'The Enemy Within': After 'The Mentalist' and 'Gotham', Ken Woodruff tackles a spy thriller

Ken Woodruff's writing tends to have a natural, almost realistic flow to it, and his new show 'The Enemy Within' will premiere on 25 February on NBC


                            'The Enemy Within': After 'The Mentalist' and 'Gotham', Ken Woodruff tackles a spy thriller

Writer and producer Ken Woodruff began his work on the sets of 'Imperial Violet', a short dramatic film with an even shorter budget of $40,000. He was also the assistant to the producer for hit teen series 'The O.C'. This was the modest beginning of Woodruff's TV writing career that eventually got him on-board drama shows like 'The Mentalist' and 'Gotham'.

Executive producer, Gotham, Ken Woodruff at 'Gotham/Lucifer' panel discussion during the FOX portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)
Executive producer, Gotham, Ken Woodruff at 'Gotham/Lucifer' panel discussion during the FOX portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Woodruff began writing for 'The Mentalist' in early 2010 and is credited with writing 16 episodes over a span of six seasons, some of the more famous episodes include 'Red Scare', 'War Of The Roses', and 'White Lines'. He's responsible for co-producing season six and would've produced and wrote for season seven as well if he had not been needed on the sets of the newly-emerging drama series 'Gotham'.

Though 'The Mentalist' has received flack for a storyline that is eerily similar to another hilarious comedy show named 'Psych', the show has been more favorably viewed by critics than its counterpart and has achieved more success than 'Psych'.

Actors Tim Kang, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, and Owain Yeoman attend the CBS 100 episode celebration of 'The Mentalist' held at The Edison on October 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
Actors Tim Kang, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, and Owain Yeoman attend the CBS 100 episode celebration of 'The Mentalist' held at The Edison on October 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

While watching our favorite shows, we rarely take into consideration the amount of time and effort that goes into the nitty-gritty of making such a show. The actual filming of a show takes usually less than a week, but the writing of a show could take actual months. This makes the show's script one of the most essential aspects of the show.

With the rise of graphic novel stories being adapted to TV came a new type of onscreen storytelling where the viewer is not introduced to their favorite superheroes immediately but is rather taken through the series of events which helped shift the psyche of the individual into becoming either the hero or villain they are today.

'Gotham' essentially covers the city of crime in all it's moody glory and takes us through everyone else's story first, before finally getting a glimpse of our Dark Knight slowly becoming the city's brooding savior.

'The Enemy Within' stars Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut (IMDB)
'The Enemy Within' stars Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut (IMDB)

With two very well received hit series under his belt, Woodruff is now writing and producing his latest piece de resistance — 'The Enemy Within'.

'The Enemy Within' follows a brilliant CIA operative, Erica Shepard (Jennifer Carpenter), who's behind bars in a supermax prison for divulging the nation's secrets. Her help is needed once more when an all-too-familiar threat arises. Morris Chestnut stars as Will Keaton, an FBI agent who requires Shepard's level of expertise in bringing justice to the criminal who is actually responsible for Shepard's jail time.

Woodruff has proved beyond a doubt that he is the best man for the job when it comes to writing an in-depth drama series that focuses on plot and character development. Each series he's written tends to have a natural, almost realistic flow to it, making it a joy to watch.

'The Enemy Within' will premiere on 25 February on NBC and you can catch a glimpse of the show in the exciting promo trailer below.