WATCH: President Eli Martinez in The Event

NBC’s The Event is the new conspiracy/suspense series starring Blair Underwood as U.S. President Elias Martinez. The Event premieres on Monday, Sept. 20, at 9:00pm EST/8:00 CST.

The Event is a conspiracy thriller about a secret so classified that it has even been kept from President Martinez, the newly elected American president of Afro-Cuban descent. At a special screening of the trailer for The Event held on September 4 at the 2010 Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge, Underwood was interviewed by Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle about his role before a live audience of attendees of the golf and tennis event. When asked by Dingle whether there is a special responsibility that comes with being a black man playing the president with a real black president, Barack Obama, in the White House, Underwood says, “I take responsibility for every role I take. I can’t just play the role. As a black actor, I don’t have that luxury.”