Broadway and film actor Patrick Wilson, who grew up in the Tampa Bay area, charmed TV critics at a news conference to introduce his CBS series, "A Gifted Man."
Wilson will be playing a brilliant surgeon who doesn't know whether he's losing his mind or getting messages from beyond the grave. The series will fill a Friday night slot once held by "Ghost Whisperer," about a woman who could talk to the dead.
Wilson's character, an arrogant, driven man with a cold bedside manner, is visited by the spirit of his deceased ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle).
But the 38-year-old actor says it is not clear if she's a ghost or a creation of his subconscious. She's come back to get him to soften up and show compassion for those who don't have health insurance and can't afford his high-priced treatment.
"I like that it explores science versus faith," Wilson told TV critics attending a fall preview tour in Beverly Hills this week. He said he loves playing a character who doesn't believe in ghosts and thinks he's going insane. "I want to play it as weird as it would be," he says, adding that his character will constantly struggle to accept it.
Wilson is the son of WTVT, Channel 13, anchor John Wilson and Mary Kay Wilson, a voice teacher and professional singer. He has starred in numerous Broadway plays including "The Full Monty," "Carousel" and "Oklahoma." He also has appeared in films such as "The Alamo," "Running With Scissors," "The Watchmen" and "The A-Team." He also was in HBO's "Angels in America."
Wilson says when he was offered "The Gifted Man," he almost turned it down because it was set in Los Angeles. "I am humbled by the producers' decision to film it in New York, where I live," he says.