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second_chance_500Ok, FOX, you had me at “superhuman abilities” and “tech billionaires.” Around this time of year (cold and snowy here in northern Michigan), I really need something to carry me through to spring. After watching the “Second Chance” pilot, I’m pretty sure this show will do it.

I’m also geeked about the fact that it was created by Rand Ravich, who helmed one of my all-time favorite shows, “Life,” starring a new-to-me Damian Lewis in 2007. Howard Gordon, the genius behind “24” whose track record also includes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The X-Files,” “Tyrant,” “Homeland” and “Legends,” is also a writer on “Second Chance.”

Premiering Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 9/8c on FOX, “Second Chance” begins with Jimmy Pritchard (veteran actor Philip Baker Hall, who played Walt Kleezak on “Modern Family,” but whose favorite role of mine was Judge Joseph Vinocour on “The Practice”), a 75-year-old former LA county sheriff whose career was destroyed after his corruption and dirty dealings came to light. He’s isolated and estranged from his kids, thanks to a lifetime of drinking, womanizing, hard living and familial neglect.

In a twist of fate, Jimmy is murdered after stumbling on a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay, “White Collar”), who also happens to be one of his two children. In yet an even twistier twist of fate, Jimmy is resurrected by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary Goodwin (Dilshad Vadsaria, “Revenge”) and Otto Goodwin (Adhir Kalyan, “Rules of Engagement”), who founded the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Rob Kazinsky (he played Macklyn Warlow in the sixth season of HBO’s “True Blood”) stars as the younger, better version of Jimmy, with physical abilities that would leave Steve Austin, a.k.a. The Six Million Dollar Man, in the dust. And, it turns out that Mary has an ulterior motive for bringing Jimmy back to life.

But what will Jimmy do with his second chance at life? Make things right with his family? Embrace a new sense of purpose? Fall prey to old temptations?

Have you ever been given a second chance at life? And if so, what did you do with it? While my story isn’t quite as dramatic as Jimmy Pritchard’s, there IS one particular moment in my life where I feel like I was saved for something greater than myself. I was 12 years old, and my family was vacationing on Virginia Beach while my dad was in training at the Coast Guard base in Norfolk, Virginia. My three older siblings and I decided it’d be great fun to go swimming in the ocean after dark. But we didn’t realize the rip tide was intense that night, and I was nearly swept out to sea!

Thanks to quick thinking, my siblings were able to get me back to shore and revive me. It was definitely a life changing moment and since then, I’ve felt a great sense of urgency to do something meaningful with my life and help people any way I could. And while I hadn’t thought of that instance in some time, watching “Second Chance” brought it all back to me. Now about those superhuman abilities… those sure would come in handy…

Check out the trailer for “Second Chance,” and be sure and tune in to FOX for the premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 9/8c.

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