Hollywood Live: Jessie L. Martin Finally has his own show


Jesse L. Martin attends the The CW Network's 2016 Upfront Presentation on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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Jesse L. Martin finally has his own show, and it’s about time. As you might guess, it’s a procedural show — that’s what he cut his teeth on. From 1999 to 2008, he starred as Detective Ed Green on “Law & Order.”

Altogether, he was the fifth longest serving cast member behind S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, and Steven Hill.

This time, Martin is the star and plays Dr. Alec Mercer. Here’s what his new show, “The Irrational,” focuses on in his words:

“‘The Irrational’ follows a behavioral psychologist by the name of Alec Mercer, played by myself, Jesse L. Martin. It’s just standard procedural with nothing standard about it. You basically follow this guy through his personal life and his professional life, and he has the bonus of being very tuned in on human behavior and the deficit of being very tuned in on human behavior. So you can imagine how much that would affect his personal life, certainly benefits his professional life, but personal life gets a little funny, and therein lies the drama.”

Alec’s crime solving methods do add some fun psychological wrinkles to this procedural formula. The show premieres on NBC in primetime. Check it out.

And again, congratulations to Jesse L. Martin. He has always represented us very well.

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