The Nine (TV series)

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The Nine
The Nine intro.jpg
Genre Serial drama
Created by Hank Steinberg
K.J. Steinberg
Starring Lourdes Benedicto
John Billingsley
Jessica Collins
Tim Daly
Dana Davis
Camille Guaty
Chi McBride
Kim Raver
Scott Wolf
Composer(s) Steven Bramson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Sunset Road Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04) –
August 8, 2007 (2007-08-08)

The Nine is an American serial drama television series that aired on ABC from October 4, 2006 to August 8, 2007, for only one season. The show was created by Hank Steinberg and produced by Warner Bros. Television.


Nine people, mostly strangers to each other, are linked together when they are held hostage in a bank robbery gone wrong. In each episode, viewers learn new details of the 52-hour standoff, of which only brief snippets are seen.

The pilot episode establishes the events which the rest of the series will embellish. Two men enter the bank, armed, and quickly restrain both the security guard and an off-duty police officer. Viewers see details of what brought each person to the bank that day.

Some time after the end of the standoff, the former hostages arrange a meeting with one another in an effort to stay in touch and help each other. Various characters also form relationships apart from the group and maintain regular contact with each other during the week, while others are connected through relationships that predate the events in the bank.


Main characters

  • Lourdes Benedicto as Eva Rios, a teller in the bank that is robbed and single mother. Eva is injured during the standoff and dies shortly thereafter. Eva is Franny's sister.
  • John Billingsley as Egan Foote, a data processor. Egan begins the series severely depressed and suicidal. He is in the bank the day of the robbery to kill himself in the bathroom. After the standoff, he is hailed as a hero and feels that he has a "new lease on life".
  • Jessica Collins as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Miller, a social worker. Lizzie is in a serious relationship with Jeremy at the beginning of the series. She finds out she is pregnant before walking into the bank.
  • Tim Daly as Nick Cavanaugh, a police officer who happens to be a customer in the bank during the robbery. Nick has a gambling problem. Just prior to the robbery, Nick and Eva arranged to go out on a date.
  • Dana Davis as Felicia Jones, a high-school student and daughter of Malcolm. Felicia is in the bank when the robbery occurs. After the standoff, she develops amnesia and cannot remember anything from the event.
  • Camille Guaty as Francesca "Franny" Rios, a bank teller and Eva's sister.
  • Chi McBride as Malcolm Jones, the bank manager and Felicia's father.
  • Kim Raver as Kathryn Hale, an Assistant District Attorney. Kathryn is in the bank with her mother at the time of the robbery; her mother is set free. Kathryn's boyfriend proposes after the robbery. She accepts but has a connection with Nick.
  • Scott Wolf as Jeremy Kates, a cardiothoracic surgeon. Jeremy is in a serious relationship with Lizzie at the start of the series.
  • Owain Yeoman as Lucas Dalton, one of the two bank robbers. His brother is the other robber. Lucas seems to have a strange connection to Felicia.
  • Jeffrey Pierce as Randall Reese, Lucas's brother and colleague during the bank robbery.

Recurring guest characters

  • Tom Verica as Ed Nielson (11 episodes): Kathryn's colleague and boyfriend.
  • Michael Emanuel as Tom Mitchell (9 episodes): security guard at the bank who is killed during the robbery.
  • Kim Staunton as Naomi Jones (9 episodes): Malcolm's wife and Felicia's mother.
  • Susan Sullivan as Nancy Hale (7 episodes): Kathryn's mother who is released from the bank during the robbery.
  • Eric Lively as Brad (5 episodes)
  • Hunter Clary as Ricky Rios (5 episodes): Eva's son and Franny's nephew.
  • April Grace as Andrea Williams (5 episodes): Kathryn's campaign leader when she is running for D.A.
  • Jamie McShane as Henry Vartak (5 episodes): Nick's colleague with whom he has a rather unpleasant working relationship.
  • Lillian Hurst as Consuela Hernandez (4 episodes): Eva and Franny's grandmother who has raised both of them.
  • Veronica Cartwright as Barbara Dalton (3 episodes): Lucas and Randall's mother.
  • Bonita Friedericy as Mary Foote (3 episodes): Egan's wife.
  • JoBeth Williams as Sheryl Kates (2 episodes): Jeremy's mother
  • Corey Stoll as Alex Kent (2 episodes)


Broadcast history

The show premiered on October 4, 2006, on ABC, in the 10 o'clock (Eastern Standard Time zone) slot after Lost. In Canada, the series debuted on CTV on October 10. In the UK, the show was picked up by Five; it was due to begin airing in 2007. However, it was not actually shown by that network until July 2008, when it began airing on Five's sister channel, Five US.

