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Two (TV series)

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Two
Created byCharles Grant Craig
StarringMichael Easton
Barbara Tyson
Lochlyn Munro
ComposerChristophe Beck
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producersMichael J. Taylor
Stephen J. Cannell
David Levinson
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesTwo Television Productions
Telegenic Programs Inc.
New World Television
Original release
NetworkCTV Television Network
ReleaseSeptember 12, 1996 (1996-09-12) –
June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)

Two is a Canadian drama series which aired in syndication from September 1996 to June 1997.

Production[edit]

Premiering in September 1996, the syndicated drama series had 24 episodes and ran until 1997.[1] The actor Adam Storke originally was chosen to play the main character, but the producer Stephen J. Cannell chose Easton to take over since he felt Easton was more appropriate for the role.[2]

Due to low ratings, the show was canceled after one year.

Synopsis[edit]

It featured Michael Easton as Gus McClain, a college professor from Seattle who is framed for the murder of his wife by his twin brother Booth Hubbard (Easton in a dual role).[3][4] Hubbard, whose existence had previously been unknown to McClain, committed several murders while assuming McClain's identity, leaving Gus on the run from the FBI.[5] Complicating matters more was that Booth had a brain tumor that could kill him at any moment and leave Gus without a way to clear himself. The primary FBI investigator in the case was Theresa "Terry" Carter (Barbara Tyson), whose partner was a victim of Hubbard and does not believe his claims of a twin brother. It featured Andrew Sikes as a recurring character trying to help McClain.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
TBA"Pilot"Anthony HickoxTBATBA
1"Two"David Warry-SmithCharles Grant CraigSeptember 12, 1996 (1996-09-12)
2"A.D."David Warry-SmithMichael Easton & Kathy McCormickSeptember 19, 1996 (1996-09-19)
3"Dream Prisoner"David Warry-SmithMark CullenSeptember 26, 1996 (1996-09-26)
4"Many Happy Returns"James HeadTim MinearOctober 3, 1996 (1996-10-03)
5"Black Ops"James HeadGerry ConwayOctober 10, 1996 (1996-10-10)
6"Russian Hill"Rene BonniereSteve FekeOctober 17, 1996 (1996-10-17)
7"Games People Play"Mario AzzopardiSteve Feke & David LevinsonOctober 24, 1996 (1996-10-24)
8"Armies of the Night"Martin WoodAnne CollinsOctober 31, 1996 (1996-10-31)
9"Victoria's Secret"Allan EastmanStory by : Edward Gold
Teleplay by : Mark Cullen
November 7, 1996 (1996-11-07)
10"No Man's Land"Rene BonniereJason CahillNovember 14, 1996 (1996-11-14)
11"Reunion"Brad TurnerJoe YogerstNovember 21, 1996 (1996-11-21)
12"Prodigal"Ken GirottiDavid LevinsonNovember 28, 1996 (1996-11-28)
13"Leap of Faith"Brad TurnerKathy McCormickJanuary 9, 1997 (1997-01-09)
14"Sink or Swim"Perci YoungJoe YogerstJanuary 16, 1997 (1997-01-16)
15"Prom Night"David Warry-SmithSteve Feke & David LevinsonJanuary 23, 1997 (1997-01-23)
16"The Nun Story"Mario AzzopardiSteve FekeJanuary 30, 1997 (1997-01-30)
17"Between the Lines"David Warry-SmithGenia ShipmanFebruary 6, 1997 (1997-02-06)
18"Bad Company"Brad TurnerWilliam BigelowFebruary 13, 1997 (1997-02-13)
19"The Reckoning"Paul BirkettMichael EastonFebruary 20, 1997 (1997-02-20)
20"Chain Gang"James HeadStory by : Kathy McCormick
Teleplay by : Steve Feke & David Levinson
May 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)
21"Forget Me Not"David Warry-SmithFrederick RappaportMay 31, 1997 (1997-05-31)
22"Tale of the Tape"David Warry-SmithStory by : Joyce Burditt & Dan Polier
Teleplay by : Joyce Burditt
June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)

Reception[edit]

The Toronto Star television critic Jim Bawden praised the show, saying "if it's played out properly", it could be like The Fugitive. Saying the series "sports a sleek look", he said main character "Easton makes us believe, through subtle gestures, that there are two of him".[6] The Los Angeles Times's Jon Matsumoto said, Two offers a less compelling set of circumstances than The Fugitive since "the professor knows the identity and motives of the real killer" and "It's also difficult to believe that an innocent man with an unblemished past could be successfully framed for not one but five murders committed by his brother."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007) [1979]. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (9 ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 1442. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. Retrieved 2024-02-12 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Sokolsky, Bob (1996-07-15). "Easton gets to double his quirky style". The Press-Enterprise. Archived from the original on 2024-02-12. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  3. ^ Bowles, Jennifer (1996-09-26). "Producer Stephen J. Cannell turns to books, syndication". Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2024-02-12. Retrieved 2024-02-12 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Keller, Julia (1996-08-22). "Double Trouble Cannell Produces Another Series, 'Two,' - With Inherent Improbability". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2024-02-12. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  5. ^ Reichardt, Nancy M. (1996-10-20). "Easton makes return to series television". Austin American-Statesman. United Feature Syndicate. Archived from the original on 2024-02-12. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  6. ^ Bawden, Jim (1996-09-30). "Drama series deserves stronger stories". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2024-02-12. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  7. ^ Matsumoto, Jon (1996-09-14). "'Two': Too Obvious to Be Much Fun". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2024-02-12. Retrieved 2024-02-12.

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