The Event Cast and Crew

Blair Underwood - President Elisa Martinez
Blair Underwood stars as President Elias Martinez, the recently elected President of the United States who is stunned to learn that his own government is keeping secrets from him in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller "The Event." As he tries to do right by the public, he soon finds himself in the midst of a huge coverup and the target of a spectacular assassination attempt.

Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film, television, theater and literature.  In 2008, Underwood was seen in three high-profile television projects: he was a Golden Globe nominee for his performance as a Navy fighter pilot in HBO's critically acclaimed "In Treatment;" he starred in the hit drama "Dirty Sexy Money;" and he reprised his recurring role of Mr. Harris in "The New Adventures of Old Christine."  Underwood's past television credits include TV series and movies such as,  "Sex and the City," "LAX," "City of Angels," "Mama Flora's Family," "Murder in Mississippi," "Soul of the Game," "The Wishing Tree" and "Heat Wave."

Underwood's feature film credits include "Something New," "Madea's Family Reunion," "Malibu's Most Wanted," "Full Frontal," "Rules of Engagement," "Gattaca," "Asunder,"  "Deep Impact," "Just Cause," "Set It Off" and "Posse."  In 2007, Underwood made his feature directorial debut in the independent drama "Bridge to Nowhere."  He recently completed production on the independent drama "Homework," opposite Emma Roberts and Freddy Highmore.

Jason Ritter - Sean Walker
Jason Ritter stars as Sean Walker, an unlikely hero who gets entangled in an immense government conspiracy when his would-be fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer) mysteriously disappears during their Caribbean cruise in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller "The Event."

Ritter will next star in the independent film "The Dry Land," opposite America Ferrera, Ryan O'Nan and Melissa Leo.  The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and recently won the prize for international premiere at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Ritter has just completed production on "The Perfect Family," opposite Emily Deschanel and Kathleen Turner.  He also recently finished filming the independent features "A Bag of Hammers," opposite Rebecca Hall, and "Morning" opposite Laura Linney and Jeanne Tripplehorn.  Ritter could last be seen starring on screen in "Peter and Vandy," opposite Jess Weixler.  The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.  Ritter also starred in and co-produced "Good Dick," written and directed by Marianna Palka, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008.

Among Ritter's other film credits are "The Education of Charlie Banks," "Our Very Own," "Happy Endings,"  "Mumford" and "Raise Your Voice."  Ritter recently guest-starred in a multi episode arc on NBC's critically acclaimed  "Parenthood." His other television credits include series regular roles on "The Class" and "Joan of Arcadia."

Laura Innes - Sophia Maguire
Laura Innes stars as Sophia Maguire, the leader of a mysterious group of detainees being held at a top-secret facility.  She becomes a critical liaison to President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) amidst a huge government cover up, in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller "The Event."

Recognized for her talented work in front of the camera as well as behind the lens, Laura Innes is a three-time Emmy Award nominated actress and director.  Innes is best known for her work as the skilled but abrasive Dr. Kerry Weaver on the long-running hit show "ER." She joined the acclaimed NBC medical drama in its second season, and her recurring role led to being cast as a series regular at the start of the third season. She received two Emmy nominations for her portrayal, as well as three Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the "ER" ensemble, and has received five nominations for Best Supporting Actress from Viewers for Quality Television.  In January 2007, Innes left "ER" after 12 seasons, becoming the longest-serving cast member in the show's history.  She returned to "ER" for two episodes (including the series finale) during the series' 15th and final season.

Also a seasoned television director, Innes garnered an Emmy nomination for directing "The West Wing." She has also directed various popular shows, including several more episodes of "ER" as well as episodes of "Brothers & Sisters" and "House."  Innes' additional TV and film acting credits include the Emmy-winning cable film "And the Band Played On," as well as the NBC hit comedy series "Wings," where she played the lovable but promiscuous ex-wife Bunny from 1991-93. Innes co-starred in the blockbuster apocalyptic film "Deep Impact," and with fellow "ER" castmate Noah Wyle in "Can't Stop Dancing."

Željko Ivanek - Blake Sterling
Željko Ivanek stars as Blake Sterling, Director of the CIA, who has long kept secrets from President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood), in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller "The Event."

In 2008, Ivanek earned a Primetime Emmy Award for his portrayal of Ray Fiske on the critically acclaimed series "Damages."  Most recently, he starred as JJ on "Big Love." His other notable television work includes the miniseries "John Adams," recurring roles on "Heroes," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "24," "True Blood" and "Oz," as well as numerous guest appearances.

In addition, Ivanek is also a veteran of over 20 feature films including "In Bruges," "Live Free or Die Hard," "The Hoax," "Dogville," "Unfaithful," "Black Hawk Down," "Hannibal," "Dancer in the Dark," "A Civil Action" and "Donnie Brasco," to name a few.

Ivanek's many stage credits have earned him three Tony nominations and a Drama Desk Award.  His theater resume includes American, U.K., and world premieres of works by Martin McDonagh, Neil LaBute, Athol Fugard, Neil Simon, Richard Nelson, Caryl Churchill and David Hare, as well as Peter Brook's production of "The Cherry Orchard."

Nick Wauters - Creator and Co-Executive Producer
Nick Wauters serves as the creator and co-executive producer of NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller "The Event."

Previously, Wauters wrote for the hit Syfy series "Eureka,"as well as USA Network's "The 4400"and "Medium."

Born and raised in Belgium, Wauters traveled to the United States to attend Oberlin College in Ohio, before making the trek out to Los Angeles to start his life as a production assistant for Oberlin College alum James Burrows ("Cheers,""Will & Grace”).  He worked his way up the ranks to become a production manager, before he transitioned into freelance editing, and worked on unscripted and documentary shows for Lifetime, Food Network, A&E, Discovery, and NBC, among many others.

Wauters' directorial debut was an adaptation of the Stephen King short story "Rainy Season,"a project born from King's famous "Dollar Baby"deals.  His second directorial outing was "Ryan's Life,"a gay- themed coming-of-age story that garnered critical praise and over 15 audience awards as it was screened over the festival circuit.