Noth and Ramblin lead solid new drama ‘Gone’

February 21, 2019 GMT

I’ve had several TV crushes in my life. In the 80s, I was all about Dirk Benedict, who played Face on “The A-Team.” For a large part of the 2000s, it was Kiefer Sutherland. But in the 90s, it was Chris Noth. For years, a framed “Law & Order” promo photo of him sat on my entertainment center.

So when I saw a magazine ad showing Noth returning to TV as an FBI agent in the new series, “Gone,” I knew I needed to give the show a look. And now I’m so glad I saw that ad or I might’ve missed the best midseason premiere I’ve seen so far this year.

“Gone,” a 12-episode limited series, stars Levin Rambin as Kit “Kick” Lannigan, the survivor of a famous child-abduction case. Now an adult, Kick is still dealing with the effects of her kidnapping. Just when she thinks she’s finally moving on, the FBI agent who rescued her, Frank Novak (Noth) asks her to join his special task force devoted to abductions and missing persons cases. Frank believes that Kick’s experience could make her an important resource for his team.

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Joining Frank on his task force is former Army intelligence officer John Bishop (Danny Pino), who instantly clashes with Kick as he doubts her insights into kidnappers. Frank also recruits Kick’s friend and fellow abduction victim, James Finley (Andy Mientus), a computer expert.

In the premiere, Kick agrees to help the task force find a partially blind young girl who’s been kidnapped, but she immediately finds herself struggling with her decision as she relives her own kidnapping ordeal. Bishop tries to guilt her into helping, while Frank, who has become a father figure to Kick, watches her carefully to make sure he made the right call by inviting her. Things get even more interesting for Kick when her mother (the always welcome Kelly Rutherford) becomes the spokesperson for the little girl’s family.

“Gone” is a solid procedural with interesting cases that keep you on the edge of your seat. And just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, the show throws you a great curveball to take everything in an unexpected direction. The continuing stories are also fascinating as we learn more about Kick and her recovery, as well as Bishop’s motivations to be part of the task force.

Rambin is an absolute revelation as Kick, adeptly showing both her vulnerable, damaged side and her tough-as-nails side while Pino adds to his resume of solid cop/agent roles. And Noth, playing the mentor and overseer of the task force is outstanding as both a tough, dedicated agent and a man who genuinely cares about the girl he saved.

If you never saw Noth in the original “Law & Order,” now’s your chance to see just how good he is in this type of show. It might even make you want to put a photo of him on your entertainment center.

“Gone” premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 on WGN America.

Angela Henderson-Bentley writes about television for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact her at ahenderson-bentley@hotmail.com.