Globe-trotting action features "The Da Vinci Code" and "National Treasure" have a small screen counterpart. ABC's "Zero Hour" will unravel similar exciting subject matter in equally exotic and fantastic locales. IGN spoke with series star Anthony Edwards about what viewers can expect from the exciting new series.
The former "ER" star plays Hank Galliston, owner of the magazine Modern Skeptic that exposes paranormal and otherworldly hoaxes. Galliston is sucked into a bizarre and dangerous new world after his wife Laila (Jacinda Barrett) is kidnapped. "The set up is that Hank is a guy who is not a believer. He's a rationalist and needs proof for everything. And he's spent his career debunking mysteries. So what happens when you take a guy like that and give him a really big mystery? It challenges everything for him. And yet his skill is that he's also a really good investigative reporter. So he doesn't give up. He keeps looking and keeps digging to find out what's really going on," Edwards said. "And he's also got back up - a team - consisting of Addison Timlin (Rachel) and Scott Michael Foster (Arron) who play his young reporters. So everyone gets involved in a way. The engine of investigative reporting is what's driving us through here. The crisis is on a personal level."
Edwards explained that the kidnapping that shakes Galliston's worldview in the premiere will not be the only mystery that the reporter tackles. "Laila, Hank's wife, will come back into the fold eventually. So we're not going to have a reunited couple on episode 13. But that's as much as I'll tell you about that. The kidnapping is the kicker to get into the world. Take a guy and take away his wife and in pursuit of that we'll start un-peeling all the layers on this crazy-ass onion that Paul Scheuring created," the actor said.
Edwards states that the premiere's breakneck pace won't let up as the season goes on, promising major twists every week. "You can expect a big step forward every episode. We're not holding back. And the good news is that we will solve the mystery in 13 episodes," he explained. "So at the end of the season, we're not going to go 'Let's just drag this on for another two years.' We're taking a big story and we're attacking it. And expect a lot of surprises along the way."
This Thursday, Zero Hour, a new globetrotting conspiracy/adventure series in the vein of National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code, debuts on ABC. The show stars ER's Anthony Edwards as Hank Galliston, the owner of an anti-paranormal magazine called Modern Skeptic, who gets sucked into the dangerous world of Rosicrucian doomsday clocks after his wife Laila (Jacinda Barrett) is violently kidnapped by an international mercenary.
Don't miss the premiere of Edwards' new series "Zero Hour" tomorrow on ABC!