Jason Katims及Jeffrey Seller开发的NBC新剧《非凡戏剧团 Rise》（前名《Drama High》）是根据Michael Sokolove所著的一书所改篇，作者是具开创性的高校戏剧教师Lou Volpe的学生。这部剧集讲述在宾夕法尼亚州Rust Belt镇上一间工人阶级的高校里，有个关心家庭﹑充满热情的教师Lou Volpe（《老爸老妈的浪漫史 How I Met Your Mother》主演Josh Radnor饰演）及不同凡响的学生组成了戏剧团，他们致力想为整个市镇带来激情。
The day after Professor Silverlake, consultant neurologist at the Dartmouth London hospital, has railed at three patients for smoking and drinking on the premises, all three are found dead. Silverlake, apparently the last doctor to visit the ward, later goes berserk with a rifle and is killed by police snipers. The ward's night nurse is also found dead. Nikki is deeply upset at having to perform an autopsy on a little girl who was murdered, apparently by Jason Bodle, on whom Silverlake once performed life-saving surgery, and wonders if the professor allowed himself to be shot out of remorse. Whilst Bodle is committed as unfit to plead, Silverlake's daughter, Naomi, asks Nikki to help clear her father's name of murder.
Emilia Fox, William Gaminara and Tom Ward star as a team of forensic pathologists uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths.
Confectionery magnate John Briggs, head of an ailing empire and at odds with union leader Kenny Barber, is found dead of an apparent heart attack in a hotel bedroom. He was about to sell his company to millionaire Emmett Schwartzman. His sole heir is long estranged daughter Geraldine, to the chagrin of his brother Phillip, whom Geraldine appoints as company director. Young police pathologist Jack Hodgson claims Briggs was murdered, believing he had been with a prostitute, and is sufficiently persuasive that Leo recruits him to replace Harry, now working in New York. Briggs' right hand man Trenter pays off escort Deanna Collier, who is actually Geraldine's daughter and had just tracked Briggs down. Geraldine gives Deanna a charm bracelet but soon afterwards the girl is murdered.