The Philanthropist (NBC) chronicles the heroic adventures of a billionaire playboy turned vigilante philanthropist. James Purefoy ("Rome") stars as Teddy Rist, a successful and impulsive tycoon who decides to channel his passion, power and money into helping those in need.
Teddy Rist loves women, money and power. After the tragic death of his only child, Teddy has an awakening and becomes the world's first vigilante philanthropist -- a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth and connections to help people in need. Instead of spending $25,000 a plate at a fundraiser, he's dodging bullets in third world countries to hand deliver vaccines. It's an inspiring global adventure that will take you to the ends of the earth.
Rist's actions are not just about helping others -- he is purging his soul to help exorcise the inner demons that have been festering ever since his young son died and he lost everything he truly loved. The danger and risk to his life is the only way he can feel genuinely alive and he'll do anything in order to achieve his goals.
A man who has everything but can feel nothing, Rist keeps his adrenaline pumping by putting his business head and money-making skills to good use through bargaining with the self-righteous, making deals with drug barons, and trading with the nefarious.
STARRING: James Purefoy, Jesse L. Martin, Neve Campbell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lindy Booth, Krista Allen
CREATORS: Tom Fontana, Jim Juvonen, Charlie Corwin
DIRECTOR: Jonas Pate
PRODUCERS: Irene Burns, Nigel Marchant
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Gareth Neame, Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, Peter Horton, Charlie Corwin, Teri Weinberg