In a series centered around marital infidelity, it's hard to know what kind of tone the story will aim for. Will Betrayal approach the drama as a romance that justifies two people's decisions to cheat on their spouses? Or will it go the Unfaithful/Fatal Attraction route in taking a dark turn? Soaps tend to find the gray area between these two approaches, mixing romance with conflict and so-wrong-it's-right clandestine love affairs, and based on what we know about Betrayal, I'm thinking that's where this series is headed. The above featurette offers no hint of how badly things can go wrong, only that two married people have made a choice. He chose to bring the scarf to her. She chose not to get on the train. Things get a bit more complicated from there.
Betrayal stars Hannah Ware as a wife, mother and professional photographer whose path crosses with Jack, an attorney, father and husband. The two form a connection that causes them to wonder if they're each others soul mates, despite the fact that they're both married to other people.
The official description for the series offers a bit more information on their backgrounds:
A chance meeting between Sara (Hannah Ware), a professional photographer, and Jack (Stuart Townsend), a top attorney, leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sara's husband, Drew (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, and the couple have a seven-year-old, Oliver. Unbeknownst to Sara, Jack is in-house counsel to a powerful but somewhat shady entrepreneur, Thatcher (James Cromwell), and is married to Thatcher's daughter, Elaine (Wendy Moniz). Elaine, secure in her relationship with Jack, is a smart, determined woman attempting to make her Chicago café a success on her own terms, as well as be a good mother to the couples' 16-year-old twins, Valerie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and Victor (Braeden Lemasters). However Sara and Jack both realize something is missing in their marriages, and fight against the realization that they've met their soul mates in one another.
Things get complicated when Thatcher's brother-in-law is murdered and Sara's husband, Drew, ends up working as the prosecuting attorney on the case, while Jack is working the defense, serving as the attorney to Thatcher's mentally challenged son, T.J. (Henry Thomas), who's accused of the crime. Suffice it to say, this case is an emotional one for all parties involved. The fact that Sara and Jack happen to be sneaking around together only makes things even more dramatic.
Watch the trailer for Betrayal below:
And catch the series premiere of Betrayal Sunday, September 29, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
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