene, Kimble realizes that he has to save Mia from her abusive husband and runs away with her...
5"DrRichardKimble.com"James FrawleyKim NewtonNovember 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)
While trying to hide from local police in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kimble meets Chuck Brixius, an ultra-shy computer nerd who has developed an intricate website dedicated to proving Kimble's innocence. On the run, Kimble's physical condition worsens and he begins seeing beautiful visions of Helen, his beloved deceased wife. Defenceless, Kimble must muster the strength to go on, as Lt. Gerard quickly closes in.
6"Miles to Go"Thomas J. WrightValarie & Vivian MayhewNovember 10, 2000 (2000-11-10)
Kimble gets a job working for a logging company while trying to track down the one-armed man in Northern Maine. During a freak accident a man is tragically killed and the person responsible for it flees from the scene of the crime and takes Kimble as a hostage.
7"St. Christopher's Prayer"Robert SingerMatthew Carnahan & Arthur WeissNovember 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)
Knowing Gerard is watching, Kimble risks his freedom in order to see his terminally ill father one last time. However, Gerard is one step ahead of Kimble and stakes out the house, prepared to finally catch his man.
8"Sanctuary"Bill L. NortonDavid EhrmanNovember 24, 2000 (2000-11-24)
While in Pennsylvania, Kimble hides out with an ex whose boyfriend discovers the arrangement and inadvertently passes the information to a bounty hunter hired by Kimble's father-in-law.
9"Liar's Poker"Richard ComptonRandy AndersonDecember 8, 2000 (2000-12-08)
In Atlantic City, Kimble meets a down-on-his-luck gambler, who unwittingly puts Kimble in danger with a loan shark and Vasick the bounty hunter hired by Kimble's father-in-law.
10"Lagniappe"Lou AntonioSharon Lee WatsonJanuary 5, 2001 (2001-01-05)
Kimble is in New Orleans after evidence that the one-armed man is not dead. He tries to pass as his brother to obtain medical records of his death, but two hospital workers catch him using a fake id. In order to obtain the files, he now has to pay them bribery. Kimble reconsiders an offer to work at an illegal clinic on the back of a herbal medicine store. There he is able to show his medical skills, and soon develop a romantic environment with the clinic's "doctor", Nettie..
11"New Orleans Saints"Mel DamskiKim NewtonJanuary 12, 2001 (2001-01-12)
Kimble comes upon the piteous Renee while rescuing her from an apparent mugging in New Orleans. Renee thinks her husband is dead, and Kimble learns that her assailant was an insurance investigator looking into the $100,000 settlement she collected. Kimble comes clean about who he is, but when the one-armed man returns to town, the motives of everyone become clear.
12"Safekeeping"Alan J. LeviLisa MelamedJanuary 26, 2001 (2001-01-26)
Kimble's peaceful life with Nathan, a kindly farmer in Topeka, Kan., and his daughter, Mallory, is disrupted when Mallory's mother, a recovering alcoholic, returns to reclaim her family. Meanwhile, Vasick taps the phone of Kimble's lawyer, tipping him off to Kimble's location. Gerard, who as a result of his Internal Affairs investigation learns of this, must get to Kimble ahead of Vasick.
13"And in That Darkness"R.W. GoodwinJohn McNamara & Sharon Lee WatsonFebruary 2, 2001 (2001-02-02)
Now in Memphis, Tennessee, Kimble is taken away by the police while sleeping on a public bench. He's admitted into a psychiatric institution, where he's diagnosed as schizophrenic. While planning on how to escape from the clinic he meets Grace, a former pianist who's suffering from depression. Kimble sees the true causes of her illness and modifies her medication prescription in order to help her come back to her normal mental status...
14"Past Perfect"James FrawleyRandy AndersonFebruary 9, 2001 (2001-02-09)
In Aurora, Illinois, with the help of the new task force, Gerard discovers that Kimble has been communicating with his old prison cellmate, Steve, and his mother, Delores via the USA Today personal ads. Unaware that Steve and Delores are the same people who helped Kimble elude Illinois police blockades and Gerard's clutches months earlier, Gerard plants misleading information about the one-armed man in Steve's prison, knowing that Steve will get his mother to alert the fugitive. As Gerard waits for the man he's desperately hunted for almost a year, an unknowing Kimble heads right for the trap.
15"Jenny"Philip SgricciaJohn McNamara & Kim NewtonFebruary 16, 2001 (2001-02-16)
Kimble breaks into an ostensibly closed-down inn in Cliffside, California, to hide and unexpectedly meets Jenny Butler (guest star Stacy Edwards, Chicago Hope), the beautiful owner. After they both reveal that they have recently lost loved ones, Jenny hires Kimble to do some repairs. As the friendship between Jenny and Kimble grows into something more romantic, the Hennesseys, a ruthless bank-robbing couple on the run, plot to use Kimble's identity to their advantage.
16"Strapped"Winrich KolbeMatthew CarnahanFebruary 23, 2001 (2001-02-23)
After taking Jenny hostage, bank-robbers Donny and Lynnette Hennessy force Kimble to help them rob a local bank. However, due to the Hennesseys' infamous record, Gerard gets wind of Kimble's involvement with the scheming duo. Now, as Kimble runs out of time to save Jenny while he tries to elude Gerard, he must also decide whether or not he and Jenny can actually have a future together.
17"Sea Change"James Whitmore Jr.David EhrmanMarch 30, 2001 (2001-03-30)
Dr. Kimble tracks down the one-armed man in San Francisco but now must try to save his enemy's life.
18"Tucker's Gift"Chris LongRandy AndersonApril 6, 2001 (2001-04-06)
Kimble helps a dying man fulfil his final wish.
19"Flesh and Blood"William GrahamLisa MelamedApril 13, 2001 (2001-04-13)
Dr. Kimble learns his sister Maggie has Leukemia he contacts his friend Dr. Diana Thayer to find out if he is a match for a bone-marrow transplant.
20"Smith 282"William GrahamValerie & Vivian MayhewApril 20, 2001 (2001-04-20)
Becca Ross, Helen Kimble's sister, confesses to Richard that she received e-mails from a man who clamis to have witnesses Helen's murder. Kimble decides to help a woman at a busy Boston street corner, fearing that she is being followed...
21"Götterdämmerung"Winrich KolbeKim NewtonMay 25, 2001 (2001-05-25)
Helen's inheritance money is finally available and her sister hires a very expensive (but very good) lawyer to take Richard's case. They plan on sending Richard to Switzerland to live there while the case unfolds. Richard gets a fake passport, but just as Becca is wiring money to an account in Zurique she is arrested by Gerard, who is closer and closer to put his hands on Richard. Gerard puts police officers in several airports looking for Kimble. Meanwhile, the one-armed man gets irritated once he sees his picture in an article on the newspaper about Kimble's case. The one-armed man goes after Richard's nephew and gives him a note saying that if Richard doesn't turn himself in, he'll get the kid...
22"Thanatos"R.W. GoodwinMatthew Carnahan & John McNamaraMay 25, 2001 (2001-05-25)
Kimble finally turns the tables on the OAM, taking him hostage with plans to deliver him to Gerard, but complications along the way threaten the doctor's last chance at freedom

