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Andre Braugher Takes Audiences Inside The Mind Of Captain Marcus Chaplin ('Last Resort')

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 29, 2012 5:50 PM
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This is one a small handful of new fall season shows I'm looking forward to checking out.

It's great to see Andre Braugher headlining this; and from the below trailer, I'm definitely digging what I'm getting from it, and look forward to that pilot.

An actor I think we'd all love to see get more and more screen time (both on TV and in theaters) Mr Andre Braugher plays the lead role in this new ensemble ABC drama titled Last Resort.

What's Last Resort about:

The project centers on the crew of the U.S.S. Nevada, a nuclear submarine, who, after disobeying a suspicious order, become fugitives. They land on the island of Sainte Marina, where they take over the NATO Listening Station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation.

I like how that reads. And no it's not a J.J. Abrams or Shonda Rhimes project, since both names seem to be attached to everything (nyuck, nyuck).

Although it does sound like something Abrams would produce doesn't it?

Braugher stars as Captain Marcus Chaplin, the commander of the U.S.S. Nevada, a combat veteran, leader and a patriot, but very much his own man.

And oh, by the way, Last Resort comes from Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield - the same dude who's teamed up with Eddie Murphy to reboot Beverly Hills Cop as a TV serieas.

The Emmy award-winning veteran actor will likely be most recently remembered for his Emmy-nominated work on the cancelled TNT dramedy Men Of A Certain Age

When this was first announced several months ago, I recall asking what the chances were that Braugher won't be the ONLY non-white actor in this new series' ensemble cast; based on the trailer below, it looks like, while he appears to be its star, there are some supporting roles for black actors especially, on the island of Sainte Marina.

First watch the trailer below (which we actually posted in May), and then, underneath, in a brand new video released yesterday, Andre talks about the character he plays:

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  • Ken Hollis | September 25, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    Crimson Tide "NOT" NO DENZEL PLEASE! Just a good tight drama!

  • Ken Hollis | September 25, 2012 11:51 PMReply

    No BULLSHIT ... JUST A GOOD PROGRAM! No LOST, Or TWENTY FOUR"24" just a good clean tightly written script and well produced show! Andre Braugher is not Kurtz in the HEART OF DARKNESS ..... Please ! NO SUPER MEN OR WOMEN! Just people please!

  • Akimbo | August 29, 2012 11:01 PMReply

    Premise of this show appeals to me not one bit, but dammit if I don't love me some Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman. Giving it a shot only for them.

  • Chris L. Robinson | August 29, 2012 9:50 PMReply

    Please be good, please be good, please be good! Because it LOOKS like it could be good. has kinda been done, contrary to Braugher's interview. On the sci-fi series, Babylon 5, Earth's president is assasinated by his VP. The captain in charge of the giant space station, Babylon 5, declares the station (and its 250,000 inhabitants) to be in secession. It was an awesome series. I am a big Braugher fan--let's do this!

  • ALM | August 29, 2012 8:05 PMReply

    Hollywood and these posters.....If he is the star, why do they have him off center towards the right? It's like Hollywood is scared to put a person of color in a place of prominence, even on a poster.

  • Akimbo | August 30, 2012 1:32 AM

    Yeah, and they've done it to Ellen Pompeo on Grey's Anatomy, Matthew Fox on Lost, and scads of other leads of ensemble shows. Not everything is racist and Andre isn't the sole star of the show. Regarding Scandal, while I'm sure there are other promo shots, the only one I ever see simply has Washington's face with the word "Scandal" superimposed over it, so I don't know about that one.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 29, 2012 11:24 PM

    So correct ALM. If you notice they did the same thing with Kerry Washington and Columbus Short on the first "Scandal" promo shots. You know why? Because just like on Scandal the second season that girl Quinn is going to be the person who's background they are focusing on not Kerry. She was put in the center while Kerry and Columbus were off to the side. You hate to view stuff in this light, it seems trivial at first. But I feel like they are scared to put African Americans front and center. That's so ridiculous when they are confident enough to hire the person of color and then they don't want to help promote the person? They love the ratings we bring in, so they just try to bait us then slowly but surely the script changes. If you remember this is what happened with Della Reese on Touched by An Angel when they tried to give the white lady a raise and not her when they both were leads, that was back in 1996, so sad but true.

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