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The Event

The EventNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 22 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 20, 2010 – May 23, 2011
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Ian Anthony Dale, Laura Innes, Sarah Roemer, Scott Patterson, Taylor Cole, and Zeljko Ivanek.

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TV show description:
This conspiracy thriller series follows a man who discovers the biggest cover-up in US history while investigating the strange disappearance of his girlfriend. The cover-up has implications that are life-changing and could shape the very core of mankind.

Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) is the typical boy next-door as well as a somewhat geeky Computer Science graduate of MIT. A reformed hacker, he now freelances as a video game programmer. Sean grew up in a poorer suburb of Chicago. With a realized gift for computer programming, he spent his time in the school’s computer lab because his family couldn’t afford a computer of their own. He only got through college because of three jobs and financial aid. He’s now in a relationship with Lelia Buchanan and is confident she’s the woman for him. He was ready to propose when she disappeared.

Leila (Sarah Roemer) studied Biochemistry after growing up a science geek and bookworm. She and Sean met in the swimming pool at MIT in their senior year. She fell for his nerdy ways and was impressed when he hacked her name into getting good tickets for a concert. A nature lover, she and Sean like to go rock climbing and hiking. Leila is very close with her family after her mother, Val, put her own modeling career aside to raise Leila and her adopted sister, Samantha.

Michael Buchanan (Scott Patterson), Leila’s father, is a ruggedly handsome man who prefers the peace and quiet rather than hustle and bustle of the city. All his vacations have been spent in national parks, jungles, and rain forests, having taken multiple survival classes. He enjoys taking photos of the beauty that surrounds him. He was initially protective of Leila when she started dating Sean, but eventually, Michael welcomed him into the family.

The President of the United States, Elias Martinez (Blake Underwood), is idealistic and hugely popular with the American people and the rest of the world. He is very proud of his heritage, being born in Miami to Cuban refugees. He met his wife, Christina (Lisa Vidal), while both were attending Yale, and were set up by her mother. They support a charity program for education reform for refugee children, and she has now put her own law career on hold. They have a 7-year-old son named David.

President Martinez is in charge of the first completely bipartisan administration in recent years and recently was handed a top secret file that will change the entire course of his presidency.

President Martinez’s Vice President, Raymond “Ray” Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich), learned to argue effectively as the youngest of four sons, and later as a member of the Debate team in high school. He used all that to guide him through politics, eventually getting elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives, then later as a senator, and later yet as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He and Blake Sterling are working together on a classified project.

Blake Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek), the Director of National Intelligence, is often at odds with President Martinez. Sterling is astute and very well-connected within the intelligence community after spending most of his career rising through the ranks of the CIA. President Martinez nominated him for the new position of Director of National Intelligence because of his immense experience. Sterling’s not above political manipulation or covert force when needed and has been criticized for supporting the CIA’s detention program. To deal with all this stress, he jogs around the CIA headquarters at 4:30am every morning.

Simon Lee (Ian Anthony Dale) is a CIA operative who is working with a division handling the security issues related to the detainees at Mount Inostranka in Alaska. He’s another one to rise through the ranks to where he now has access to the President and reports to Sterling. He originally hails from Fort Yates, North Dakota, and it’s because of that upbringing that he can handle the weather there in Alaska. Like Sterling, he’s another runner, having completed several marathons.

Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes) is the leader/spokesperson of the Mount Inostranka facility for detainees. They have endured the very interrogation and torture that Sterling has been so supportive of. Sophia is still hoping that if she continues to work with them calmly, she’ll be rewarded. With the sympathetic President Martinez, it seems like it may be about to pay off after his press conference announcing the closing of Inostranka.

Vicky Roberts (Taylor Cole) is a single socialite from Manhattan who enjoys her partying lifestyle. The niece of the late Ralph Clement Quinn, she was only 10 when he died in a car crash and inherited half of the Quinn fortune when she turned 18. Vicky was initially accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School, but had to turn them down because of a foot injury from eight-inch stilettos during Fashion Week. Fashion is a passion of hers, and she’d like to craft her own clothing called Sassy.
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Series Finale

Episode 22 — The Arrival
Sean tells a weakened Leila that Sterling has called someone at the CDC who will be able to help her. Leila has given up hope, but Sean begs her to fight the virus with all her might. Meanwhile, Sterling finds a damaging report on Dr. Lu’s computer that shows the rapid spread of the deadly pathogen. After careful research, Sterling learns that the Sleepers are depositing pressurized aerosol containers carrying the virus at three distinct locations (a food processing plant, the Bureau of Engraving, and Dulles Airport).

