Now and Again

CBS (ended 2000)
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  • show Description
  • Now and Again premiered on CBS television in September 1999 and focused on what would happen if a dead man's brain were removed and placed in a body with superhuman strength and mental powers. Michael Wiseman, now Michael Newman, was drafted to assist a government scientist on a variety of projects. Michael's refusal to give up his family from his "past life," however, proved more difficult to contend with than any in the government could ever have guessed.Build a man with the speed of Michael Jordan, the strength of Superman and the grace of Fred Astaire. A guy who's going to look good, be young, be omnipotent. Wild, huh? The Six Million Dollar Man for the new millennium maybe? It could have been. It featured a unique concept and a strong cast, many of which now appear in various popular series. but a massive audience never really caught on for the program. Though the program had a strong cult following and many efforts were made to revive it and have it released on DVD. As of 2006, however, no DVD set is available.All said and done, this was a series that likely should have done better than it did. It was funny, with great action scenes and compelling emotional plots. It also featured a strong cliffhanger ending, one which there will likely never be a resolution to. Where Have They Been and Where Are They Now?Now and Again featured a strong cast that now appear in many hit television series. Eric Close - Michael New/Wiseman - Close can now be seen as Agent Martin Fitzgerald in another CBS program, the hit procedural drama Without a Trace.Dennis Haysbert - Dr. Theodore Morris - Haysbert enjoyed great success as President David Palmer on FOX's 24. He also appeared in a series of commercials for All State Insurance and now stars as Jonas Blane on CBS's The Unit.Gerrit Graham - Roger Bender - Graham appeared as Q/Quinn in Star Trek: Voyager. After being largely inactive in television for a few years, he returned with a guest stint on Law and Order. He also recently performed the character Mr. John Willoughby in the film Stick it in Detroit.Margaret Colin - Lisa Wiseman - Colin's most recent television work was a guest stint on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.Heather Matarazzo - Heather Wiseman - Now starring on the series The Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide. Also appeared as Lilly Moscovitz in both Princess Diaries films. Many of the show staff have also moved on to other popular projects. For example, creator Glenn Gordon Caron went on to create the hit NBC drama Medium.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    The Eggman Cometh

    Aired 5/5/00

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    The Bugmeister, Part Bee

    Aired 4/28/00

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    The Bugmeister

    Aired 4/21/00

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    There Are No Words

    Aired 4/14/00

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Lizzard's Tale

    Aired 3/31/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dennis Haysbert

    Dr. Theodore Morris

  • Gerrit Graham

    Roger Bender

  • Christine Baranski

    voice of Ruth Bender [uncredited]

  • Margaret Colin

    Lisa Wiseman

  • Heather Matarazzo

    Heather Wiseman

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (167)

    • Michael: Now I work for Craig. Roger: Well, you're on his team. Michael: "His team"? I'm on his damn "team"? What is this, gym class? Who started this "team" crap, anyway?

    • Michael: Well, I could go for a devil dog now. You wouldn't have anything like that here, would you? Dr. Theo: We would ask whenever you're at home you use this lavatory. Which has been specially equipped to collect both your liquid and solid waste for further study. Michael: You know what? I'm not really hungry anymore.

    • Dr. Theo: Call it mother's intuition, but I think our boy's about to check his package. Michael: (to himself) Holy crap! Dr. Theo: Damn right. Made in America, baby. Made in America.

