It's “Zero Hour” for Anthony Edwards, somewhat literally.
The former “ER” star consciously stepped away from television after finishing his tenure as Dr. Mark Greene on that long-running drama, but he's ready to get back in the game. He does that at 7 p.m. Thursday with the premiere of his new ABC suspense drama about a paranormally inclined publisher desperate to find his kidnapped wife (Jacinda Barrett), whose interest in old timepieces leads to her disappearance.
The vanishing is tied to a mystery sparked by the Nazis' reign in Germany — as detailed in the debut episode's prologue — and also to an antique clock with surprising contents. The husband's resulting globe-spanning search links him to the mercenary abductor (Michael Nyqvist, of the original movies inspired by the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” literary trilogy) and an unrelenting FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo). Addison Timlin and Scott Michael Foster play the Edwards character's magazine colleagues, who assist in his hunt; Charles S. Dutton (“Roc”) also appears as a helpful clergyman.
Created by executive producer Paul T. Scheuring (“Prison Break”), “Zero Hour” inspired Edwards to resume series work because of how unique he believes it is.
“I very intentionally took many years off,” he says, “having felt complete and great from ‘ER.' I knew there was a time to really focus on my family. We moved to New York, traveled around the world for a year and did all kinds of great things.
“About a year and a half ago, I got offered a play ... and I was like, ‘Hmm. I could wrap my mind around doing that for six months, and if I'm ready for that, maybe I'm ready to go back and play in the medium I really love.'”