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Previewing Rabbit Hole 

Previewing Rabbit Hole

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Paramount+ launches its next new drama Sunday with Rabbit Hole, a taut eight-episode espionage thriller that brings Kiefer Sutherland back to us in a familiar role as a man on the run. In the series, Sutherland is John Weir, a master of data and foresight who uses those skills to pit big businesses against each other and pocket a sizeable fee for his efforts. He’s also plagued by a pretty aggressive form of paranoia and anxiety stemming from a horrific childhood trauma.

Rabbit Hole

While at first blush you might think you’re dipping a toe into another Mr. Robot type scenario, this isn’t that. Or at least I don’t think it is, after screening the two-part premiere. Weir finds himself in fairly hot water when he takes on a new job via old friend Valence (Jason Butler Harner), and everything that seems to go as it should instead goes wildly off the rails.

Along for the figurative and sometime literal ride is Hailey Winton (Meta Golding), an attorney Weir randomly clicks with and then second guesses because in his world, coincidences are the least likely of all scenarios. His line of work has also brought him the unwanted attention of an FBI financial crimes investigator, Josephine “Jo” Madi (Enid Graham), who might actually turn out to be a helpful ally.

Rabbit Hole

During the first two hours as Weir finds himself dropped into a titular rabbit hole of shenanigans that remove every safety net he has, we get to see his intellect take over and rise above the panic, astutely plotting the moves he needs to make to stay ahead of whatever or whoever has gone scorched earth in coming for him.

The series is executive produced by Sutherland alongside writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and filmed in Toronto, so it has a fun who’s who of familiar Canadian TV faces right out of the gate, from Rookie Blue‘s Noam Jenkins to A Million Little Things‘ Erin Karpluk to Hell on Wheels‘ Phil Burke.

Rabbit Hole

It’s a fun ride that allows Sutherland to play a range of emotions and physically puts him through his paces, as John runs all over town and occasionally has his ass handed to him. Think of Weir as Jack Bauer’s more cerebral, vulnerable, empathetic cousin, if you will. It’s so good to have Sutherland in weekly rotation again.

Rabbit Hole drops the first two episodes Sunday at 3:01 am ET on Paramount+. Here are a few sneak peeks.

Photos and video courtesy of Viacom International Inc.

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