Carlos and Sophia feel tremors as a city road shakes and street lamps topple over. Sophia tells Carlos that the portal has affected the Earth’s precession; their people will arrive soon. News of the strange earthquake reaches the White House. Before Martinez can act, Sterling calls to urge Martinez to send counterterrorist agents to the three locations the Sleepers are targeting. Martinez says any action will be delayed because he still hasn’t been able to wrest power away from Jarvis. Peel can deploy agents at the food processing plant and at the Bureau of Engraving, but shutting down the airport is beyond Martinez’s reach. Sterling, Simon, Vicky and Sean decide to go to Dulles Airport to do what they can.

Martinez begs Jarvis to step down so he can stop Sophia’s plot. When Jarvis resists, Martinez begs Jarvis to send a biocontainment team to Dulles in order to stop the spread of Sophia’s deadly virus. Jarvis refuses to believe Sophia would kill humans in order to take over the planet. Desperate, Martinez tells Jarvis he’ll let him complete his presidential term as long as he shuts down Dulles. Jarvis won’t budge. He trusts Sophia and doesn’t need Martinez’s cooperation in order to remain President. Jarvis is confident that no matter what Martinez says, the Cabinet will not reinstate him.

Secretly shaken by Martinez’s words, Jarvis calls Sophia to ask if she’s planning to unleash a virus on American soil. Sophia says it’s a total fabrication and reminds Jarvis that she wanted to join forces with him because of his unflagging strength. Concerned, Sophia decides that they should move up the virus’ release time. Meanwhile a reporter at Mt. Shasta says that lava flows from a dormant volcano are puzzling scientists. Locals are concerned that a full-blown eruption will occur any moment.

Federal agents contain the threats at the food processing plant and the Bureau of Engraving. Meanwhile, Sean, Vicky, Sterling and Simon arrive at Dulles looking for Sophia. A Sleeper disguised as a TSA employee sneaks a canister past security and into a secured area of the airport. Devon calls Sophia and tells her that the contamination attempts at the food processing plant and the Bureau of Engraving have been foiled. Infecting people at Dulles Airport becomes Sophia’s only hope. Back at the White House, Martinez’s Cabinet gives him a standing ovation. Suddenly, without warning, Martinez becomes light-headed and collapses to the floor!

Sterling and Simon try to warn an airport employee about Sophia’s plot but he disregards them when they are unable to prove that they’re federal agents. Meanwhile, Sophia bumps into a child who looks exactly like the young victim in her nightmare. For a moment, the gravity of Sophia’s terrible actions seems to sink in. Inside the secured area of the airport, Simon and Sterling shoot at the Sleeper before he gets away with the infected canister. The Sleeper manages to shoot Simon before escaping. Thankfully Simon’s wearing a bulletproof vest. Moments later, Sean and Vicky find the Sleeper handing the canister to Sophia and Carlos. Sean and Vicky shoot and kill the Sleeper, but Sophia escapes. Carlos puts up a fight but Sterling manages to ambush him and shoot him dead.

Due to Martinez’s absence, the Cabinet has no choice but to reject his plea for reinstatement. Just then, Martinez enters with Christina! Jarvis tells the Cabinet that Bethesda Hospital did not discharge Martinez; he left early against their recommendation. When it’s Martinez’s turn to defend himself, he warns the Cabinet about an imminent threat against national security. He claims that Jarvis is working with Sophia to unleash a deadly virus that will decimate mankind. The Cabinet thinks Martinez has clearly lost his mind – that is, until Martinez plays a recording of Jarvis admitting that he poisoned Martinez!

Having swayed the Cabinet, Martinez tells Peel to shut down Dulles Airport. Meanwhile, Sophia locks herself in an airport lounge and takes the infected container out of her bag. Sean begs Sophia to reconsider; after all, the planes have been grounded and all of her other contamination attempts have been foiled. If she releases the virus, it will only kill the people in the airport. It will just be senseless murder and will not benefit her people in any way. Sean is able to get through to Sophia. She puts down the container and allows federal agents to arrest her.

At the White House, Simon, Sterling, Martinez and Peel look for the location of the portal array. They discover that Jarvis had recently moved a satellite from an area near Tibet. Martinez correctly guesses that this means that the portal array must have been nearby. Moments later, Martinez looks at satellite footage of the portal array. Simon points out that since it’s emitting radiation, it’s already been activated. More of them are coming to Earth!

At the White House, Martinez watches news footage of strange earthquakes occurring around the globe. Meanwhile, at a hospital Sean parts ways with Vicky. She thanks him for including her on this transformative journey and bids him farewell. A doctor gives Sean clearance to visit Leila’s hospital room. Leila tells Sean some incredible news: she’s pregnant!

Martinez summons Sophia to his office and demands that she tell him where her people plan on landing. Sophia says she won’t reveal anything. Spreading the virus was an act of mercy. Now that her people are coming, their course of action will be “far from humane.” Then she adds cryptically, “It’s too late.” Suddenly, the ground shakes and in the sky, a strange light can be seen. Then the great mass coalesces into a great planet! A new planet and moon appear on the horizon! “What is it?” Christina’s son asks. “Home,” she replies.
First aired: May 23, 2011.