    • Dr. Theo: I know what you're thinking. What's the catch? And of course, there is a catch. Pretty big catch. Not huge, but formidable. In return for saving you life, and let me remind you that for all intensive purposes you are already dead and buried Mr. Wiseman. In return for the gift of sight, mobility, and tactile sensation, for being able to walk, talk, taste, and touch, all your government asks in return is that you stay dead. By that we mean you may have no contact of any kind with anyone who you knew in your first life. Ever. That's all. We know you didn't choose to die, Mr. Wiseman. We know there were no good-byes, we're sure your desire to let friends and loved ones know you're here, know you're well...But like I said, I saw your family. I know how precious they must be to you. But your government can't let anyone know of the existence of this technology. You reaching out to anyone from you past absolutely guarantees your immediate and final death. And the death of whomever you confided in. I need you to tell me you understand and agree to that. Michael: What if I say no? What if I won't do it? Dr. Theo: Well, hey, this is America. That's your right. Of course, we'll have to take our 3 billion dollars worth of logic sensors, voice stimulators, computer driven neuron transfer generators, and those assorted other doodads, and go home. (chuckles) Let nature take its course. I figure it'll take about sixteen seconds for you to turn into a memory. Aw, forget memory, it'll take about sixteen seconds for you to turn into waste. But please, do think about it. I'll check back.

    • Michael: Am I alive? Am I dead? What am I?

    • Dr. Theo: We built a man with the speed of Michael Jordan, the strength of Superman and the grace of Fred Astaire. A guy who's going to look good, be young, be omnipotent. Wild, huh? Just can't lick the mind thing.

    • Dr. Theo: Let me be the first to tell you, you had a beautiful funeral, Mr. Wiseman. Michael: I did? Dr. Theo: Absolutely. Day before yesterday. I certainly hope when it's my time to go that my loved ones send me off in as spectacular a fashion.

    • Roger: Act of God, act of God, act of God! Michael: Bad steel is not an act of God! It's an act of negligence. What if it had been your wife or your kids in one of those cars.

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    Notes (3)

    • a.k.a. "And Like a Good Neighbor"

    • a.k.a. "Giving Thanks"

    • Mick Foley is credited as WWF Superstar Mick Foley.

    Trivia (2)

    • During the scene in the car, when filmed through the windshield, Heather is wearing yellow sunglasses. The next shot (through the driver's window), she's not wearing them.

    • Several times throughout the episode when the original Michael is playing on the piano, close-captioning reads that he is playing "Chopsticks," but the actual piece is "Heart and Soul."

    Allusions (9)

    • The side of the truck Michael is forced into reads "Toys'R'fun" which alludes to the major company "Toys'R'Us".

    • On the Town On the Town is a musical starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, & Jules Munshin as sailors visting New York City for their one day pass.

    • The Insurance Man Always Rings Twice is a play on the movie title "The Postman Always Rings Twice".

    • The title is an allusion to Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction. Just after the opening credits the music is taken from the movie soundtrack and finally, the first crook's name is Tarantina.

    • Dr Theo sings the song "Daisy Bell" to Laurens' baby when it is crying in his arms. Although the song was written in 1892, it was sung by the HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey as it was being shut down.

    • Dr. Morris: "I think the other Superfriends can handle things from here."
      The Superfriends were a popular Hanna-Barbera animated series based on the DC Comics characters Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Robin. A sort of mini-Justice League, the group went through several incarnations, eventually incorporating other DC comic book characters as well, and continues to live on, on Cartoon Network.

    • The music heard in the last scene is the beginning of Simon and Garfunkel's song The Sounds of Silence. Moreover, Dr Morris's only line of this scene is "Hello darkness my old friend", the opening line of the song.

    • The whole idea of reading books aloud in groups so that books still live into the collective memory, and more generally the whole idea of a world without books, has been treated in Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451.

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  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Gone before its time...

    By DojinFan_2K, Mar 22, 2013

  • How could it get canceled?

    By Svanehjerte, Sep 16, 2008

  • why on earth didnt they make more of this ????????????????????????????????............................................................................................

    By dee12345dee, Jun 20, 2008

  • one of my childhood TV series! tho I'm not a fan of sci fi movies this show was special because the super hero was a man with a good heart !

    By sahiko, Jan 27, 2008

  • pleaseeeee bring it back... continue this series!!! must watch this series.. great show... interesting one

    By wni_izzati, Oct 21, 2007