Season 1 of Counterpart premiered on Starz this week (following a "preview" premiere of the pilot in December). The show has been commissioned for two seasons at this point. The show stars JK Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harru Lloyd, Ulrich Thomsen, Jamie Bamber, and a host of other great actors. The show features Simmons as Howard Silk, a low-level UN employee in the same job for almost thirty years. His wife has recently been involved in an accident and is in a coma. The pilot opens with Silk finding out that the building he works in is actually a gateway to a parallel dimension. The Silk from the "other side" crosses over in an attempt to stop a killer. I found the pilot to be quite strong. JK Simmons steals every scene he's in, sometimes as the meeker Silk, sometimes as the more domineering Silk, sometimes as both. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the show--at least in the pilot--is that it seems to be tackling the subjects of grief and loss. The final sequence with the two Silks having a drink and listening to the same diagetic song was excellent. Following in the footsteps of Black Sails (completely and utterly underrated here and with awards bodies--but thankfully not critics) and Spartacus (also underrated), Starz seems to have another great series on its hands.