‘Limitless’ Debuts On TV Tonight; How Does It Compare To The Movie?

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The TV series adaptation of the Bradley Cooper 2011 movie “Limitless” is going to launch tonight on CBS. The show, which is also produced by Cooper, is a sequel of sorts, with Cooper recurring as Sen. Eddie Morra.

The procedural drama, which stars Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, is about a man, Brian (McDorman), who is given a pill by friend. The pill help him unleash all of his potentials, but mysteriously so, his friend and a few others who have knowledge of the pill end up dead. An FBI agent (Carpenter) traces Brian’s connection to the murders, but for some reason believes that he’s telling the truth about also being a victim. Together, the two will end up working to find the truth behind the pill.

“The two things we wanted to capture were the visual style and what they did with the camera. I also liked the story of a guy who’s fighting to turn his life around so those are the two things I wanted in the pilot story,” said Craig Sweeney, the show’s executive producer via The Hollywood Reporter.

“Brian and Eddie are very different people. The universe of our show acknowledges the movie and interacts with the characters and events. I liked the device at the heart of the concept.”

“We continue to play with that with Eddie’s character but Brian is a different character altogether and it’s very important to Brian to maintain a connection to who he was before he started taking NZT. It’s the essential difference between them. Brian wants to remain Brian and Sen. Edward Morra (Cooper) was all too happy to leave Eddie Morra behind.”

“We accept everything that happened in the movie. There’s nothing that we’re saying, “That’s not how it works.” We’re adjusting the tone to more storytelling like we want to do, but we kept everything the same in terms of rules for the universe. We’re actually just building on to it a lot more.”

Being a procedural,the show will have a case per week element, but Sweeney said it will also have serialized aspects. Viewers who have seen the movie will appreciate the TV show, but for those who have not seen the film, it’s not a requirement to be aware of the movie either.

“Limitless” will air tonight at 10:00 p.m. on CBS.

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