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Encyclopedia > The Pretender (TV series)
The Pretender

Miss Parker, Jarod and Sydney of The Pretender.
Genre Drama
Running time 60 minutes
Creator(s) Steven Long Mitchell
Craig W. Van Sickle
Starring Michael T. Weiss
Andrea Parker
Patrick Bauchau
Jon Gries
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
Original channel NBC
Original run September 9, 1996May 13, 2000
No. of episodes 86 (List of episodes)
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC for four seasons between 1996 and 2000. After it was cancelled, two TV movies were made that picked up where the series left off. Image File history File links Pretenderpromo. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Biographies. ... Craig W. Van Sickle, credited in many different ways, is a well-known creator, executive producer, writer, and director in majorly Television. ... Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Andrea Nicole Parker (born March 8, 1969 in Monterey County, California) is an American actress and former ballet dancer. ... Patrick Bauchau (born December 6, 1938 in Brussels) is a Belgian actor who has starred in many different TV shows and movies, including A View to a Kill, The Pretender, Kindred: The Embraced, The Rapture, Panic Room, and Carnivàle. ... Jon Gries (born June 17, 1957 in Glendale, California) is an American actor, writer and director. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Pretender is a television series that originally ran on NBC for four seasons between 1996 and 2000. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Telefilm redirects here. ...

Contents

Synopsis

The show revolved around a young man named Jarod, who was abducted from his parents as a child and raised by an organization called "The Centre". Jarod's handlers at the Centre used his beyond-genius IQ to train him to become a "Pretender", someone who can integrate himself into any walk of life, who can become an expert in any field - no matter how complex.


When Jarod, a compassionate and caring man, eventually discovered the Centre was using the information gathered from his "simulations" for nefarious purposes, he soon escaped. Travelling around the United States, adopting various identities, he used his gift to help people in need, haunted not only by the blood on his hands but also by operatives from the Centre, who pursued him relentlessly throughout the show's run.


Cast

Main cast

This table represents the appearance of the main cast throughout The Pretender series. What is represented in this chart is the number of episodes appeared in, and appearances in The Pretender 2001 [1] and The Pretender: Island of the Haunted [2] movies. The Pretender 2001 (also called Pretender 2001) was the first of the two The Pretender telemovies to air after the series was cancelled from the NBC. It originally aired on TNT on January 22, 2001. ...

Character Played by # of episodes 2001 Island of the Haunted
Jarod Michael T. Weiss 86 Yes Yes
Miss Parker Andrea Parker 86 Yes Yes
Sydney Patrick Bauchau 86 Yes Yes
Broots Jon Gries 85 Yes Yes
Young Jarod/Gemini Ryan Merriman 48 No No
Dr. William Raines Richard Marcus 45 Yes Yes
Mr. Lyle Jamie Denton 36 Yes Yes
Mr. Parker Harve Presnell 31 Yes Yes
Sam the Sweeper Sam Ayers 31 No Yes
Angelo aka Timmy Paul Dillon 23 Yes Yes
Brigitte Parker Pamela Gidley 17 No No
Willie the Sweeper Willie Gault 14 No No
Young Miss Parker Ashley Peldon 12 No No
Magaret, Jarod's mom Kim Myers 10 No Yes
Thomas Gates Jason Brooks 8 No No
Mr. Cox Lenny Von Dohlen 5 No No
Young Angelo/Timmy Jake Lloyd 5 No No
Major Charles George Lazenby 4 No No
Ethan Clausen/Mirage Tyler Christopher 2 Yes No

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Back story

Jarod was raised by "The Centre" (based in the fictional town of Blue Cove, Delaware), where he was specially trained to develop his unique intelligence and abilities as a Pretender. Sydney, his mentor, and father-figure, coached him to run simulations in which Jarod used his unique gift to help people. Jarod later found out that The Centre wasn't using the simulations to help people but to harm them. Having escaped, Jarod is trying to clear his conscience, but The Centre is never far behind. Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  Ranked 49th  - Total 2,491 sq mi (6,452 km²)  - Width 30 miles (48 km)  - Length 100 miles (161 km)  - % water 21. ...


Miss Parker (daughter of the man in charge, Mr. Parker), Sydney (Jarod's mentor), and Broots (a computer genius), are the Centre team charged with recapturing Jarod. (Although Parker, Bauchau, and Gries were constant presences throughout the series, other members of the pursuit team came and went- notably Jamie Denton as Mr. Lyle, the show's most unambiguous villain.) Richard Marcus and Harve Presnell appear as their superiors at the Centre. Andrea Parker also plays Miss Parker's mother, Catherine Parker, in flashback scenes, and Patrick Bauchau Sydney's twin brother Jacob.


