Ioan Gruffudd Is Trying His Hardest to Die in New Series ‘Forever’ (Exclusive Video)

ABC’s new series gets a two-day special preview starting Monday, Sept. 22

Last Updated: September 19, 2014 @ 4:38 PM

After being alive for more than 200 years, Ioan Gruffudd‘s character wants nothing more than for his life to finally end. But every time he dies, he comes back on ABC’s new show, “Forever.”

“He has loved and lost so many times that his memory and his capacity to remember things is almost sort of torturous to him,” Gruffudd says about his character in a new exclusive featurette video from ABC.

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Gruffudd plays New York City medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan who uses his profession to search for clues in other people’s deaths, hoping that someday he will be so lucky.

“He will evolve by being a person within the real world,” Gruffudd’s co-star Judd Hirsch explains, “but he won’t evolve as this physical guy who can experience getting old, getting sick or any of those things.”

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The new series promises to have flashbacks to moments from Morgan’s past, taking viewers back to the 1850s, the 1950s and the 1940s.

“The show is about mortality,” says creator and executive producer Matt Miller. “The irony of the show is you focus on a character that has the thing that all of us want more than anything, which is, basically, to live forever.”

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Watch TheWrap’s exclusive video preview below.

“Forever” gets a special two-day premiere starting Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET.