Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 24, 1999
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network

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Now and Again

An ordinary insurance executive falls in front of a train and is given a second chance at life by the government with a new, "perfectly engineered body" - but the catch is that he may never reveal the truth to his friends and family. Michael Wiseman accepts the deal, but leaving behind his old life is not all that easy...

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Michael Wiseman

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Eric CloseEric Close
This blue eyed actor that looks like he was "made by Mattel" was born in Staten Island, New ...

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An ordinary insurance executive (played by John Goodman in the first few minutes of the pilot) who, after getting turned down for a promotion in favor of the 27-year-old he taught, goes out drinking with a friend - and subsequently is jostled into the path of an oncoming subway train. He's in the wrong place at the right time, however; his brain is saved, and after a bizarre interview in which he is only a brain hooked up to sophisticated equipment, his mind is transplanted into an artificially created body bio-engineered by the government. Since the scientists couldn't build a brain, they had to harvest the next available one.

Now he has a second chance at life, being trained to do dangerous things that "ordinary men are loathe to do." The catch in the deal is this: he cannot allow anyone from his former life to know that he is still alive, or it will cost both his - and their - lives. Which is where the problem arises.

Michael isn't ready to give up on his former life, much to the chagrin of his supervisors. He still longs for his wife and daughter and friends, and isn't the type to accept a new existence as a warrior. He's fairly easy-going and gentle, with a surprising amount of integrity, refusing to assassinate a spy in cold blood even when he's ordered to. But when it comes to his family, he'll do anything to protect them.

His lonely existence really gets to him at times, but he's still determined to keep on going. Humor is his main defence mechanism, and his wit is often put to good use irritating his superiors. What keeps Michael going is the hope that someday, maybe, he'll be reunited with his family again.



Episode Screenshots

01x16 - Everybody Who's Anybody
Season 1, Episode 16
01x12 - Disco Inferno (Part 2)
Season 1, Episode 12
01x09 - By the Light of the Moon
Season 1, Episode 09
01x03 - Over Easy (Part 3)
Season 1, Episode 03
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