Jennifer Carpenter will be reunited with her former Dexter co-star Desmond Harrington on her new CBS drama Limitless, EW has learned—and they’ll be treading in very familiar territory.
A continuation of the 2011 Bradley Cooper film, the series follows a man named Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them alongside Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter).
Harrington (Gossip Girl, The Astronaut Wives Club) will play Casey Rooks, a Special Agent with FBI SWAT who has a background in martial arts, combat sports and meditation, all of which inform his quiet but formidable presence.
When he is assigned to give Brian basic training, he’s impressed by Brian’s ability to master skills that took Casey years to acquire. Driven by his jealousy, or perhaps another agenda, Casey will keep a close eye on Brian, hoping to uncover his secret. But Casey also has a secret of his own to protect: his covert love affair with Brian’s boss, Agent Rebecca Harris.
Harrington, who also played Carpenter’s love interest Det. Quinn on Dexter, will appear in at least one episode, with the potential to recur.
Limitless debuts Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
During a Television Critics Association panel in Beverly Hills on Monday, the cast and producers of the show revealed more about Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), an everyman who discovers a way to become one of the smartest people on the planet: the powerful neuro-enhancing drug NZT.
Once they realize the implications, the FBI enlists Brian to solve their most confounding crimes.
Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman posed a question that defines the character, “Who am I really going to be now that my dreams didn’t work out?” It’s a storyline Kurtzman had heard before, but now that Brian gets a unique second chance, he sees a more compelling prospect.
Limitless is a fast-paced procedural, and a sequel to the movie of the same name. Brian takes center stage from Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), who starred in the movie and will continue to appear in the series.
McDorman says that one thing separates the two characters: their instincts. While Eddie might write a brilliant screenplay or cash in through the stock market before seeking his next dose of NZT, Brian “sees every option laid out in front of him, especially now that it’s his second chance. He starts to think about how he can help somebody else.”
Earlier in the writing process, Brian was going to spend a lot of his newfound mental energy saving a girlfriend. Cooper, also an Executive Producer for the show, realized that might paint the writers into a corner. Instead, Brian’s altruistic efforts will focus on his dad.
“Brian loves his father more than anybody in the world, and also has to lie to his father,” said McDorman. “He’ll be facing that consequence over and over again.”
Executive Producer Craig Sweeny indicated that audiences will see two distinct sides of the character. “You still want to see Brian as baseline Brian,” he said. “It’s not like he’s going to be on NZT all the time.”
McDorman said that when he acts like he’s on the drug, which lasts for 12 hours, he improves his posture, makes eye contact, and every gesture is very deliberate. “It’s not that all of a sudden you’re excitable. You’re not on speed,” he said before throwing his voice into a more laid-back tone. It’s more that, “Everything that you’re discovering is so obvious.”
That duality is “kind of like a playground,” said McDorman, and something the actors bonded over. “When Bradley first talked to me about the role, he told me it was one of the funnest parts of the movie.”
McDorman described the casting process as surreal. “I got the script from my agents with a note saying it’s one of their favorite pilots this year,” he recalled. They told him that Cooper was interested in him for the lead. “I thought it was just something agents say,” he chuckled.
That was until he wound up at an Oscar party, where Cooper came over to start selling him on the show. “We nerded out about expanding the universe of the movie,” McDorman recalled.
Jennifer Carpenter gave birth to her first child with fiancé Seth Avett, she confirmed at 2015 TCA summer press tour on Monday, Aug. 10.
The 35-year-old actress, best known for playing Debra Morgan on Showtime’s psychological thriller “Dexter,” was at TCA to promote her new CBS show, “Limitless,” and showed no signs of a baby bump. Carpenter was also photographed shopping on Saturday, Aug. 8, with a flat tummy, according to E! News.
While speaking on the panel for “Limitless,” Carpenter revealed that she knew she was pregnant even before she was cast on the show.
“I was without a doubt — I was pregnant. I got the script and I thought, I just want to throw my hat in the ring. Knowing that the odds of getting it in my condition were just next to none,” Carpenter told the audience.
“I sent it in with an apology, if I’m being honest,” she continued. “It was me and my fiancé at our kitchen table having a good time. So when my manager called and said, ‘They’d like you to do it…’ I’m still kind of adjusting to the idea.”
Carpenter was already eight-and-a-half months along when they filmed the pilot, but with the help of the costume department, they managed to hide her burgeoning baby belly.
“We have an incredible costume designer,” she said. “He worked miracles. I’m actually wearing something in the second episode that we tried to wear in the first around my pregnant belly. I don’t know if he’s a magician or what, but it’s Marc Webb’s camera angles, people crossing at the right time.”
Carpenter’s first pregnancy and engagement to Avett were confirmed by her rep to People in February.
“Limitless” premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
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