It’s an understatement to say that 2017 has been a very good year for Starz. They’ve grown Outlander into more of a hit, helped establish Power as a premiere cable drama, and launched new hits like American Gods and the limited series The White Princess.
After viewing the Counterpart trailer (which you can check out below), you may be in agreement that Starz may already have another hit on their hands for next year. This is a dark, introspective, and powerful series that is in some ways about a fork in the road. Often in life you’re left to wonder what happens in the event you were to do a few things different. On this show, you have a chance to see that in action — whether that be good or bad.
J.K. Simmons (who we absolutely love) of Whiplash and Oz is going to star as (per an early Starz logline) a “lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency, turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension.” Eventually he will have an opportunity to meet his second self, and realizes soon afterward that this man couldn’t be more different than him. He has a chance to see, (for better or for worse) what could’ve been different.
Counterpart has been in development for years at the network, and that should prove to you one thing: There’s no reason to rush quality. Starz wanted to get this right and judging from the first trailer, they have. This plays in a way reminiscent to a David Fincher or a Christopher Nolan film, and with Simmons in the lead role you’ve got an actor capable of carrying a movie from any feature director. This is a show that will make you question decisions in your life — while also entertaining you along the way.
Counterpart is set to premiere on Sunday, January 21 — it is effectively taking the spot vacated by Black Sails in the lineup. While it’s certainly a different show than the pirate drama, it may still excite on a similar level.
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