Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be immortal, without having to resort to the ceaseless bloodlust of vampires? Not Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), the main character in ABC’s upcoming drama Forever. He’s had some experience with the matter, seeing as how he’s inexplicably been alive for over 200 years. Unfortunately, that central concept is completely absent from Forever’s first look, seen above.

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Without knowing Forever’s synopsis, the layman TV viewer might assume from the above clip that it’s a police procedural involving an insanely brilliant British doctor who plays by his own rules. And that’s about halfway right. Morgan is one of New York’s most renowned medical examiners, and Forever will indeed pit him with Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) to solve cases on a weekly basis. Take a look at the trailer:



Only, his 200 years of experience make him far ahead of the game, which of course impresses his partner, who will no doubt try to get to the bottom of what makes him so talented, while also building a friendship. Henry, meanwhile, is on his own mission to try and solve the mystery behind his immortality, which will serve as the wraparound storyline tying all of this together. It’s a tactic that ABC uses often enough – cough Castle cough – but Forever could be really interesting if the cases are solid.

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Judd Hirsch (Taxi) will play Abe, close friend to Henry and also his secret-keeper. Eve Harris (Prison Break) and Donnie Keshawarz (24) will play other cops, and Joel David Moore (Bones) will play someone named Lucas.

Luckily, Forever has a few good names behind it as well. Serving as writer is Matt Miller (Chuck, Human Target), who very, very loosely based it on Pete Hamill’s 2002 novel of the same name. Miller will serve as executive producer along with Dan Lin (Gangster Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars). The first episode was directed by one of my favorite filmmakers, Brad Anderson (The Call), whose last pilot was for Fox’s recently cancelled Almost Human. Not that it’ll be an albatross around Forever’s neck or anything.

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Do you think ABC has a hit on its hands here, or will nobody remember this show in 200 years? Find out when Forever premieres this fall. You can find the full ABC 2014-2015 schedule here.

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