Sleeper Cell


Sleeper Cell Information

Sleeper Cell is a one-hour drama on the Showtime network that began airing on December 4, 2005. The tagline for the first season was "Friends. Neighbors. Husbands. Terrorists." and the tagline for the second season was "Cities. Suburbs. Airports. Targets." The series was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Miniseries. The eight-episode second season of the series, titled Sleeper Cell: American Terror, premiered on December 10, 2006. Both seasons of Sleeper Cell were originally aired in an unusual fashion, by filming the entire season ahead of time and then airing the episodes on consecutive nights, such that each brand new season was aired for the first time over a period of less than two weeks. In Australia, both seasons originally aired on the Showtime Australia channel in 2006/2007. Re-runs as of 2008 have screened on the showcase channel (part of the Showtime Australia group of channels).

There are currently (as of May 2011) no definite plans for a continuation of the series. However, Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment for Showtime, was reported in July 2007 to have publicly mentioned the possibility of creating a new installment of the series every few years, similar to the structuring of the British television series Prime Suspect, in that there might be an entirely new cast of characters for each season. In this way, the series could become a way to examine the current state of terrorism, and its evolution over time.

As extra material on the first season DVDs reveal, the show was originally named The Cell.

Synopsis

Darwyn Al-Sayeed, a 30-year-old American undercover FBI agent who is a Muslim and embracing Islam as his religion, is assigned to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell that is planning an attack in Los Angeles. The cell is run by a Muslim extremist named Faris al-Farik. Darwyn is supervised by FBI senior agent Ray Fuller, also a close friend who worries for Darwyn's safety.

In the second season, Darwyn infiltrates a new cell that has formed to avenge the defeat of the original cell. When his second handler, Patrice Serxner, is killed in Sudan, Darwyn must try to work with yet another handler, Special Agent Russell. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Gayle is drawn deeper into the intrigue when she's caught between Russell, Darwyn and a member of the cell.

The writers once again offered a non-stereotypical mix of cell members, including a white European woman, a Latino-American man and, in a first for American television, a gay Muslim man.

Cast

Season 1

Actor Role
Michael Ealy Darwyn al-Sayeed (Alias: Darwyn al-Hakim)
Oded Fehr Faris "Farik" al-Farik / Saad bin Safwan
Henri Lubatti Ilija Korjeni"?
Alex Nesic Christian Aumont
Blake Shields Thomas "Tommy" Allen Emerson
Melissa Sagemiller Gayle Bishop

Recurring

  • James LeGros -- Special Agent Ray Fuller
  • Grant Heslov -- "Bobby" Habib (pilot episode)
  • Albert Hall -- The Librarian (2 Episodes)
  • Michael Desante -- FBI Special Agent Alim Saleh (6 Episodes)
  • Joshua Feinman -- FBI Tech (5 episodes)
  • Sonya Walger -- Special Agent Patrice Serxner (4 Episodes)
  • Megan Ward -- Mrs. Fuller (3 Episodes)
  • John Fletcher -- Deputy Attorney General of the US (2 Episodes)
  • Ally Walker -- Lynn Ellen Emerson (3 Episodes)
  • Raj Mann -- Radical Muslim Man
  • Luis Chavez -- Khashul

Season 2

Actor Role
Michael Ealy Darwyn al-Sayeed (Alias: Darwyn al-Hakim)
Oded Fehr Faris "Farik" al-Farik
Henri Lubatti Ilija Korjeni"?
Omid Abtahi Salim
Kevin Alejandro Benito 'Benny' Velasquez
Thekla Reuten Mina
Melissa Sagemiller Gayle Bishop

Recurring

Crew

Writers

  • Ethan Reiff
  • Cyrus Voris
  • Angel Dean Lopez
  • Alexander Woo
  • Kamran Pasha
  • Katherine Lingenfelter
  • Andrew Barrett
  • Nina Fiore (writers' assistant)

Directors

  • Ziad Doueiri
  • Guy Ferland
  • Nick Gomez
  • Leon Ichaso
  • Leslie Libman
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Charles S. Dutton
  • Clark Johnson (Pilot Episode)

Sound Department

  • Paul Haslinger (Composer)
  • Joe Earle (Sound Re-Recording Mixer)
  • Elmo Ponsdomenech (Sound Re-Recording Mixer)
  • Mark Kamps (Supervising Sound Editor)
  • Kevin Roache (Sound Recordist)
  • Matt Fausak (Music Editor)

Episodes

Main article: List of Sleeper Cell episodes

2009 broadcast

DirecTV's The 101 Network and DirecTV on Demand began airing the miniseries on January 28, 2009.

DVD releases

Region 1

DVD NameRelease DateEp #Additional Information
Sleeper CellMarch 14, 200610The entire first season of Sleeper Cell was released as a widescreen three-disc Region 1 DVD box set in the U.S. on March 14, 2006. It was distributed by Showtime Entertainment. In addition to all the episodes that had aired, it included several DVD extras such as episode commentaries by executive producers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, behind-the-scenes footage and making-of features as well as deleted scenes with optional commentary.
Sleeper Cell: American Terror - The Complete Second SeasonMarch 20, 20078The entire second season of Sleeper Cell: American Terror was released as a three-disc Region 1 DVD box set in the U.S. on March 20, 2007. The box for the DVD mistakenly lists the Season 1 cast on the back.

Region 2

DVD NameRelease DateEp #Additional Information
Sleeper CellSeptember 18, 200610The entire first season of Sleeper Cell was released as a widescreen four-disc Region 2 DVD digipak in Europe on September 18, 2006. It was distributed by Tla Releasing. In addition to all the episodes that had aired, it included the same DVD extras as the Region 1 release, such as episode commentaries by executive producers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, behind-the-scenes footage and making-of features as well as deleted scenes with optional commentary.

Region 4

DVD NameRelease DateEp #Additional Information
Sleeper CellAugust 17, 200610The entire first season of Sleeper Cell was released as a widescreen four-disc Region 4 DVD box set in Australia on August 17, 2006. It was distributed by Road Show Video. In addition to all the episodes that had aired, it included DVD extras such as episode commentaries by executive producers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, behind-the-scenes footage and making-of features as well as deleted scenes with optional commentary. In addition to the bonus material included on the Region 1 release, the DVD set featured audio interviews with cast and crew members.



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