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February 23 on NBC (9-11:00pm ET)

James Patterson’s bestselling thriller about an ingenious serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding night comes to television in the 3-hour NBC movie event “James Patterson’s ‘1st to Die.’” Emmy Award nominee Tracy Pollan (“NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Children of the Dark”), Gil Bellows (”Ally McBeal,” “The Agency”), and Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” “The X-Files”) headline an all-star cast that includes Golden Globe nominee Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown,” “Bones”), Sean Young (“No Way Out,” “Blade Runner”), Carly Pope (“Popular,” “The Glass House”), Angie Everhart (“U.C.: Undercover,” “Bittersweet”), Mitch Pileggi (“The X-Files,” “Gun Shy”) and Megan Gallagher (“Lethal Vows,” “Millenium”).

When two young newlyweds from a prominent local family are murdered on their wedding night, top homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer (Pollan) is assigned to the high-profile case. But rather than team Boxer with her regular partner (Pileggi), the police chief pairs her with Chris Raleigh (Bellows), the police captain she met and had a romantic rendezvous with just the night before.

Determined to be professional and make their partnership work despite the awkwardness, Boxer and Raleigh focus their energies on catching the killer, who soon murders another newlywed couple. It’s then that Boxer decides to try and track the killer by forming a “Women’s Murder Club” with three other professional women: Dr. Claire Washburn (Grier), Boxer’s best friend and the city’s chief medical examiner; ambitious young newspaper reporter Cindy Thomas (Pope) and assistant district attorney Jill Barnhart (Gallagher).

Meeting regularly to pool their information and review evidence from each of their unique vantage points, the four women soon realize that nothing in the case is what it seems to be on the surface. Figuring prominently in the investigation is Nicholas Jenks (Patrick), a best-selling author with a stunning wife (Everhart) and a mysterious ex-wife (Young) who made his fortune writing about murder and violence. Weaving their way through a cleverly crafted maze of surprising twists and turns, the women race against time to find the killer’s true identity before the murderer strikes again. But while Boxer is trying to solve the biggest case of her career, she is privately waging her own battle with a life-threatening illness – and falling in love with her new partner.

Patterson is one of the top-selling novelists in the world, and two of his bestsellers – “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider” – have become feature films. Emmy nominee Michael O’Hara (“Switched at Birth”) is the writer and executive producer of the film along with Steve White (“Tempting Fate”). Russell Mulcahy (“Highlander”) directs the Michael O’Hara Production in association with NBC Studios. Multiple Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Patrick Williams (“Yesterday’s Children”) is the composer.


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