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Video Promo for The Philanthropist on NBC Starring James Purefoy and Neve Campbell

First Look: The Philanthropist


When NBC first announced The Philanthropist more than a year ago, I was intrigued from the start. Created by Tom Fontana (Homicide, Oz), the drama focuses on a renegade billionaire with cash to burn who will stop at nothing to get his money to the people he feels need it most. The concept sounded promising, and I've liked Fontana's work before.

But then the show — which was originally supposed to air Mondays at 10 p.m. this Spring — never materialized. Fontana left the show over the ol' "creative differences" — and had time to return to it before an episode had aired. And NBC gave Jay Leno a show at 10 p.m. five nights a week — and announced a new schedule — that left little room for new dramas on the network.

All of this to say: My hopes for The Philanthropist becoming a seasons-long hit are pretty much nil at this point. But I'm still curious to see the show, which finally premieres June 24. British actor James Purefoy stars as the billionaire, Teddy Rist, but I'm mostly drawn in by the supporting cast, which includes Michael K. Williams (The Wire's Omar) and Neve Campbell as the wife of Teddy's partner.

Are you interested in checking out The Philanthropist, even if it turns out to be more miniseries than series? To see the first promo, just read more.

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