Eli Stone is an American television comedy-drama created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who also serve as executive producers alongside Ken Olin who directed the pilot, with Melissa Berman producing.
The show stars Jonny Lee Miller in the title role of attorney Eli Stone. In the first episode, Stone is discovered to have an inoperable brain aneurysm which is causing hallucinations. His acupuncturist, Dr. Chen, suggests that his hallucinations are actually divinely inspired visions of the future. These visions often predict future cases and events, including an impending earthquake.
Produced by ABC Studios, After Portsmouth and Berlanti Television, the series was officially greenlit and given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007, and it aired as a mid-season replacement in 2008. It also aired on Channel Seven in Australia, M-Net in South Africa, CTV in Canada,, Antena 3 in Spain and on AXN in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Sony in Latin America, ProSieben in Germany, FOX Life in Portugal and TV2 in New Zealand. In Poland, the show premiered on September 8, 2008 on Fox Life. Eli Stone premiered on January 31, 2008 at 10 PM Eastern/9 PM Central, following the return of Lost; its first season finale aired April 17, 2008.
On May 13, 2008, ABC officially announced that the show had been renewed for the 2008-09 season. Moreover, in Canada, CTVglobemedia announced that they will send down the series to CTV's relaunched "A" television system for the 2008-2009 season. Season two will premiere on Tuesday, October 14 at 10 PM Eastern/9 PM Central.
Pop singer George Michael has figured prominently throughout the series, and each episode has been named after a song of his. Berlanti is a fan of Michael and tried hard to get him to appear on the show, and it turned out that Michael is a TV junkie. This led to the singer agreeing to do several episodes, including one in which Stone represents him in the case of a teen girl who plays the song "I Want Your Sex" in protest of an abstinence-only sex education program in her school.
The show's legal setting, mixture of comedy and drama, and use of fantasy sequences has drawn comparisons to the series Ally McBeal from some critics.
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|The Complete First Season||13||September 2, 2008|