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Laura May 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Really disappointed to find out today that The Event was cancelled!!!! It is a great show. I never missed an episode! Come on NBC, save it for us!!

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Joe May 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Don’t you just love it how NBC gets you engrossed in a show with a suspensful plot line that gradually builds up to the answer everybody has been waiting for…what is the Event about?? Then does a Lucy and pulls the football away at the last second. So many unaswered questions..was the presidents wife one of them after all??..was a mass genocide of humans about to start?? Guess we will never know thanks to some idiot in NBC’s programming dept.

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Audrey P. May 29, 2011 at 3:43 am

I fell in love with this show during the first episode, and have remained thoroughly interested throughout. I also feel that every actor playing each part was supposed to be doing so. Whoever the was the casting director, my hat is off to you. My God why can’t you people do something right for a change and keep this one on the air.

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John May 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

You blew it again NBC. Television was meant for entertainment. Your line-up is what is keeping you in the toilet. You seem to cancel all the good shows while keeping the drivel.
Keep that up much longer and we will be down to two major networks. My rating for NBC = O

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

that is why I will never watch ANYTHING NBC has to offer they also cancelled FREAKS AND GEEKS, do you remember that……………… I DO NOT HAVE TO WATCH NBC AGAIN, thank God

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George223 May 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I still have hopes that if NBC doesn’t want to invest in the series, maybe they will make an Event TV movie or two.

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Norma Baker May 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I watched The Event faithfully ever week and am so disappointed to hear that NBC has chosen to cancel such a great show………captivating, to say the least!!!
Just when we were to learn what “The Event” actually means NBC decided to drop us off the cliffhanger without a parachute. NBC treat your watchers with more respect, or not, but remember who pays your wages, or not!!!!

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Angela Boykin May 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

What a mistake! Does a show get a chance??? especially on NBC they have cancelled some really great shows this year Chase, Undercovers, now The Event. This is my favorite show and a favorite for many people. The best thing about the show being cancelled is since the event is gone I don’t have to watch NBC ANYMORE!!!!!!

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Debbie May 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Canceling The Event is a mistake. Every time a good series comes on, it is cancelled. Flash Forward was another one. There have at least 4 series that were just cancelled. Not evereybody wants a reality show or what wife is doing what. Some of us actually like smething with grit.
Big mistake NBC.

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Lori S. May 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

The Event is the best show on television. While the writers did blunder here and there, the story was exciting and interesting. Why don’t networks give their new shows time to build an audience! I feel betrayed by not getting a resolution to the story. Maybe a made for tv movie, that could stand alone, would help to satisfy some of the fans. I will be very reluctant to watch a show that does not have an ending with each episode. This cancellation was very disappointing.

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BBCJAX May 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

NBC and ABC have cancelled too many series that I have had a real interest in. Viewers need to let networks know that if they start a TV series they should be committed to air it through to the end. That doesn’t mean to end the series by just cutting viewers off without finishing the whole series because someone at NBC decides it cost too much or the ratings aren’t there. Southland was another well directed NBC series that NBC dropped because it was too expensive for the ratings. Turner Broadcasting Network picked it up and was just renewed for another season. I hope everyone, that followed, the Event will let NBC know their displeasure in how the network let their viewers down. Tell them you will no longer watch NBC shows until their attitude towards their viewers is changed. No wonder NBC is at the bottom in viewer ratings. I will no longer watch new programs on NBC no mater how much they advertise them or interest me. I just don’t like to get sucked in then let down like this. I thought the recent Comcast buyout would change things but it looks like Comcast keep too many of the backward thinking NBC executives around.

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Debbi May 25, 2011 at 5:00 am

I cannot believe that you have cancelled this show. It was one of the best !! What is it, because people have to think a bit, it gets cancelled, yet ”
MIND-NUMBING” shows about women whose only purpose in life is to shop and to sleep with each others husbands remain on the show.

You need to bring back the Event ! And lose the “look whose bring sleeping with whom”

Big Mistake – NBC

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GLO May 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm

The Event needs to come back!!!!!!! It’s great!!!!

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Darian May 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Way to go NBC! Hands down this was the best show on TV and you took it off the air. Please do us all a favor and give the Rights to another Network since you don’t have the B….. to keep it on the air. Here is a idea NBC how about finding a bunch of brainless 22 year old’s that have no perception of reality and all they want to do is get Drunk and sleep together that should boost your ratings. Because that teacher are society so much more than something that stimulates are imagination like THE EVENT did.

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rick higgins May 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

It is a shame that the event was cancelled,it was just picking up steam and was getting very interesting. I hate all the unanswered questions. I think it should be an obligation of a network to hire an author and “finish” the story in book form. I am sure that several hundred thousand of loyal fans would buy the book to see what happens. The viewers have invested a lot of time in the story and deserve a conclusion

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