TNT has picked up the pilot Proof starring Jennifer Beals

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TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the tv drama “Proof”. The supernatural medical drama is executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer plays the lead role of a surgeon. Also starring in the series are Matthew Modine and Joe Morton. TNT plans to premiere the series in 2015 and will unveil its 2014-15 schedule May 14 in New York.

“Proof is a fascinating series that takes on one of our most compelling questions: What happens when we die?” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a statement. “Jennifer Beals does a terrific job bringing her complex character to life, and she’s surrounded by an outstanding ensemble cast. We’re especially thrilled to be collaborating once again with Kyra Sedgwick, whose work on The Closer helped pave the way for TNT’s ever-growing slate of hit original series.

In Proof, Jennifer Beals plays Dr. Carolyn Tyler, a brilliant surgeon with a caustic edge. Carolyn has suffered the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage to Dr. Len Barliss (Sean Gleeson) and a growing estrangement from their daughter (Annie Thurman). But Carolyn’s own trauma hasn’t deterred her from her charitable outreaches, which include helping disaster victims in far-flung trouble spots throughout the world.
Despite her skeptical, hard-science attitude, Carolyn is persuaded by a cancer-stricken tech millionaire (Matthew Modine) to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings and other supernatural phenomena. Her goal is to find verifiable proof to life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?
Helping – or sometimes hindering – Carolyn in her quest are her boss, Dr. Charles Russell (Joe Morton), the head of the hospital, and Peter Van Owen (Callum Blue), a best-selling author who claims to be psychic. Gathegi plays Zed, a hospital intern from the Sudan who assists Carolyn, and Kaplan plays Janel Ramsey, Turing’s assistant.

Transcript of Jennifer Beals chat on Reddit

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This afternoon Jennifer participated on a web chat on reddit.com

Here’s the transcript of the chat:

Hi guys. I am doing this AMA to make people aware of the toxic chemicals legislation going on right now. One piece of legislation is called the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, and the other is the US Chemicals in Commerce Act. If you are tired of feeling like you need a PhD in toxicology to be a competent parent, or to feel like a healthy human being on this planet, I would encourage you to go to http://saferchemicals.org to get updated and get involved. I am also doing this custom fundraiser http://lwordbook.com to help support the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center.
This is also to help support my ex-husband’s campaign as well.
Ask me anything!

Was there a single, most significant film, tv show, or piece of art that made a surprising impact on your life? (As an artist, I’m sure your answer is yes, of course) What is it?
Jennifer: There were several projects that were like initiations for me, helping me to rise to a different level of understanding in my life. The first was In The Soup which I did with Alexandre Rockwell. I suddenly was in a film that was not so much about commerce ( what are our numbers? Will the soundtrack travel? Etc) but in a film that was purely about the joy of storytelling. Working with Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell and Seymour Cassell gave me a completely different understanding of what acting could be. It was incredibly freeing. The other seminal project that comes to mind is The L Word. I cannot even begin to tell you how many ways that project has changed my life. I was introduced to the notion of how impactful a story can be on peoples’ day to day lives, how transformative it can be. I was introduced to fearless, unapologetic women and men who we’re choosing to live their lives authentically in the face of a government and a culture that was knowingly and sometimes unknowingly trying to erase them by not including them in their stories or any kind of meaningful legislation. It made me realize how important it is to live your life as authentically as possible, whoever you may be and whatever your situation may be. We don’t serve anyone by hiding our light under the bed.

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Jennifer Beals starring on a new tv pilot “Proof”

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Jennifer is to star on a new pilot drama for the cable network TNT called “Proof”. The drama focus on a skeptical, hard science, female surgeon Dr. Kathryn Russo (played by Jennifer) who’s struggled with family issues including the tragic death of her son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings, all of it looking for verifiable proof, to try to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something … beyond?.
The Closer star/executive producer Kyra Sedgwick will produce. “Proof” is directed by Alex Graves, Rob Bragin (Greek) penned the pilot and will serve as an executive producer alongside Sedgwick.
Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games) to play Jennifer’s character daughter Sophie.
Joe Morton (Scandal) plays the intimidating head of the hospital Dr. Charles Russell where Dr Kathryn Russo works. He finds himself driven to control her, but appreciates her talents and her commitment.
Matthew Modine  plays Ivan Turing, a charming, eccentric, technology multi-billionaire facing a terminal cancer who is willing to apply all his resources to answering the question, is there anything beyond death?
Sean Gleeson is playing Dr. Len Barliss, Katherine’s ex-husband who still works with her at the hospital. Len and Katherine currently share custody of Sophie, their rebellious teenage daughter.
Edi Gathegi (Justified) will play Zed, a Sudanese hospital intern tasked with finding proof of life after death.
Caroline Rose Kaplan plays Janel, assistant to billionaire Ivan Turing.
Callum Blue plays Peter Van Owen, a charming best-selling author who claims to be a psychic medium.

Filming of the pilot starts March 14th in Vancouver.

Jennifer Beals episode on “Motive” airs March 13th

Jennifer Beals in Motive

Jennifer’s episode on the Canadian tv drama Motive airs next Thursday 13th on Canada’s CTV. The episode is called “They Made Me A Criminal” and it’s episode 2 of the second season of the series. Jennifer plays a dance instructor. Guest starring alongside Jennifer are Martin Donovan and Robert Roldan. In the US, Motive season 2 returns to ABC on May 21st.

Here’s a promo for the episode