Fox locates "The Finder" for a January debut
For the guy, though, it took some convincing.
"I made a big choice not to do an hour," says
Stults had finally bought a house and didn't want to be sent off to Vancouver or Toronto or Austin, Texas, or any of the other places hour dramas are shot these days, just to wind up having to come back to Los Angeles when it was over. And that included Miami, where "The Finder" -- set in
But the casting people persisted, so Stults read the script, liked it and finally agreed to sit down with Hanson, a witty Canadian who describes himself in his Twitter bio as "slightly cranky."
"I went into the meeting," says Stults. "I hadn't shaved since before Christmas. I had a full beard. I was wearing a hat. I looked like a bum. I walked in the door and sat down and started talking to him. Not even two minutes, and I said to myself, 'Dammit! Two minutes!'
"So I wanted them not to want me to make this decision easy. Hart made the decision that I was his guy."
Stults plays Walter Sherman, an
And just because "The Finder" has a light tone, that doesn't mean the show or Stults take Walter's condition lightly. "My best friend," Stults says, "is in his third tour right now -- two in
"One of the things I found interesting in our little world of Walter is he believes it's his injury that allows him to find things. Whether that's true or not, it's true to Walter, so that's what's important. Those who love him constantly try to get him to seek help. He refuses to do it, because he thinks that if he does, he'll lose his gift."
In Walter's inner circle are Leo Knox (
"I'm a father figure to her," says Duncan. "I don't want anybody messing with her. ... She's a very impressionable young woman. I don't want the ills of the world to affect her. I want to rehabilitate her.
"She has a good soul, and I know that about her. Walter believes she's going to crush my feelings one day. He keeps telling me that."
"I love you down deep," says Hasson. "I'm just fighting it." There's also Deputy U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn), a rising star who both uses Walter's gift and likes him but also recognizes he could become an impediment to her career.
Michael Clarke Duncan, Maddie Hasson, Geoff Stults and Mercedes Masohn (from left) star in "The Finder," premiering Thursday on Fox.