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Eleventh Hour (U.S. TV series)

This article details the US TV series. For other uses of the phrase 'Eleventh Hour', see The Eleventh Hour.
Eleventh Hour
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Genre
Created by Stephen Gallagher
Starring Rufus Sewell
Marley Shelton
Omar Benson Miller
Theme music composer Harry Gregson-Williams
Opening theme Eleventh Hour Theme
Composer(s) Graeme Revell
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s) Jerry Bruckheimer
Jonathan Littman
Danny Cannon
Cyrus Voris
Ethan Reiff
Paul Buccieri
Mick Davis
Producer(s) Matthew Carlisle
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Granada Television International
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 9, 2008 (2008-10-09) – April 2, 2009 (2009-04-02)
Chronology
Related shows Eleventh Hour (UK)

Eleventh Hour is an American science-based drama television series, which is based on the 2006 British series of the same name. The series originally ran on CBS from October 9, 2008 to April 2, 2009 and aired on Thursdays at 10 pm (ET/PT).[1] The series was a joint venture between Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Granada Television International and Warner Bros. Television.

Plot

Eleventh Hour follows Dr. Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell), a brilliant biophysicist and Special Science Adviser for the FBI who is brought in to investigate crimes of a scientific nature that other agents may be unable to solve. Hood is the government's last line of defense, and it is his mission to keep scientific advances out of the hands of those with nefarious intentions. Special Agent Rachel Young (Marley Shelton), of the FBI's executive protection detail, is assigned to protect Hood. Both Dr. Hood and Special Agent Young are assisted by Special Agent Felix Lee (Omar Benson Miller), towards the end of the series.

Characters

  • Rufus Sewell as Dr. Jacob Hood – a science adviser to the FBI, called in to investigate crimes that may have a scientific explanation. Even though Hood is extremely brilliant, he sometimes gets lost in his own thoughts, and this, coupled with his low attention span and poor social skills, causes him to be viewed as odd. He also has few instincts of self-preservation or danger, causing him to often do things that put his life in jeopardy, such as standing in front of a fleeing suspect's car to get the license plate, something that frequently annoys Rachel. Additionally, he does not know how to drive well, leading Rachel to insist she do all the driving. Hood appears to be an atheist and is knowledgeable on a number of scientific, mathematical and philosophical topics. He nursed his wife, who died of cancer, throughout her illness.
  • Marley Shelton as FBI Special Agent Rachel Young – Hood's handler. Though she is employed to protect his life, she has also said that her job is "to protect him from himself" – something he makes very difficult for her. Hood might annoy her from time to time but she does care about his well-being, viewing his many techniques with a kind of exasperated affection, though she is frequently embarrassed by and for him. Rachel mainly gets annoyed when he gets too caught up in an investigation and does something stupid, or when he does things like accidentally sit on his panic button. It is noted throughout the series that Dr. Hood is her only friend, though male characters frequently flirt with her. She is the latest in a line of Hood's protectors, but she refuses to let him "drive her away like he did those others."
  • Omar Benson Miller as FBI Special Agent Felix Lee (Episodes 14–18) – introduced later in the series when he asks (although it is later discovered that he begged) to help Jacob Hood on a case. After solving the case, he asks to work with Hood full-time, stating that the work they do is amazing. Felix is given the job and works as somewhat of a scout, helping out the team with heading to the location and gathering the material they need by the time Hood and Young get there. Though he likes the job, Felix feels underappreciated due to the lack of praise for the amount of work he does.

Production

The original ITV version ran for four 90-minute episodes. Before the American remake series premiered, CBS ordered 13 one-hour episodes.[2] The pilot episode was produced with a budget of four million dollars, and the remaining episodes were given approximately two million dollars each.[2] Despite shooting "Agro" as a second possible pilot, CBS premiered the series with its original $4 million pilot, "Resurrection", instead.[3]

Reception

Despite the absence of any supernatural or science fictional elements, some critics compared the series to The X-Files.[2][4] Eleventh Hour debuted after CSI at 10:00 but at 11.6 million viewers retained only 50% of CSI's audience. The show came in second in its timeslot after the premiere of Life on Mars. Although Life on Mars lost 27% of its audience in its second week, Eleventh Hour gained numbers and saw a further gain in its third week, leading CBS to increase its script order. On December 2, 2008, TV Guide reported that CBS has ordered five additional scripts bringing the series’ total number of episodes to 18.[5]

The Biotechnology Industry Organization launched a blog, EleventhHourFacts.com, which features subject matter experts discussing the scientific basis of each episode through video interviews, live episode blogging and posts.[6]

Ratings

Season Timeslot (EST) Premiere Finale Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
1 Thursday 10:00 PM October 9, 2008 April 2, 2009 12.11[7] 22[7]
  • Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Eleventh Hour.
  • Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Episodes

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(in millions)

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DVD release

Warner Brothers released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on October 20, 2009 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release and is available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[8]

Cancellation

The show was canceled on May 19, 2009, due to its inability to hold the CSI audience lead-in.[9][10] Upon learning of Eleventh Hour's cancellation, a small core group of fans banded together to form the Eleventh Hour Resurrection Campaign. They were unsuccessful in convincing another television network to pick up the show.[11]

References

  1. ^ "CBS PressExpress – Eleventh Hour – About the Show". CBS. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Kaplan, Don (2008-08-25). "Don't Blow It – Where 'X-Files' Meets 'CSI,' CBS Makes Daring $30-Mil Bet". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Fox's "Disturb," CBS's "Hour" To Skip Pilots". The Futon Critic. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  4. ^ "CBS Gets Jerry Bruckheimer's Eleventh Hour". MovieWeb. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  5. ^ Matt Mitovich (December 2, 2008). Eleventh Hour Moving? CBS orders additional scripts, but may relocate drama. TV Guide. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  6. ^ "Biotech association connects with 'Eleventh Hour' drama audience". PR Week. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Season Rankings (Through 5/24)". ABC Television Network . May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  8. ^ http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000179840.do
  9. ^ Denise Martin (May 19, 2009). CBS renews slew of series including Old Christine, Cold Case and Numb3rs Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  10. ^ (May 19, 2009). Eleventh Hour cancelled, no season two. TV Series Finale website. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  11. ^ "Eleventh Hour Resurrection Campaign"(blog). Retrieved 2010-07-07.

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