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Black Box

Black Box TV show on ABCNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: April 24, 2014 — July 24, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kelly Reilly, Ditch Davey, David Ajala, Terry Kinney, Ali Wong, David Chisum, Laura Fraser, Siobhan Williams, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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TV show description:
This dramatic series revolves around uncovering the mysteries of the human brain —
Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a world-famous neurologist who is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game. However, few know that she’s also bipolar. The medical director of The Cube, this complex woman draws patients from all over the world. Outside of work, she keeps multiple secrets from her family and loved ones.

Doctor Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey) is a brilliant neurosurgeon and a known womanizer. He’s handsome and funny but his work comes first. He’s always treasured his freedom — until he met Catherine.

On the other side is Will Van Renseller (David Ajala), a handsome and trailblazing new chef in Brooklyn. He’s smart and ready to settle down with Catherine but her secret may derail their happiness.

Doctor Owen Morely (Terry Kinney) is the chief of staff and department chairman of The Cube. He’s Catherine’s former teacher, current boss, mentor and a fellow neurologist. He’s a true gentleman. Lina Lark (Ali Wong) is an intelligent and eccentric radiology technician who’s hiding a secret of her own.

Joshua Black (David Chisum) is Catherine’s best friend, confidante, and brother. He’s her protector and stands by her side, keeping her rooted along. His wife is Reagan (Laura Fraser). She’s a complex woman who sometimes finds it a struggle to stand by and support Catherine knowing all her secrets. Things are more complicated by the fact that her teen-age daughter, Esme (Siobhan Williams), looks up to her aunt.

Doctor Helen Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave) is Catherine’s very intuitive and insightful psychiatrist. She’s more than just Catherine’s doctor, she’s also a mentor. She knows more about Catherine than anyone else, and holds the key to her mysterious background.

Series Finale

Episode #13 — Consequences
The police pick up Catherine half-naked in the woods after she stole Bickman’s car. After undergoing treatment in rehab, Catherine returns to face the fallout at home and at the Cube. Joshua tells her that he can’t be her enabler anymore. Catherine returns home to her apartment. It’s in shambles. Joshua reminds his sister that she’s a lot stronger than she thinks she is.

Bickman gives Leo his coveted letter of recommendation. He later gives Catherine a big hug upon her return. He knows she’s bipolar. He also knows that she needs to fight for her job. He’ll back her up. He’s her friend. Owen is agreeable to having Catherine back at work, though it isn’t without strict parameters, making it a challenge for Catherine to earn her credibility back.

Owen gets the background on Catherine from Dr. Hartramph. There will always be risks of having her work at the Cube. Of course, there are great rewards, too. Back at the Cube, Truman is a young man who believes he has a doppelganger. Catherine is treating him under the watchful eye of Owen, who ultimately turns over the case to Farrah. A short time later, he realizes Catherine’s assessment of the situation is on target.

Nurse Carlotta is jealous now that Catherine is back. She believes Bickman is in love with her. Catherine shows up at Bick’s place asking to turn back the clock. She doesn’t wait around to hear his answer once she sees Carlotta is there. Bick later explains that he was just trying to get Catherine out of her mind.

While trying to get her life back on track, Esme’s biological father, Johnny, arrives and is in desperate need of a transplant. Catherine is faced with the difficult decision of having to reveal the truth to Esme about who her real parents are. Reagan agrees to break the news but without Catherine present. Esme is angry, but agrees to the transplant.

Catherine finds Johnny unconscious in his apartment. Time is critical now. Too bad Esme is nowhere to be found. That’s because she’s hiding at Will’s restaurant. The two of them show up at the hospital. Esme is ready to meet her biological father, but she wants her real dad and mom to go with her. Catherine is left standing in the corridor alone.

Owen lets Catherine know that he’s not going to second-guess her anymore. Later, news comes in that Esme is a good match for Johnny. She’s still not ready to talk to Catherine, who gets more bad news from Owen. Carlotta came to him with allegations that Dr. Black duped her into filling a prescription for Oxy that she ended up using for herself. Owen steps up to Catherine as she watches Bick operate. He tells her that she’s fired. (Description courtesy ABC.)
First aired: July 24, 2014.

What do you think? Do you like the Black Box TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?


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Colleen October 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

This was an amazing show! I think that reality television has ruined so many good show out now. Everything that I love is being cancelled and I don’t have bad taste in TV. I’m not sure that any broadcaster seems to be allowing great shows stick around. You dropped the call on this one ABC, bring it back.


Hala Dickerson October 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

It should be brought back at least to have closure for the faithful fans. Thank you in anticipation.


Bob October 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

This was a very good show. I am going to miss it.


Denise October 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

I really enjoyed the Black Box, The station has really goofed!!. Maybe the person making the decisions is BI-POLAR

So sad:(


Jill October 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Put this show back on! Great story line and acting! This was a good show.


Jenni October 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I agree, bring it back!!! Give it another season at least, a whole season!!!


Anonymous October 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

One of most interesting dramas on TV, I can’t believe it was canceled!! Definitely need to reconsider and bring it back!!


Anonymous October 18, 2014 at 12:52 am

All the networks care about is making money, and mindless shows sell.


Mark October 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Best new show in 2014, plots new and captivating. Disappointed to learn of cancelation. No show thus far in fall of 2014 compares.


Tina Lipman October 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I truly enjoyed watching season 1 , and really couldn’t wait to start season 2.
I loved the complexity and intelligence the show provided and loved the cast. Sad to see its cancelled


Jenni October 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I liked Black Box a lot and was hoping for another season!!


Ruth weiser October 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Loved show really sad it was cancelled somuch more could of been explored


Kathy October 8, 2014 at 3:48 am

My husband is bipolar. This program was very educational to those who don’t know about mental illness or chemical imbalance. The actress was phenomenal. We need this show back as there are a million more stories to tell. Bipolar disease is different every day.


Deanna October 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

Loved it also my husband who works in the medical field, we could hardly wait for 2nd season.


Chris October 9, 2014 at 12:03 am

I agree this was a very good show, interesting and I work in the mental health field and looked forward to each week. Poor decision by the network.


Kristine October 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

I am not sorry or surprised to see this show go. Every patient that the the character Catherine had was ALWAYS cured by some procedure or surgery, usually done first before trying less risky treatments. Sorry but that is just bull – clearly the writers have never been through any brain related illnesses personally, because doctors are and should be conservative.


Mary October 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

So sad to see this show go! Watched it religiously and loved it!


Rae October 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

Such a captivating series that hit close to home more than once. It was nice to see a show bravely work to overcome the stigma placed on mental health disorders. Sad to see it go. Best series on tv since House.


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