SEASON TWO OF THE A&E HIT SCRIPTED DRAMA "THE CLEANER" PREMIERES ON TUESDAY, JUNE 23 AT 10PM ET/PT
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, THE SERIES STARS BENJAMIN BRATT, GRACE PARK, AMY-PRICE FRANCIS AND ESTEBAN POWELL
GUEST STARS INCLUDE WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MIA KIRSHNER, GARY COLE, REBECCA GAYHEART, SHIRLEY JONES, CHRISTINE LAHTI, LORI PETTY, TYLER JAMES WILLIAMS, JAYNE BROOK AND MORE
NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2009 - Season two of the hit A&E original scripted drama series "The Cleaner," starring Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park, Amy Price-Francis and Esteban Powell premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10PM ET/PT. The second season will feature thirteen one-hour episodes.
In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis, "The Cleaner" averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime, becoming the number one original drama in A&E history.
Inspired by the true story of real life "extreme interventionist" Warren Boyd, who also co-executive produces the series, "The Cleaner" stars Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates Akani Cuesta (Park) and Arnie Swenton (Powell) employ an unconventional � and often by any means necessary � approach to getting addicts and those who surround them to realize they've reached rock-bottom and help them begin the process of recovery. With every success and failure, William wrestles with his commitment to his work and his love for his wife Melissa (Price-Francis) and their children through an unusual relationship with God.
Whoopi Goldberg guest stars in the series premiere, "Hello America," as William's (Bratt) former sponsor who resurfaces when an addict he is called to help is one she currently sponsors. The addict (Gary Cole), a former friend and fellow program member, happens to be a high-profile national news anchor who is a spokesperson for recovery and is struggling with his sobriety in the face of his wife's (Jayne Brook) battle with cancer. William juggles the case while moving back in with his wife Melissa (Price-Francis) to create a fa�ade of happiness while her parents (Mariette Hartley and Barry Newman) are in town.
Additional guest stars featured in the second season, which is currently in production in Los Angeles, include Mia Kirshner ("The L Word"), Rebecca Gayheart ("Vanished"), Shirley Jones ("The Patridge Family"), Christine Lahti (Obsessed), "Lori Petty ("House M.D."), Rachel Boston ("The Ex List"), Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris"), Charles Esten ("Big Love"), Diana Scarwid ("Pushing Daisies"), Brian Van Holt ("John From Cincinnati"), Michael Beach ("Stargate Atlantis"), Raymond J. Barry ("Cold Case"), Joe Don Baker (Strange Wilderness), Steve Landesberg ("Head Case"), Jonathan Adams ("Bones"), Kate del Castillo (Julia), Tom Bower (Appaloosa), Madeline Carroll (Swing Vote), Janina Gavankar ("The L Word"), Alice Amter ("Big Bang Theory"), Paul Schulze ("The Sopranos"), Noah Bean ("Damages"), Jeanette Brox ("Heroes"), Nasser Faris ("24"), Jamie McShane ("Sons of Anarchy"), Ingrid Rogers ("All My Children"), Taylor Handley ("Southland"), Sterling Beaumon ("Lost"), Joel McKinnon Miller ("Big Love"), Samantha Shelton ("Monarch Cove"), Jon Sklaroff ("The Beast") and Maxim Knight ("Our First Christmas").
"The Cleaner" is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Once A Frog Productions for A&E Network. The series was created and is executive produced by Jonathan Prince ("Cane," "American Dreams") and Robert Munic. David Hollander ("The Guardian") also serves as executive producer. Jay Silverman and Warren Boyd are co-executive producers and Benjamin Bratt serves as producer.
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