Series

After the series was cancelled, it was picked up in syndication by Turner Network Television. Two telemovies -- The Pretender 2001 and Island of the Haunted -- were aired on TNT in 2001; partly as a result of pressure from fans who staged a global email campaign. A third telemovie was promised, but has not been made as of 2007, despite further pressure from fans who feel that it is needed to tie up the remaining loose ends. The creators of the show, Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle stated in an interview on the French DVD of the telemovies that they have already written an ending and all they need is financing to produce the final Pretender movie. Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and launched with a showing of his favorite film, Gone with the Wind, on October 3, 1988. ... Telefilm redirects here. ... The Pretender 2001 (also called Pretender 2001) was the first of the two The Pretender telemovies to air after the series was cancelled from the NBC. It originally aired on TNT on January 22, 2001. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Biographies. ... Craig W. Van Sickle, credited in many different ways, is a well-known creator, executive producer, writer, and director in majorly Television. ...


Reruns of The Pretender have aired and still air in many countries worldwide.


Episodes

The Pretender is a television series that originally ran on NBC for four seasons between 1996 and 2000. ...

Trivia

  • The words to the first season opening narration are: There are pretenders among us. Geniuses with the ability to be become anyone they want to be. In 1963, a corporation known as the Centre isolated a young pretender named Jarod and exploited his genius for their research. Then, one day, their pretender ran away...
  • The pilot gives the wording as follows: There are extraordinary individuals among us known as PRETENDERS. Geniuses with the ability to insinuate themselves into any walk of life, to literally become anyone. In 1963, a corporation called the Centre isolated one such PRETENDER, a young boy named Jarod. Locked in a controlled environment, they exploited his genius for their "unofficial" research. Then, one day, their PRETENDER ran away. This version appeared a paragraph at a time in a static position on screen unlike the opening used from episode two on which scrolled from bottom to top (except for the final sentence which dramatically appeared in the center of the screen after the other text had faded). Both openings appeared as blue text on a black background.
  • Subsequent seasons have the following narration:
    • On screen: there are Pretenders among us
    • Narrator: There are Pretenders among us.
    • Jarod: I was taken from my family
    • On screen: a child genius
    • Young Sydney: Thirty-six hours and he's already demonstrating more talent than any of our others.
    • On screen: exploited by the Centre
    • Jarod: How many people died because of what I thought up?
    • Jarod: Since I broke out...
    • On screen: escaped
    • Jarod: ...I've spent every moment searching for my past.
    • On screen: the pretender (title logo)
    • Miss Parker: He's a Pretender, a genius who can become anyone that he wants to be.
    • Sydney: The Centre wants him alive.
    • Miss Parker: Preferably.
    • Miss Parker: He defends the weak and abused.
    • Jarod: Life's a gift.
    • Patient: Are you a doctor?
    • Jarod: I am today.
  • The building seen in nearly every episode and identified as "The Centre" is actually the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant, located in Toronto, Canada. The same building also appears as Genomex headquarters in the series Mutant X, the clinic in In the Mouth of Madness and in some episodes of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal.
  • Most regular characters are almost always addressed by one name, either their first or their surname, never by their full name. Most of the character's full names are never even revealed (The only exceptions to this would be Dr. William Raines and Catherine Elaine Parker (whose maiden name was Catherine Jamison). Catherine's middle name is revealed on a DSA by Dr. Raines preceding her autopsy in Season 4 Episode 19.
  • The second season's episodes "Scott Free" and "Stolen" and the fourth season's episode "Cold Dick" are the only Pretender episodes in which Jarod doesn't use his first name in the "pretend"; in these episodes, he impersonates other characters (R.H. Cross, George Harper, and Dick Dixon respectively).
  • According to show creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, the character of Jarod was inspired by serial impostor Ferdinand Waldo Demara.
  • Miss Parker's first name is never revealed. Some fans have speculated that it may have been "Monica", because in one episode it seems like she is called "Monica" by an old high school boyfriend. The man actually calls her "Parker" with an Italian accent. In the first season Christmas episode "Not Even a Mouse," while unpacking Christmas ornaments, Miss Parker comes across one with the inscription: "To: Mom / Merry / Christmas / Love, M.P. / 1969" This seems to indicate that Miss Parker's first initial is "M." Conversely, it may be a humorous inclusion by the writers indicating that "Miss" is such a frequent address that it is practically her first name.
  • It was formerly posted on the TNT Pretender website that Miss Parker's character's name had not been chosen until they auditioned Andrea Parker and that her name fit the character so well, they decided to keep it.
  • Miss Parker's first name is only ever seen spoken in Season One, Episode Three, in which Young Miss Parker can be seen whispering Jarod her real name. The audience never hears what is whispered.
  • In the first season episode "Dragon House, Part 1" Jarod finds his parents' old Bible. Turning to a bookmarked page, he finds the highlighted text, "6 And under the hand of God, Ye little children shall never be lost." No such Bible verse exists; it was created for the show. The passage displayed on screen is from Joshua 19, which is a list of Israeli territories broken down by tribe. The actual text of Joshua 19:6 is "And Bethlebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen cities and their villages:" This verse has been removed and replaced by the highlighted text.
  • The fourth season episode "Extreme," in which Jarod infiltrates an extreme sports group, is a reworking of an episode from an earlier series that The Pretender creators Stephen Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle co-created/co-wrote, Cobra. A scene where Jarod is tied to a chair and thrown in a swimming pool is nearly identical.
  • Michael T. Weiss portrayed his Jarod character on the TV series Profiler during an NBC crossover event. The first half of the plot was shown on an episode of The Pretender (in which the main two characters from the Profiler show appeared), and the second half crossed over onto an episode of Profiler (in which Michael T. Weiss guest starred). Jarod helped the lead characters of Profiler to rescue a child who was being used to assassinate former scientists involved in studies revolving around super-soldier applications. The character was a police officer named Jarod Doyle, and he disappeared at the end of the episode, presumably on to another "pretend." Also in that episode, while Jarod Doyle was talking with one of the main characters in his room, a Mr. Potato Head could be seen beside a computer on the table between them, which was a reference to the prior Pretender episode in which Jarod gives a computer sketch artist a box filled with Mr. Potato Head sets as a gift for aging his mother's photo to "present day".
  • Season 3, Episode 1, "Crazy" contains a meta reference. When a psychiatrist asks Jarod for his last name, he responds, "I don't know. It changes every week."
  • Season 4, Episode 17 is an episode-long homage to Reservoir Dogs where Jarod infiltrates a gang that only knows each other by pseudonyms. The episode ends with all gang members turning on each other and the police storming the place.

