Max Stark is a trained circus clown whose tricks can be downright terrifying - especially for his ex-wife. News anchor Laura Stark thought she’d seen the last of her devious ex-husband, but a series of sinister pranks has her convinced Max is back - and hell-bent on turning her life upside down. After she broke a controversial story that left her unable to rely on New York’s finest, Laura turns to a pair of eccentric private investigators for help.
Wilmington, Delaware, is one of those cities that feels more like a small town. Neighbors know one another, and businesses cater to the needs of the citizenry. But what happens when the local car salesman suffers one lost sale too many, when one more customer decides to buy from the competition because the price is too high, interest rates aren’t friendly, or that shade of blue just won’t work?
Former SEAL Lukasz Gardocki thinks he’s seen the last of covert missions. That is, until he’s approached for a special job: Infiltrate the Flamekeepers, a doomsday cult with a mysterious, charismatic leader that may be developing a deadly chemical weapon. Already entrenched with the group is Alecia Motley, the sister of Lukasz’s deceased best friend, who, after a shocking discovery, is now in over her head trying to expose the group’s secrets.
Mark Noble plans a surprise proposal to his girlfriend during a Caribbean vacation. But before he can pop the question, she disappears, and his father - a world-famous celebrity doctor who seems to have perfected mind-control - is killed in a mysterious fire back home. While searching for his girlfriend, Mark finds himself chased by two thugs, and the race is on to find out the truth of her disappearance before it’s too late. Mark’s investigation uncovers a sinister connection and a secret he doesn’t even know he possesses.
With the police on his back and his agency taking sleazy cases he never thought he’d have to, Paul Chang erupts under the job’s pressures and sees his personal demon, an alter ego he calls the dragon, emerge. Only the training from his martial arts teacher and old friend Shu keeps Chang sane. But his ex-wife Colleen and a journalist are being stalked by someone trying to make it look like Chang is the aggressor, and when the harassment turns deadly, the lives of everyone close to him are in danger.
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Psychiatrist Dr. Renee Conway has taken on a new patient: Kevin Reynolds, the local hero who ran into a burning building to save a young family from certain death. When the rescue goes horrifically wrong, a boy is dead and Kevin suffers excruciating burns. Plagued with nightmares and left with a horribly disfigured face, Kevin finds celebrity its own torture.