This month abc is premiering a new show called Black Box featuring Kelly Reilly as a leading neurologist with a big secret; she has bipolar disorder.
This move by a big network name would be more surprising if it weren’t for showtime’s six emmy winning hit Homeland, a drama featuring Claire Danes as a CIA officer who (you guessed it) also has bipolar disorder.
I believe this interest in characters living with mental illness is both because of the increase in exposure Americans are having to celebrities, charities, and positive media concerning bipolar disorder, as well as the evolution of American television anti-heros. Let’s face it, we love it when our main characters have a secret to struggle with (i.e. Dexter, Breaking Bad, etc).
Really, whatever the reason, bipolar disorder is about to be back in the spotlight, and with abc’s new show it will be available for more people to watch than ever before.
Personally, I would say that I was a little confused by the initial preview I saw (a commercial on tv) as I am always a little skeptical about how realistically portrayed bipolar disorder is on television, but I checked out a few clips on the website and saw character Catherine Black displaying several symptoms I have personally experienced (and experience regularly).
At any rate, this is something you may want to keep on your radar. The first episode airs on Thursday, April 24th at 10, so check it out!