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Awards and nominations

Awards won

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  • Outstanding Guest Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama Series - Tyler Christopher (2001)

Young Artist Awards: Tyler Christopher Tyler Christopher (AKA. Tyler Baker) (born Tyler Christopher Baker, November 11, 1972, Joliet, Illinois, USA) is an actor best known for his role on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital as Nikolas Cassadine, scion of the powerful Cassadine family. ... The Young Artist Award is an award which is presented yearly by the Young Artist Foundation. ...

  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor - Seth Adkins (1999)
  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actor - Ryan Merriman (1998-1999)

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Awards nominated

Emmy Awards: An Emmy Award. ...

Golden Satellite Award: Mark Leggett is a Los Angeles-based, twice Emmy nominated composer who has contributed to hundreds of television and documentary productions in the U.S. Credits include television series My Name Is Earl , theme music for The Pretender (Emmy nominated), Young Americans, Red Handed. ... Velton Ray Bunch is American film & television composer. ... The International Press Academy is the largest entertainment press organization on Earth. ...

  • Best TV Series-Drama (1998-1999)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series - Michael T. Weiss (1998-1999)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series - Andrea Parker (1999)

Saturn Award: Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Andrea Nicole Parker (born March 8, 1969 in Monterey County, California) is an American actress and former ballet dancer. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ...

Young Artist Award: Michael Terry Weiss (born February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... The Young Artist Award is an award which is presented yearly by the Young Artist Foundation. ...

  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series for Guest Starring Young Actor - Zachary Browne (1998)
  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series for Guest Starring Young Actress - Caitlin Wachs (2000)
  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series for Guest Starring Young Actress - Ashley Peldon (1999)
  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series for Young Actor - Ryan Merriman (1997)
  • Best Performance in a TV Drama Series for Young Actress - Ashley Peldon (1997)

YoungStar Award: Zachary Browne (born March 28, 1985 in Sacramento, California) is an American television and film actor. ... Wachs in the Commander-in-Chief episode, First Scandal Caitlin Wachs (born March 15, 1989 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American actress. ... Ashley Peldon Ashley Peldon (born April 2nd, 1984 in New York, New York) is a TV and film actress. ... Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. ... Ashley Peldon Ashley Peldon (born April 2nd, 1984 in New York, New York) is a TV and film actress. ...

  • Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV Series - Ryan Merriman (1997,1999-2000)

Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. ...

Region 1 DVD releases

DVD Name Cover Art Release Date
The Pretender - TV Starter Set March 22, 2005
The Pretender - The Complete First Season March 22, 2005
The Pretender - The Complete Second Season September 20, 2005
The Pretender - The Complete Third Season February 14, 2006
The Pretender - The Complete Fourth Season July 18, 2006
The Pretender: Movie Edition - The Pretender 2001
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted
March 13, 2007

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References

    External links

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