Broadcast[edit]

The show was the first lead-in to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Friday nights, which became a hit when it debuted the same year.

Reruns of the series have previously aired on HDNet and AOL's streaming service, In2TV.

Reception[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated artist/work Result
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Michael E. Lawshe (supervising sound editor), Timothy A. Cleveland (sound effects editor), Rick Camera (sound effects editor), Otis Van Osten (sound effects editor), David M. Horton (sound effects editor), Bruce M. Honda (dialogue editor), Jessica Goodwin (dialogue editor), Eric Hertsguaard (dialogue editor), Nancie Araki (dialogue editor), Chris McGeary (music editor), Casey J. Crabtree (foley artist), Michael Crabtree (foley artist). For the pilot. Nominated
7th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Tim Daly Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Effects & Foley Michael E. Lawshe (supervising sound editor), Rick Camera (sound editor), Timothy A. Cleveland (sound editor), David M. Horton (sound editor), David Werntz (sound editor), Darren Wright (sound editor), Otis Van Osten (sound editor). For the pilot. Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a New Drama Series Tim Daly Won
Best New Titles Sequence in a Series The Fugitive Nominated
5th Golden Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama Tim Daly Won
Best Television Series, Drama The Fugitive Nominated
TV Guide Award Actor of the Year in a New Series Tim Daly Nominated

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