Jerry O'Connell is Harley Carter, a detective on a hit American TV show who is forced to return to his sleepy hometown after an embarrassing public meltdown on the red carpet at an award show.
For eight years he's been the centre of a number-one crime drama and been part of a fairy-tale Hollywood romance with supermodel Winter Wood, but now life has changed completely for Harley Carter.
Years of parties, premieres and being in the public eye took its toll, culminating in a shocking showdown at a red carpet event, caught on camera for the world to see. Forced to take a career break, Harley heads back to his sleepy hometown of Bishop to lay low.
Once back in Bishop, it's difficult for Harley to get people to see past his TV character and take him seriously, including his two best friends, police officer Sam Shaw (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) and truck stop owner Dave Leigh (Kristian Bruun), who thinks he might be having a mid-life crisis.
The mayor sees the famous TV detective as a potential tourist attraction for the town while the police chief wants him nowhere near a crime scene. But burnt out in Hollywood, Harley has turned a corner in his life and wants to prove that he's more than a pretty face. It's time for him to show the world he doesn't just play a detective on TV but can solve real crimes... including the mystery of his mother's disappearance 25 years ago.
A feisty, hands-on detective, Sam has known Harley since high school and is his oldest and closest friend, although they drifted a little when Harley was in Hollywood living the high life.
Sam has risen quickly through the ranks of the Bishop police force and is very happy to see Harley again, although a little bemused about him getting involved in police work.
They certainly make a good team though and - who knows? - they might even have a little crush on each other.
Kristian Bruun as Dave Leigh
When Harley’s character got stuck on a case in his TV show, he’d turn to his junkie streetwise sidekick Davey Leech to help him out.
Ever so slightly based on Davey is coffee truck owner Dave Leigh, Harley’s streetwise pal from way back. Slightly miffed that such an unflattering character was based on him, Dave nevertheless helps Harley with valuable local info and sources, albeit laced with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
Is his cutting wit hiding a vulnerable side though?
Chief Angus Pershing
John Bourgeois as Chief Angus Pershing
The police chief of Bishop and Sam’s boss, Angus is a hard-working, no-nonsense copper who wants Harley nowhere near a crime scene.
So, understandably, he’s none too pleased when Mayor Grace Hamilton offers Carter the position of consulting detective to the Bishop Police Department.
Although he can come across as short-tempered and hard-hearted, he is very fond of Sam and his admiration for her slightly softens the frustration he feels that Harley has become her quasi-police partner.
Joanne Boland as Nicole Walker
If Nicole, Bishop’s talented pathologist, seems a little too clever to be working in a small town, it’s because she turned down quite a few high-profile jobs in big cities as she preferred the relaxed atmosphere of Harley’s old stomping ground. Good buddies with Sam, often hanging out after work, she’s a little taken aback when Harley starts getting involved in police work but, as something of a nonconformist herself, she recognises the value of having a unique approach to crime-solving.
Will Harley's acting skills and on-screen experience help him to catch culprits in real life?