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TV mega-producer Shonda Rhimes already has her hands full with a ratings-heavy monopoly on ABC’s Thursday night programming, but that doesn’t mean her company Shondaland won’t be moving forward with other projects. The latest, a drama pilot called The Catch, has landed quite a popular actress for its first cast member, as The Killing star Mireille Enos has landed the lead role. And you can bet that her experiences here will be just as mystery-filled.
The Catch, according to THR, is a thriller focusing on a worrisome woman who will soon get married, an event that puts her at the center of a dangerous con. Enos plays the plucky and minimalistic Alice, who works as a forensic accountant in Chicago.
Alice is set to marry Kieran, although she’s having many second thoughts, and her nerves are getting the best of her. Of course, it’s all for a good reason, as Kieran is the one doing the conning. But he doesn’t realize whom he’s dealing with, as Alice is a professional when it comes to investigating fraud. When each of their ulterior motives clash, the couple enters into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, and it doesn’t seem like a simple break-up will be the easy answer here.
For its writer, The Catch boasts Jennifer Schuul, who has served as a writer and producer on series such as Hannibal and Hostages. The pilot will be directed by TV vet Julie Anne Robinson, who has helmed episodes of both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. (No How to Get Away with Murder yet, though.) Rhimes and producer partner Betsy Beers will be executive producing, along with Helen Gregory and Life After Life novelist Kate Atkinson.
Interestingly enough, THR and many other outlets reporting the news say that The Catch is an adaptation of a Kate Atkinson novel, although I’m not sure which one it’s supposed to be. None of Atkinson’s nine books are called The Catch, and none of them share the same plotline as this pilot. Perhaps it’s an upcoming work of Atkinson’s, although news on it hasn’t been released yet.
Enos appeared in a variety of TV series for years before landing a role in HBO’s Big Love and then the lead in The Killing. Her work on the big screen is even more high-profile, as she’s starred in World War Z, Gangster Squad and Sabotage. Her next film will be Camille Thoman’s thriller You Were Never Here.
Regardless of its source, The Catch sounds like just the right kind of TV drama to get people wrapped up on a weekly basis. Here’s hoping Enos is joined by a roster of talent that will get ABC to pick up this pilot to series.