The Sci Fi channel is to screen legal fantasy Eli Stone starring Jonny Lee Miller and featuring the acting debut of popstar George Michael.
The series, in which Michael has a recurring role, follows ambitious lawyer Stone whose life is completely transformed by a series of strange hallucinations.
The visions are seemingly steered by the song lyrics or appearance of Michael, taking Eli on an emotional and comical path of discovery, both personally and professionally. While medical science blames an inoperable brain aneurysm, Eli’s acupuncturist Dr. Chen (James Saito) has a different explanation… Eli is a prophet!
Each episode of the first series is named after a popular George Michael hit, with the pilot appropriately named ‘Faith’. Other episodes include ‘Freedom’, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ and ‘I Want Your Sex’.
Jon Farrar, Programming Director for NBC Universal Global Networks, today said, “It’s a real coup to bring Eli Stone – and superstar George Michael’s first ever drama performance – to the UK. We’re especially thrilled that it’s in such an inventive and uplifting fantasy that fits in so perfectly with our channel brand. SCI FI was the first to bring the critically acclaimed HEROES and TIN MAN to the UK and ELI STONE has that same ‘event’ feel of being something special. We expect it to bring in a huge mainstream audience who will find its mix of celebrity, comedy, emotion and drama especially endearing.”