My only issue with NBC’s “Persons Unknown” pilot? It was too short! But hey, that’s why they call it a pilot, right? Check out our review of the pilot episode here. In the meantime, here’s a minute long behind-the-scenes look at the show. As expected, while the pilot sets up the premise, there are plenty of action in later episodes.
From Academy Award-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”) and executive producers Heather McQuarrie and Rémi Aubuchon comes “Persons Unknown,” a one-hour mystery drama in which a group of seven strangers must come together to solve the puzzle of their lives. All of them have been taken from their everyday lives and have arrived in a deserted town with no recollection of how they got there.
The eclectic group of strangers are Charlie Morse (Alan Ruck, “Spin City”); Janet Cooper (Daisy Betts, “Shutter”); Joe Tucker (Jason Wiles, “Third Watch”); Bill Blackham (Sean O’Bryan, “Six Feet Under”); Moira Doherty (Tina Holmes, “Six Feet Under”); Sergeant Graham McNair (Chadwick Boseman, “Lincoln Heights”); Tori Fairchild (Kate Lang Johnson, “Days of our Lives”); Erika Taylor (Kandyse McClure, “Battlestar Galactica”); Mark Renbe (Gerald Kyd, “Casualty”); and Kat Damatto (Lola Glaudini, “Invincible”).
While being held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by omnipresent “security” cameras with no idea who or what is behind them. Every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances, which seem to derive from mysterious forces. At every turn, these strangers-turned-comrades are threatened physically, psychologically and emotionally.
Their chance at survival is to rely on each other. But who can they trust in this vulnerable state – either behind those cameras or amongst themselves? Their decisions will have moral and ethical consequences, as alliances are forged and relationships brokered.
From producer/writer Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”), “Persons Unknown” premieres Monday, June 7th, 10/9c.