Academy Award®-winning actress Shirley Jones guest stars as an alcoholic mother and infamous nightclub singer in the A&E original drama “The Cleaner.” The one-hour episode, “Does Everybody Have a Drink?,” premieres on Tuesday, July 14th at 10PM ET/PT and also guest stars Mia Kirshner (“The L Word”), Kate del Castillo (Julia), Steve Landesberg (“Head Case”) and Noah Bean (“Damages”).
Lola and Bernie Zellman (Shirley Jones and Steve Landesberg) are Los Angeles’ longest-running nightclub act, but also out-of-control alcoholics. Their son Jonathan (Noah Bean), a Hollywood talent manager who steers clear of alcohol, oversees the career of a famous drug-addicted musician April May (Mia Kirshner). Jonathan hires William (Benjamin Bratt) and his team (Grace Park and Esteban Powell) to help his client kick her habit before a big concert tour, but is forced to look closer to home when his fiancé Josefina (Kate del Castillo) loses her patience with his parents. Meanwhile, William confronts his own battles when Melissa (Amy Price-Francis) serves him with divorce papers.
Inspired by the true story of real life “extreme interventionist” Warren Boyd, who also co-executive produces the series, “The Cleaner” stars Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates Akani Cuesta (Grace Park) and Arnie Swenton (Esteban Powell) employ an unconventional – and often by any means necessary – approach to getting addicts and those who surround them to realize they’ve reached rock-bottom and help them begin the process of recovery. With every success and failure, William wrestles with his commitment to his work and his love for his wife Melissa (Amy Price-Francis) and their children through an unusual relationship with God.
“The Cleaner” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Once A Frog Productions for A&E Network. The series was created and is executive produced by Jonathan Prince and Robert Munic. David Hollander also serves as executive producer. Jay Silverman and Warren Boyd are co-executive producers and Benjamin Bratt serves as producer.