New show: Forever
When: 10 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC (special preview Monday at 10)
Cast: Ioad Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, Judd Hirsch, Lorraine Toussaint
Premise: There are shades of Sherlock – and a heavy dose of “New Amsterdam” (the gone-too-soon 2008 Fox drama) – in this agreeable new drama, in which Gruffudd (pronounced “Griffith”) plays a medical examiner blessed (or cursed, depending on your perspective) with immortality.
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Gruffudd’s Dr. Henry Morgan has used all of his do-overs and his hundreds of years on Earth to hone his observation skills to a spooky, Sherlockian degree. Each week, as he works a new case and tries to uncover the secrets of his own immortality, flashbacks reveal more about his many pasts. Alana de la Garza (“Law & Order”) plays Det. Jo Martinez, who is bound to become a love interest, and Judd Hirsch plays his friend and confidant – and the only person who knows his secret.
-Staff writer Brooke Cain