Kyra Sedgwick made a name for herself on the small screen thanks to her starring role on TNT's The Closer, which ran for seven seasons from 2005 - 2012. She snagged an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work as LAPD closer Brenda Leigh Johnson, but she left TV drama after the Closer series finale. Now, Sedgwick will be returning to television in a big way to star in the upcoming ABC series Ten Days In the Valley.
Ten Days In the Valley will follow the story of workaholic TV producer Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick). Her police series stirs controversy from the public, and she's in the middle of a messy separation that's putting additional strain on both her and her daughter. Jane's life is turned upside down when her daughter disappears in the middle of the night and she finds herself immersed in the sort of crime story usually featured on the show she produces. Mysteries are wrapped in mysteries as everybody hides their secrets, and Jane must try to figure out who she can trust as she tries to get her daughter back. Ten Days has been ordered straight to series for an initial run of ten episodes, according to Deadline.
The new ABC thriller has been in the works for a while. Ten Days In the Valley began development early in 2016, with Demi Moore attached to star in February. It would have been Moore's first starring role on primetime TV and worth getting excited about in that regard. I can't help but be glad that Kyra Sedgwick has taken her place as lead. Sedgwick carried The Closer for seven seasons, and she's proved capable of handling emotional highs and lows within the context of law enforcement.
Kyra Sedgwick is best known on TV thanks to her role on The Closer, but's she also knows how to handle comedy on the small screen. Sedgwick landed the role of NYPD bigwig Madeline Wuntch on Fox police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She partnered with Andre Braugher to craft a dynamic that was basically straight man vs. straight man. The character wouldn't have worked at all opposite Braugher's Captain Holt if Sedgwick couldn't handle comedy as well as drama.
Of course, Ten Days In the Valley doesn't exactly sound like a barrel of laughs. Still, it's nice to know that the lead actress has the nuance to tackle anything that the new show might throw at her. Kyra Sedgwick is also set to executive produce on Ten Days In the Valley, along with writer/showrunner Tassie Cameron. The series will go into production at some point in 2017. We still have a while to wait before we'll get to see Sedgwick as Jane. The series order for ten episodes at least means Ten Days In the Valley won't be just another pilot lost in the primetime shuffle.
Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch while you wait for Ten Days In the Valley to debut on ABC.
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