This Fall, NBC is creating a spy sandwich — or, as Ben Silverman put it, "a male hero sandwich" — by slotting in the new Christian Slater drama My Own Worst Enemy after Chuck and Heroes on Monday nights. I got a brief look at the show with a few clips at TCA this month, and now those clips have finally turned up online.
The show stars Slater as Henry Spivey . . . and also as Edward Albright, two distinct personalities coexisting within the same body. Henry "is an everyman," Slater said at TCA. "He's got two kids, goes to work — regular." Edward, on the other hand, "works for this top-secret government organization. He's an operative, and Edward knows about Henry."
But Henry doesn't know about Edward. As director Jason Smilovic explained, Edward was a soldier who suffered a terrible trauma and enlisted in a program that would, in a way, turn him off when he wasn't being used for government missions. Henry was created to take over everyday functions, like raising children and holding down a normal job. But in the first episode, the switch that toggles between the two personalities starts to malfunction, and elements of one man's life start to bleed into the other's.
It sounds a little complicated (what if they can't turn Edward off in time, and he has to spend a day at Henry's office?), but I'm curious to see how it works out. Do you think Slater can carry a series — much less one where he's playing two roles? To watch the preview clips, just
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