‘The Finder’: A drama with a sense of humor

Walter (Geoff Stults) and his team were introduced in an episode of “Bones” last year. In the premiere of the spin-off “The Finder,” airing tonight at 9 on Fox, 
Walter is asked to find a missing military pilot.

The irreverent new Fox drama “The Finder” follows Walter Sherman, an Iraq war veteran who can track down just about anything. But one thing that’s never lost on this show is a sense of humor.

Walter believes his gift as a “finder” is, in no small part, due to brain damage he suffered in an explosion while serving in the Army Military Police, which also left him with little in the way of etiquette. “It’s a great story engine for us to have a lead character who is never held back by social constraints,” series creator Hart Hanson said while promoting the show at the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday. “He says what he thinks. He blurts. He’s insulting.
Sometimes he will shriek when he sees things, and other times he will attack a hit man. It depends on how threatened he feels and how much he’s understanding what’s happening around him.”

Finding the right leading man to take on Walter’s quirky tendencies wasn’t an easy task, Hanson said — this definitely isn’t your straight-ahead, “CSI”-type detective. It’s hard to find “a guy as handsome as Geoff Stults who is willing to be a goof,” the producer said.

But Stults demurred the compliment, relishing in Walter’s offbeat ways. “The thing that drew me to the character and the show … was they created a character where a leading man can be quirky,” Stults said. “I love that Walter doesn’t take himself seriously.”

“The Finder” and his sidekicks

Walter doesn’t work alone in his quest to find what is lost. His team includes legal advisor Leo (Michael Clarke Duncan) and Isabel (Mercedes Masohn), his girlfriend who happens to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Both are concerned about Walter’s health and unbridled passion for the hunt.
   
“One thing that Leo and Isabel agree upon when it comes to Walter’s condition is that if he doesn’t find something, it could either kill him or put him in the loony bin,” said Hanson. “How to deal with that, they differ on. Leo says, ‘We have to help him find everything, and we can’t let him take any jobs where it’s impossible.’ Isabel would prefer that he went and got proper help.”
 
For more updates from TCA, follow Amber Ray on Twitter @amberatmetro



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

School zones across city to get speed cameras

New Yorkers who speed through a school zone may be more likely to get a ticket in the coming weeks, whether or not a uniformed…

Local

NYPD looking for man they say assaulted elderly…

      The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Hispanic male 20's wanted in connection with…

Local

Three arrested after allegedly assaulting off-duty officer in…

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting an off-duty officer at a Bronx bodega, and the NYPD is asking for the public's…

Local

Healthcare union creates vibrant West Indian Day Parade…

Volunteers worked almost around the clock through the weekend, putting the flashy finishing touches on hundreds of costume pieces 1199SEIU members will wear while marching…

Music

Lincoln Center just made 'Lord of the Rings'…

Middle Earth already has sweeping vistas, a hero's journey and technology-revolutionizing special effects. But next April, the Lincoln Center will add another dimension to Peter Jackson's…

Gossip

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth apparently love each…

Miley Cyrus may have broken off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth almost a year ago, but that doesn't mean she doesn't still have feelings for…

The Word

The Word: Charlize Theron isn't perfect, so stop…

We've been thinking a lot about famous women's bodies this week, obviously, so here's some food for thought to go with all that virtual ogling.…

Arts

Theater: Discouraging 'Poor Behavior'

Theresa Rebeck's latest off-Broadway play, about two couples sparring on a weekend getaway, repeats a few mistakes of her past.

Sports

Novak Djokovic feeds off US Open crowd to…

Novak Djokovic isn't a native New Yorker, but he sure knows how to use the U.S. Open crowd to his advantage.

NFL

Odell Beckham still 'weeks away,' Tom Coughlin angry…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

Wellbeing

Jason Hope helps push anti-aging efforts forward

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article When it comes to age-related illness, the direction of modern medicine seems more reactive than proactive. In…

Wellbeing

Today's Doomsday preppers: a closer look at survivalist…

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. The term “Doomsday prepper” is often associated with the paranoid, anti-government stereotype of the 1990s. The truth…

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…

Sex

When it comes to dating, height matters

Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating? Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.…