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Last Resort (ABC, Sept. 27)

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ABOUT
Five hundred feet beneath the ocean's surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receives its orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if the United States has been wiped out, the sub's crew is told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Capt. Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders, only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they will find refuge and romance as well as a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home.

WHY WE LIKE IT
Two words: Andre Braugher. Forget about his sad-sack car salesman from "Men of a Certain Age" -- here Braugher, as captain of a nuclear submarine, possesses gravitas, keen intellect, and a constant sheen of facial perspiration to remind us just how high the stakes are. Oh, and like any good character with his finger on a nuclear trigger, he's just the right amount of crazy.

FALL TV MATH
"The Hunt for Red October" + "Watership Down" = "Last Resort"

DID YOU KNOW?
The producers are using a technical consultant to make sure the show and its sets are realistic, but "Last Resort" is not filming with the cooperation of the U.S. military. Films and TV shows often work with the Navy in order to shoot aboard active duty or retired vessels, but that sort of arrangement requires script approval from military officials -- something that didn't seem likely, given the show's plot.Starring: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman

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