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Interview: Life Star Damian Lewis & Creator Rand Ravich – Sept 29, 2008

Interview: “Life” Star Damian Lewis & Creator Rand Ravich

By Jim Halterman – The Futon Critic – September 29, 2008

Tonight marks the season two launch of of “Life,” the crime drama starring Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews, the quirky detective who spent 12 years of his life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. And as an extra boost for its sophomore run, “Life” will follow “Heroes” this Monday and next in addition to its regular time period of Fridays at 10:00/9:00c. Jim Halterman talked to Lewis, co-star Sarah Shahi and executive producer/co-creator Rand Ravich about the new season.

Ravich wanted to give some advice to viewers who didn’t get a chance to check out “Life” during its first season, which was shortened by the WGA strike. Viewers, he said, should not “be afraid [and] although �Life’ has a reputation for being slightly serialized, this year starts all over again. I mean, if you had never seen this show before you can come to the first episode this year and be caught up by the end of the recap, which is only 21 seconds long.” He also encouraged new viewers by saying, “We’ve constructed the first episode to act as kind of a booster pilot. So you will not be left behind if you come fresh.”

Lewis, a Brit who masterfully uses an American accent with the Crews character, joked that in the new season “Crews will continue to bounce back between the kind of pick and mix candy store girls that keep falling in his lap metaphorically and literally.” However, speaking more seriously, he offered, that Crews would continue to feel “the ongoing heartache with his ex-wife (Jennifer Siebel).” As for his partner in crime fighting, he said, “His relationship with Dani Reese (Shahi) improves steadily, weekly. They seem to have a good, solid respect for each other and accept one another’s differences.”

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