In late November 2006, ABC took The Nine off its schedule. In March 2007, ABC announced that while the rest of the 13-episode season might be aired over the following month, the show had been officially canceled due to poor ratings and there would be no second season.[1] On May 15, 2007, the series was officially cancelled by ABC.[2]

ABC later revived The Nine beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2007.[3] After the first two showings set record ratings lows, the final run of The Nine was dropped by ABC – along with The Knights of Prosperity – to make room for According to Jim, Primetime: The Outsiders and NASCAR in Primetime on Wednesdays.[4] On August 16, 2007, the network announced that the remaining episodes would be released on and would be available until September 24, 2007.[5]

In March 2009, DirecTV announced a deal made with Warner Bros. to show all episodes of the series on its The 101 Network channel, beginning May 27, 2009.[6]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Alex Graves Hank Steinberg & K.J. Steinberg October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)
It was a day like any other day. But when nine strangers enter a bank, they are caught in an event they never thought will happen to them. Once it is over, their lives change -- forever. In this episode, we see the aftermath of a 52-hour nightmare and meet these nine people as they try to get back to their normal lives.
2 "Heroes Welcome" Alex Graves Hank Steinberg & K.J. Steinberg October 11, 2006 (2006-10-11)
The nine hostages begin the return to their lives after the bank robbery. Nick's job with the police is in jeopardy as Egan becomes a media superstar and Jeremy takes the situation into his own hands.
3 "What's Your Emergency?" Alex Graves K.J. Steinberg October 18, 2006 (2006-10-18)
Kathryn returns to work and she finds out she is unable to disconnect from the events of the robbery, although she is still on top of her game. Meanwhile, Felicia is trying to regain the memory of what happened inside the bank during those 52 hours and Jeremy is emotionally confused over something he did at the hospital.
4 "Brother's Keeper" Andrew Bernstein Hank Steinberg & K.J. Steinberg October 25, 2006 (2006-10-25)
Lizzie leads a crusade to face Randall in court, although Nick disagrees. Egan invites Jeremy to his friend's bachelor party. Meanwhile, Franny is receiving harassing phone calls from Ricky's father in prison, and Nick advises her to talk to Kathryn.
5 "All About Eva" Christopher Misiano Tom Szentgyorgyi November 1, 2006 (2006-11-01)
Malcolm deals with conflicting responsibilities to the bank and to a dead friend's widow. Nick and Kathryn uncover a startling revelation about the bank robbery and Eva, and Franny learns Lizzie is pregnant with Jeremy's child.
6 "Take Me Instead" Alex Graves Joy Gregory November 8, 2006 (2006-11-08)
Lizzie reveals a connection with Lucas that was established during the bank robbery. Egan plans a poker party, and Kathryn sees a new side to Nick and makes a decision about her future. Jeremy and Franny decide to take their relationship a step further.
7 "Outsiders" Dean White K.J. Steinberg November 22, 2006 (2006-11-22)
While looking through Eva's things, Franny finds something disconcerting. Jeremy and Lizzie reveal their own secret of what happened between them during the robbery. Meanwhile, Nick's ex-wife is back in his life bringing her troubles with her.
8 "Turning Point" Daniel Attias Tom Garrigus August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01)
Kathryn receives the mayor's support for the office of District Attorney, which could lead to a turning point in her career. Eight of the nine hostages are brought to the DA's office to discuss the security guard's death. Meanwhile, Lizzie becomes aware of the relationship between Jeremy and Franny.
9 "You're Being Watched" Mary Harron Story by : Tom Szentgyorgyi
Teleplay by : Hank Steinberg
August 8, 2007 (2007-08-08)
A note is found suggesting that the nine are being watched. Soon after, Lizzie disappears, and Jeremy and Egan turn to Nick for help. Meanwhile, the rest of the group learns of Franny and Jeremy's relationship.
10 "The Inside Man" Matt Shakman Story by : Ted Humphrey & Tom Szentgyorgyi
Teleplay by : Ted Humphrey
July 29, 2009 (2009-07-29)
After Egan makes a surprising statement on national television, the lives of the nine are thrown into turmoil.
11 "Man of the Year" Nelson McCormick Joy Gregory & Nicole Mirante August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05)
While Malcolm struggles with whether or not he deserves an award for his many years of civic service, his hapless brother visits unexpectedly.
12 "Legacy" Robert Duncan McNeill Jason Wilborn August 12, 2009 (2009-08-12)
Nick asks Malcolm for guidance in coping with an old promise of revenge for his father's death.
13 "Confessions" Marcos Siega Hank Steinberg & K.J. Steinberg August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)
Burdened by his sins, Malcolm makes a shocking confession.


The list of awards and nominations for The Nine

Motion Picture Sound Editors

  • 2007: Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement (nominated)
1 nomination


  1. ^ "The Nine": The Future of The Nine, TV Series Finale, January 16, 2007
  2. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series Archived 2007-05-17 at, TV Series Finale, May 15, 2007
  3. ^ ABC to Revive "The Nine" in August, The Futon Critic, July 5, 2007
  4. ^ ABC Drops "Knights", "Nine"; Sends "NASCAR" to 10:00/9:00C, The Futon Critic, August 13, 2007
  5. ^ Knights of Prosperity, The Nine: ABC Releases Final Episodes, TV Series Finale, August 17, 2007
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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