The A&E Network has revealed the premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of it’s newly acquired crime drama Unforgettable. The series will return with thirteen new episodes beginning Friday, November 13 at 8pm Eastern Time/Pacific Time with back to back episodes.
The series follows Carrie Wells, a detective with hyperthymesia (an extremely rare medical disorder which allows the sufferer to recall almost every day of their lives in perfect detail) who uses this disorder to solve crimes. She’s haunted by the unsolved murder of her sister however, an obsession that drove her to law enforcement.
I actually thought this show got cancelled years ago. As it turns out I was correct. Unforgettable began it’s run on CBS which cancelled the programme after it’s first season on the air. In an unbelievably rare move usually not seen by any network, CBS reversed the decision several months later and moved the show to it’s off season schedule for the next two seasons. The network cancelled the show a second time in October 2014, but the series was saved by A&E, who picked up the show for a fourth season. This is notable for several reasons. First of all, it’s extremely rare for a network to reverse a cancellation, second of all it’s extremely rare for a show to be saved by another network after being cancelled but the chances of both happening to the same show in succession are infinitesimal. The only other example I can think of off the top of my head is The Killing, which began life on AMC then went through the same cancellation to uncancellation to cancellation again cycle before being saved by Netflix.
According to a press release issued by A&E, the show “returns with the enigmatic Carrie Wells on a career high, making headlines as New York’s most decorated cop. Reveling in her recent successes will prove to be short-lived for Carrie. Armed with her unique ability and backed up by those she trusts the most, Carrie will face some of the most challenging cases of her career this season, with each case becoming more memorable than the last.”
“This season the Major Crimes team gets a makeover with newcomers Alani “La La” Anthony (Power) as flashy medical examiner Delina Michaels, Kathy Najimy (Veep, King of the Hill) as Captain Sandra Russo, the team’s new boss and E.J. Bonilla (Revenge) as young, wisecracking Detective “Denny” Padilla who has a penchant for Carrie, much to the dismay of Al. Additional players that promise to shake up Carrie and Al’s world include Skeet Ulrich (Law and Order: LA) as Carrie’s mysterious long lost husband Eddie Martin and comedienne Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) as Rosie Webb, the patience-testing star witness in a high-profile securities fraud case whom Carrie and Al are tasked with safely delivering to Miami. Finally, Grammy Award-winner Ashanti (Army Wives) will appear as Stella, a gorgeous jazz singer caught up in the underbelly of NYC’s music scene, who catches the eye of Al.”
Series stars Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace, Magic Beyond Words), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck, NCIS: New Orleans) and James Hiroyuki Liao (Prison Break, Star Trek: Into Darkness) are all set to return but the programme has lost Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife, The Walking Dead) and Primetime Emmy Award winner Jane Curtin (3rd Rock From the Sun, The Librarians) in the network transition (though Roberts will return as a guest star).