Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on a series of novels by Jim Butcher, the weekly, hour-long Sci Fi Channel series The Dresden Files starred former 24 regular Paul Blackthorne as Harry Dresden, a Chicago-based private eye with a unique gift. Put simply, Harry was a genuine, bona-fide wizard--indeed, the only wizard who advertised in the Yellow Pages. Blessed (?) with the ability to cast spells, mix potions, fortell the future and alter fate--at least within the limits set down by the High Council of Wizards--Harry put his talents to practical use by investigating crime cases involving the paranormal, for a fee of 500 bucks a day plus expenses for those who could afford his services, but occasionally working gratis for needy souls who'd been caught in the crossfire of the Black Arts. Harry's chief assistant and spiritual adviser (in every sense of the word) was Bob (Terrence Mann), a misplaced ghost who was doomed to walk the earth for all eternity--and apparently, to dredge up clues and follow leads. Also on hand was cyical Chicago cop Connie Murphy (Valerie Cruz), who, though she suspected Harry of being a charlatan, begrudgingly called upon his services whenever she was up against an "unusual" case. Debuting January 12, 2007, The Dresden Files was originally conceived as a theatrical feature, but was converted into a weekly TV show after the release of another, similar film, Constantine.