The Pretender

1996, TV Show

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Secrets of the Networks' Scheduling Rooms

Putting together a primetime lineup takes more than just throwing darts at an empty schedule. (Well, most of the time.) As the networks put together their fall plans, it's up to the scheduling executives to parse test-audience scores, research data, producer pleas and gut instincts to determine which new and returning series should make it and when they should air.

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Jarod is a Pretender--a genius whose exceptionally high I.Q. allows him to master virtually any profession. Since escaping from the Centre, the secret research facility where he was brought up after being taken from his parents, Jarod has managed to stay one step ahead of his ex-captors, Miss Parker and Sydney. Although still reeling from the death of his brother, Jarod also continues to make sure that justice is done by helping innocent victims wronged by society. But the search to bring Jarod back to the Centre is suddenly stepped up with the hiring of Brigitte and the mysterious Mr. Lyle. And it's soon clear that the two new Centre operatives are just as determined to bring about the downfall of Miss Parker and Sydney as they are to find the Centre's most prized specimen.

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Jarod is a Pretender - a genius whose exceptional intelligence allows him to assume various identities at will, be it doctor, test pilot or lawyer.

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An intriguing drama about an enigmatic genius trained to masquerade as anyone, often using his intellect (and, when necessary, a bit of brawn) to help others. Jarod Russell goes on the lam to evade his pursuers, a diabolical cabal called the Centre, which had kidnapped him as a child.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 8/21/2014

An intriguing drama about an enigmatic genius trained to masquerade as anyone, often using his intellect (and, when necessary, a bit of brawn) to help others. Jarod Russell goes on the lam to evade his pursuers, a diabolical cabal called the Centre, which had kidnapped him as a child.

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Secrets of the Networks' Scheduling Rooms

Putting together a primetime lineup takes more than just throwing darts at an empty schedule. (Well, most of the time.) As the networks put together their fall plans, it's up to the scheduling executives to parse test-audience scores, research data, producer pleas and gut instincts to determine which new and returning series should make it and when they should air.

But sometimes serendipity ...
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Is it just me, or is Burn ...

Question: Is it just me, or is Burn Notice similar to The Pretender? Michael Westen is seeking answers from a covert organization, but at the same time he is running from that organization (much like Jarod and the Centre). He also spends every episode using the skills that organization taught him to help an innocent person and bring a perpetrator to justice (just as Jarod did). Maybe the connection seems stronger to me because Jeffrey Donovan played Jarod's brother in The Pretender and I'm still pining for the third and final Pretender movie, but I definitely see similarities (although Burn Notice takes a slightly more lighthearted approach). Given the success of Burn Notice, it seems to me that The Pretender was simply ahead of its time. Would you agree? Do you think there is any chance Pretender fans will ever get any closure in the form of a final movie or miniseries? Answer: You Pretender fans never give up. Not that you should. I mean, they're still making Highlander movies over at ... read more

Thanks for your support of ...

Question: Thanks for your support of Invasion this season. I was a little sad but not surprised to see that it had been canceled. I consider it a fascinating experiment that yielded some wonderful results, like Shaun Cassidy's other series, American Gothic, although it certainly wasn't for all tastes. Best of all, it brought the talents of William Fichtner, who was able to simultaneously convey both menacing and sympathetic qualities, to my attention. I will miss Sheriff Underlay most of all. I don't consider it a "waste of time" to have taken a chance on a series that had a high chance of failure. It was worth it to see something interesting and a little different. So tell us what you think now that the decision's in. What do you think about Invasion and about investing time and love in low-chance shows? Answer: I couldn't agree more with the praise for William Fichtner, one of the more original villains-turned-heros I've ever witnessed. I liked Invasion when it was too slow for many, ... read more

Who was the girl who played ...

Question: Who was the girl who played Ms. Parker on The Pretender? Thanks.


Answer: That's an actress named, appropriately enough, Andrea Parker playing Centre operative Ms. Parker, Pete. And if you believe the show's press materials, the character was named before she was cast. Before you caught her on The Pretender, you might also have seen her both in bit parts and recurring roles on such shows as ER, JAG, Seinfeld, Coach, Married... with Children and Ellen.

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Premiered: September 19, 1996, on NBC
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Premise: An intriguing drama about an enigmatic genius trained to masquerade as anyone, often using his intellect (and, when necessary, a bit of brawn) to help others. Jarod Russell goes on the lam to evade his pursuers, a diabolical cabal called the Centre, which had kidnapped him as a child.

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