DirecTV has been cooking up a unique recipe for a TV series. Full Circle, from playwright Neil LaBute, is a fascinating experiment in storytelling. It features 11 people whose lives intertwine through out the show’s 10 episodes. The cast includes some pretty big names – I guarantee you’ll recognize more than a few. Boreanaz (Bones), Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) are among the recently announced all-star ensemble cast. I was iffy on the concept behind Full Circle when I first heard about it, but now that I’ve seen the kind of talent the project has attractive, I feel like I have no choice but to check this out when it premieres.
The remaining cast members include Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Billy Campbell (The Killing), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Devon Gearhart (The Wait), Noah Silver (The Borgias), Ally Sheedy (Welcome to the Rileys) Cheyenne Jackson (Behind the Candelabra) and Robin Weigert (Sons of Anarchy). That’s quite the list! According to THR, the show’s format is as follows: each episode takes place in a restaurant and will feature a conversation between two of the characters. One character’s storylines will carry over into the next episode with a conversation with a new character. That new character will then feature in the next episode. That pattern will continue until the finale.
The characters making all of this possible are Tim (Felton), an exchange student from England; Bridgette (Kelly), Tim’s love interest; Bridgette’s husband Stanley (McMahon), a charismatic and intense lawyer; Stanley’s client Jace (Boreanaz), a famous comic known for his outlandish behavior; Chan’dra (Palmer) whose life was altered by one of Jace’s jokes taken too far; Cliff (Gearhart), a classmate Chan’dra has a crush on; Cliff’s father Trent (Campbell) and his wife Trisha (Walsh); Peter (Jackson), a singer who intrudes on a special night between Trent and Trisha; Robbie (Silver), Trisha’s student who claims to have an unusual connection with his teacher; and Robbie’s mother Celeste (Sheedy), who shares an unnerving bond with her son. All the characters come together for the final episode, along with a surprise visit by another (Weigert). The ending is sure to be a game changer in the lives of all the characters.