“The Cleaner: The First Season” DVD

This is a reminder that “The Cleaner: The First Season” arrives on DVD on June 9, just in time for the premiere of “The Cleaner” second season on June 23, 2009. (Two weeks to re-watch 13 1-hour episodes… it must be doable :ponder: ;) )

According to a press release by CBS Home Entertainment, “The Cleaner: The First Season” is a four-disc DVD set with a total running time of 9 Hrs. and 49 Min, presented in Widescreen with English 5.1, Spanish Stereo and English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. It includes cast and crew commentary on selected episodes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, etc. The DVD disc breakdowns are as follows:

Disc One:
1.    Pilot
2.    Rag Dolls
3.    Meet the Joneses
Special Features:

  • “The Mystery of William Banks”
  • International Promo
  • Original Broadcast Pilot – includes audio commentary by Robert Munic, Jonathan Prince & Benjamin Bratt (Only available with English audio)

Disc Two:
5.    Chaos Theory
Special Features:

  • Five Deleted Scenes

6.    Here Comes the Boom
Special Features:

  • Five Deleted Scenes
  • Audio commentary by Robert Munic, Jonathan Prince & Benjamin Bratt

7. To Catch A Fed
Special Features:

  • Music Excerpt – Sharon Little sings “Follow That Sound” from the Episode Chaos Theory

Disc Three:
7.    House of Pain
Special Features:

  • Three Deleted Scenes

8.    Let it Ride
9.    The Eleventh Hour
Special Features:

  • Music Excerpt – Karmina sings “Walk You Home” from the Episode House of Pain

Disc Four:
10.    Rebecca
11.    Back To One
12.    Five Little Words
Special Features:

  • Three Deleted Scenes

13.    Lie With Me
Special Features:

  • Three Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • On Set with Esteban Powell


2009 Seattle International Film Festival: “La Mission”

A short note to remind that screenings of “La Mission” are scheduled within the Seattle International Film Festival, at Seattle Egyptian Theatre on

  • May 30, 2009 9:00 PM
  • May 31, 2009 1:45 PM

Peter and Benjamin Bratt are expected to attend.

La Mission – 2009 Seattle International Film Festival

Twitter – SIFF: Starstruck in Seattle

Season Two of “The Cleaner” Premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E

Here is a press release from A&E TV.

“Season two of the hit A&E original scripted drama series “The Cleaner,” starring Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park, Amy Price-Francis and Esteban Powell premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10PM ET/PT. The second season will feature thirteen one-hour episodes.

In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis, “The Cleaner” averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime, becoming the number one original drama in A&E history.

Inspired by the true story of real life “extreme interventionist” Warren Boyd, who also co-executive produces the series, “The Cleaner” stars Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates Akani Cuesta (Park) and Arnie Swenton (Powell) employ an unconventional – and often by any means necessary – approach to getting addicts and those who surround them to realize they’ve reached rock-bottom and help them begin the process of recovery. With every success and failure, William wrestles with his commitment to his work and his love for his wife Melissa (Price-Francis) and their children through an unusual relationship with God.

Whoopi Goldberg guest stars in the series premiere, “Hello America,” as William’s (Bratt) former sponsor who resurfaces when an addict he is called to help is one she currently sponsors. The addict (Gary Cole), a former friend and fellow program member, happens to be a high-profile national news anchor who is a spokesperson for recovery and is struggling with his sobriety in the face of his wife’s (Jayne Brook) battle with cancer. William juggles the case while moving back in with his wife Melissa (Price-Francis) to create a façade of happiness while her parents (Mariette Hartley and Barry Newman) are in town.

Additional guest stars featured in the second season, which is currently in production in Los Angeles, include Mia Kirshner (“The L Word”), Rebecca Gayheart (“Vanished”), Shirley Jones (“The Patridge Family”), Christine Lahti (Obsessed), “Lori Petty (“House M.D.”), Rachel Boston (“The Ex List”), Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”), Charles Esten (“Big Love”), Diana Scarwid (“Pushing Daisies”), Brian Van Holt (“John From Cincinnati”), Michael Beach (“Stargate Atlantis”), Raymond J. Barry (“Cold Case”), Joe Don Baker (Strange Wilderness), Steve Landesberg (“Head Case”), Jonathan Adams (“Bones”), Kate del Castillo (Julia), Tom Bower (Appaloosa), Madeline Carroll (Swing Vote), Janina Gavankar (“The L Word”), Alice Amter (“Big Bang Theory”), Paul Schulze (“The Sopranos”), Noah Bean (“Damages”), Jeanette Brox (“Heroes”), Nasser Faris (“24”), Jamie McShane (“Sons of Anarchy”), Ingrid Rogers (“All My Children”), Taylor Handley (“Southland”), Sterling Beaumon (“Lost”), Joel McKinnon Miller (“Big Love”), Samantha Shelton (“Monarch Cove”), Jon Sklaroff (“The Beast”) and Maxim Knight (“Our First Christmas”).

“The Cleaner” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Once A Frog Productions for A&E Network. The series was created and is executive produced by Jonathan Prince (“Cane,” “American Dreams”) and Robert Munic. David Hollander (“The Guardian”) also serves as executive producer. Jay Silverman and Warren Boyd are co-executive producers and Benjamin Bratt serves as producer.”

Season Two of “The Cleaner” Premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E

“We Shall Remain” – Review of Episode 5 and Continuing Discussion

I’m posting a review of “We Shall Remain” fifth and last episode, which aired on PBS on Monday, May 11, 2009.

Review of Wounded Knee

Besides, here are further installments of an ongoing  discussion of the series Benjamin Bratt did the narrating for.

Rampaging in Geronimo

Apache views in Geronimo

Controversy in Wounded Knee

Benjamin Bratt at A&E Television Networks’ 25th Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday, May 14, 2009, Benjamin attended the A&E Television Networks’ 25th anniversary celebration at The Rainbow Room in New York City, NY.

Photos can be found at

A&E Television Networks’ 25th Anniversary Celebration

A&E Television Networks’ 25th Anniversary Celebration 2

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Re-Presents Joey Ramone With His Induction Award

“We Shall Remain:” Thankyous and Discussion

Actor/writer Roscoe Pond felt like thanking Benjamin for his wonderful job as narrator of the series and his support of Native American issues in his blog.

WE SHALL REMAIN Narration By Actor, Benjamin Bratt

You don’t have to agree on what is being said there, but the discussion of or “We Shall Remain”‘s episodes 1, 2 and 3 provide some food for thought.

We Shall Remain‘s logo

Outcome of After the Mayflower

Winning in Tecumseh’s Vision

“Civilization” in Trail of Tears

Slave-owning in Trail of Tears

Removal in Trail of Tears

Aftermath in Trail of Tears

Turning points in Trail of Tears

Freedom fighters in Geronimo

Resistance in Geronimo

Newcomb: Something missing from PBS’s ‘Tecumseh’s Vision’