by Mike Hughes
"Now and Again," 9 p.m., CBS.
On paper, this might be just another sci-fi tale. An older guy nearly dies; he awakes with his mind inside a taut young body.
There's more to it than that, however. Producer Glenn Gordon Caron says his inspiration was a scene in "Damn Yankees," the musical about a guy transformed into a baseball star.
"No sooner does he become everything he wants to be, than he realizes the thing he wants most in life, really, is to be back with his wife, " Caron says. "That moment made a big impression on me."
Tonight, in the second episode, he gets his chance. The guy (Eric Close) schemes to meet his wife; she thinks she's a widow, of course, and won't recognize his new exterior.
Since this is TV, this age-gap thing is treated timidly. Playing the wife is Margaret Colin, who looks about seven months older than Close.
September 28, 1999
by Mike Hughes
"Now and Again," premiere, 9 p.m., CBS.
At first glance this is just TV being silly: A middle-aged guy (John Goodman in a guest role) nearly dies. He's rescued (or at least his uninjured brain is) by an agency that gives him a sleek body (Eric Close) and an undefined mission.
At the worst, this could be another "Six Million Dollar Man."
But expect the best. Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting") created this show and added a wonderful supporting cast.
Margaret Colin plays the woman who thinks she's a widow. Heather Matarazzo is her daughter and Dennis Haysbert is the doctor.
September 20, 1999