ABC has an interesting looking series set to premiere during midseason that sounds like a combination of the films Double Jeopardy and Taken. In Missing Ashley Judd plays a former CIA agent whose son goes missing in Europe. She has a special set of skills and…well… you can probably guess what happens next.
When writing up the story on CBS’ Person of Interest, I commented on how I think the better super-hero stories on TV will be the ones involving non-super people doing super things. No capes. No tights. Just regular people with the right kind of motivation. Missing seems to fall under that category.
I won’t try to argue that Double Jeopardy’s the greatest suspense thriller ever made, but in that film, Judd proved she can play a strong, realistically emotional, capable woman-on-a-mission, which makes it easy to picture her in this new role. I’m excited and optimistic for this one. I just wish ABC had it on the schedule for the fall instead of next year.
Below is ABC’s synopsis for the series and further down are a few clips from the premiere episode:
Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd) learns that her son, Michael, disappears while studying abroad, and it's a race against time when she travels to Europe to track him down. A surprising turn of events reveals just how far one mother will go to protect her family. Exotic locations and thrilling twists will keep you riveted in Missing.
How far would you go to save the only thing you have left in the world? At 8 years old, Michael watched as his father, CIA Agent Paul Winstone, was murdered. Now 10 years later, Paul's wife, Becca, is faced with the reality of her son growing up. When Michael is afforded the opportunity to study abroad, his mother reluctantly agrees it's time to let him go. Just a few weeks into his trip Michael disappears, and Becca immediately suspects foul play. When she arrives in Rome, she begins piecing together the clues left behind. It isn't long before the kidnappers realize they've picked a fight with the wrong woman. Becca Winstone has a secret of her own -- before Paul's death, she was also a lethal CIA Agent. But if she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends and reopen old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill and determination will be put to the test - but a mother's love knows no limits.
Missing stars Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy, Kiss the Girls) as Becca Winstone, Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Paul Winstone, Cliff Curtis (Trauma) as Dax, Adriano Giannini (Oceans Twelve) as Giancarlo, Nick Eversman (Cinema Verite) as Michael Winstone and Tereza Voriskova (Borgia) as Oksana.
Missing comes from writer Gregory Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and executive producers Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo (The Gates), Steve Shill (Emmy winner for directing Dexter who will direct episodes of Missing) and James Parriott (Sons of Anarchy). Missing is produced by Stillking Films.
Missing will air on ABC during Midseason 2012.
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