NBC’s New Action Hope: My Own Worst Enemy

Published 7 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

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My Own Worst Enemy is about a man. Actually two men–well, one man, two personalities, er, well, you’ll see.

Christian Slater plays a man plagued by an interesting problem: by day he’s Henry Spivey, an efficiency expert who lives in the suburbs with a wife (Yara Martinez) and the obligatory 2 children and a dog. His other personality is that of Edward Albright, a super-spy operative of the Janus Headquarters who speaks 9 languages, can run a 4 minute mile and is a trained killer.

The division between the two alter egos starts to break down when a chip implant in his brain malfunctions. The two different personalities start finding themselves fighting for control of the one body they inhabit.

I like Christian Slater. He brings an energy to the roles he plays that just agrees with me. He’s got the perfect steely glare that cuts to the chase as an operative. Watching him play a suburban husband is going to be a twist. Watching him play two completely different personalities is also going to be pretty interesting.

Even NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy website has fun playing up the dual identity theme. If you click on Edward, you get a preview of the show and it’s basic premise. If you click on Henry, the preview shows him opening up a video message left for him by Edward. You watch Henry getting confused and panicky as Edward tells him there are men coming to kill him. Edward says that he needs to listen very carefully, his life depends on it.

Because I like Slater and the previews look pretty interesting, for now I plan on tuning in.

My Own Worst Enemy is brought to us by executive producer Jason Smilovic, (this worries me a bit since he was the producer and writer for NBC’s failed Bionic Woman, and before that, Kidnapped,) and is directed by David Semel. It looks like he has a sporadic background of single episodes in his past. This will be his longest running job. He’s produced the The Cleaner‘s only episode, Life, Six Degrees, Studio 60 and “Chapter One Genesis” of Heroes.

There’s a report floating around that the co-executive producer of My Own Worst Enemy, John Eisendrath, is possibly going to be put in the position of executive producer/show runner. Eisendrath was consulting producer of K-Ville. I really thought that was a good, gritty cop show based in post Katrina New Orleans, but it was ill-fated to be chopped. (You’ll never guess what network it was on: Fox.) Eisendrath was also the executive producer of Alias. (Now we’re talkin’!)

The cast of My Own Worst Enemy consists of:
Christian Slater as Henry Spivey/Edward Albright
Saffron Burrows as Dr. Norah Skinner
Madchen Amick as Angie Spivey
Mike O’Malley as Tom Grady/Raymond
Alfre Woodard as Mavis Heller

I’m still a little worried. Should I be? I guess I’ll toss out one of my own favorite sayings: “Time will be the telling factor”. OK, onward with some enthusiasm: If one remembers their classic books, is it coincidental that Henry and Edward are also the first names of Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde?

And another quick quiz: Does anyone else think of the planet Mars when you read the show outline in this article? If no one gets the reference, I’ll fill you in a bit later in the comments!

Regardless, I look forward to watching the 13 ordered episodes on NBC and hopefully it will last.

My Own Worst Enemy starts on Monday, October 13th at 10 PM. (Yes, the ill-fated Monday at 10 time slot that killed Journeyman, if I’m not mistaken.)

Sources: NBC, Hollywood Insider, IGN

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  1. I agree, I like Slater…especially when he’s not doped up on illegal substances, lol.

    I really liked him in that Broken arrow flick with John Travolta.

    I’m definately gonna give this series a shot, along with Fringe and Dollhouse, which I’m REALLY excited for.

  2. I’m with ya Rob, though I’m stoicly holding my breath on Fringe.

  3. yeah bruce, I thought of Total Recall too.
    I kept thinking does his wife or his psychiatrist have two personalities ?

  4. Rob,
    Really excited about Dollhouse.
    not sure About Fringe but I will try it out.

  5. Since the Olympics are getting great rating Slaters show is getting two solid weeks of advertising.
    It might increase audience awareness come premiere week.

  6. Ding Ding Ding… We Have A Winner!!! Sorry Gary, no door prize, unless you’d like a NASCAR diecast… (I’ve got over a 1,000 of them).

    Even though Henry’s wife isn’t a double minded agent, (That I know of) there is another agent in the cast, if you’ve noticed the dual role listing of Mike O’Malley.

  7. Wait a minute! I knew the answer! Gary stole my answer!

    (No door prize)

    Well forget it then. :oP

    I like Christian Slater. Even the movies he’s been in that bombed I felt he did a good job. I did get the Total Recall reference, and on that – Was he or wasn’t he a spy? Was he still in that chair or was he an agent for real? The package said he would save the planet and get the girl, which is exactly what happened. I say he’s labotomized.

  8. A Scanner Darkly was the one that occurred to me as a comparison as well. And if Gemini Division is some kind of Blade Runner ripoff, that Philip K Dick’s getting around, isn’t he? Christian Slater’s one of those I could watch in just about anything, I must admit.

    In fact, in true PKD style, the Gemini Division thread appears to have vanished. Did I dream it? Was it ever actually there? Do I really exist, or am I a result of Christian Slater casting the I Ching?

  9. Is it just me or is this a subversive tv show that subconsiously is prepping society for implants.


    Looks kinda interesting. 8-)

  10. 790: yes.

    The Big Dentist: You only exist when you think you exist. The moment you focus on something other than yourself, you become that which you focus on.

    See, now… I am gone.. *poof*

  11. Ah, I see, Bruce…there is no spoon…but there might be fork of some kind…

  12. My apologies… I skipped this entire article and all the comments just to say…

    Christian Slater? No thanks, I’ll pass!

  13. It’s pretty clearly a Jekyll and Hyde update, and with every new detail I see, it’s looking more and more like this production is using an earlier update that the Brits did, JEKYLL, as a model for this one, right down to the idea of having the alter-egos leave video messages for each other, and the involvement of a big corporation that seems to have created the situation in the first place. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out, as the British update was outstanding.

  14. I want Edward / Henry’s cell phone!! Does anyone know who makes it?


    By the way, I sure hope FOX or HBO or Showtime pick this show up! It’s so creative, action-packed and real live. “My Own Worst Enemy” has got it all!

  15. Bonnie,

    I think some of the newer phones that are out today have features like that… Just head to your local cell phone service provider store and ask about phones with the features that attracted you.

    My Consumer Advice: (I do consumer research) is to gather your information from the sales person, but DON’T buy upfront. Once you have info, get online and research what folks have to say about the different phones and services available. The last thing you want to do is get hooked up with a fluke of a lemon or paying for services you don’t need because you fell victim to a sales pitch. I like Consumer Reports for their reviews, but that’s just me. They’ve served me well for the last 10 years.

    Also, I edited your (http) entry on the comment. I don’t think you want your email address readily available for all to see and or snag.