2015 will see the return of Sharon Stone to the television. Stone will play a vice president tasked to protect the Constitution in politically charged and dangerous Washington, D.C., with the help of secret "Agent X."
Mark those calenders for 2015: Sharon Stone'll be on to the small screen -- and you better call her "Vice President Maccabee." TV Guide reports that TNT greenlight 10 episodes of the action drama Agent X, starring Stone (Casino), Jeff Hephner (Interstellar, Chicago Fire), and Gerald McRaney (House of Cards).
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Hephner's set to play John Case, "a smooth, athletic top secret agent hidden from the public and the president, who is deployed only at the discretion of the vice president." And Stone will be the one pulling those strings as America's first female VP.
Natalie Maccabee and Case will work together in navigating the dangerous twists and turns of Washington, D.C. Intriguingly, the cases will be too delicate and sensitive for the FBI and CIA to intervene, so the two will be dependent on each other’s political skills.
The Hollywood Reporter dug a little deeper on the premise and learned about the main character motivations.
Created by the original founding fathers but hidden from the view of the public, there is an agent of unknown identity that is trained and ready to serve -- deployed only at the careful discretion of the vice president. The drama is described as National Treasure meets The Bourne Identity.
"Agent X" (Hephner) will be forced to work for “a woman with brains, beauty and a cool composure that belies a restless mind.” Natalie originally ran for political office after her Senate candidate husband died. Quickly rising to the role of vice president, she’s “initially apprehensive that her job will be ceremonial in nature.” Protecting the Constitution is anything but ceremonial, however.
Produced by The Bourne Identity's William Blake Herron and Armyan Bernstein (Castle), the show looks to focus on multi-layered story lines and season arcs. Already passed over once in May, the network chose to retool the project and liked the changes enough to request a 10-episode run to start with.
McRaney will play Malcolm Millar, Chief Steward to Maccabee's vice presidential mansion, and introduces the politician and agent in the beginning. Forced to work together, the trio will protect the unsuspecting American citizens outside the very public political sphere.
Lately, TNT's been following the current trend of political minefield dramas like Netflix's House of Cards or CBS's Madame Secretary starring Tea Leoni. And TNT's Senior Vice President Lillah McCarthy believes the show will be perfect for the network’s original series line-up.
"Agent X is a perfect fit for TNT's expanding lineup of action-dramas." Additionally, McCarthy stated Agent X's "a slick, high-energy thrill-ride with lots of twists and turns, big action sequences and kick-ass stunts."
The network's political and cop line-up already includes Legends (Sean Bean, Ali Larter), Murder in the First (Tom Felton, Taye Diggs), Rizzoli & Isles (Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander), and Major Crimes (Mary McDonnell). They’re also betting on the upcoming action series Librarians, which is based on the channel's original movie series, starring John Larroquette, Rebecca Romijn, and Christian Kane.
And McCarthy feels that the core of Agent X is "an incredible cast led by Jeff Hephner, Sharon Stone and Gerald McRaney."
As television slowly shifts from reality programming, adding meatier roles, more and more film and famous actors are returning to the little screen. Stone hasn’t been seen consistently on televisions since appearing on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as Jo Marlowe in 2010. And McRaney was last seen starring as Barlow Connally on A&E recently cancelled Longmire.
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Agent X seems to be ready to detonate the TNT "boom" tagline.