Paul Drinkwater
Dan Snierson
March 09, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EDT

10-11PM · NBC · Debuts Oct. 13

Christian Slater stars as a man given a split personality in NBC’s new spy drama My Own Worst Enemy, which renders him part superspy (Edward), part family guy (Henry). Here is a quick summary of fall’s most adventurous new series: Edward is a fluent-in-13-languages operative who can snap your neck in a snap. Henry is a strategic management consultant who excels at…well, Excel. These two are nothing alike — except that they’re the same guy, because a secret government organization ”manifested a divergent identity dormant in the sealed-off portion of the medial temporal lobe, creating a split personality.” Henry isn’t supposed to know about Edward, but thanks to a glitch in the program, he’s waking up in strange countries in the middle of Edward’s missions. Now Henry and Edward must work with each other to ensure survival. “They have to learn how to deal with the consequences of one another’s actions, but don’t always know what those? actions are,” says series creator ? Jason Smilovic. He recruited more Enemy ?combatants, including Yes, Dear‘s Mike O’Malley to play Henry’s wiseass work buddy, Tom, Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives) as Mavis, Edward’s enigmatic boss, and Saffron Burrows (Boston Legal) will play Norah, Henry’s therapist.

If Enemy can crack the code of appealing to mythology-obsessed geeks and casual TV watchers who simply want compelling emotional drama, NBC entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman believes that the series “can absolutely be a huge piece of the puzzle” to help the struggling Peacock return to Nielsen glory.

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