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The Family is an upcoming American political drama television series. It was created by and executive produced by Jenna Bans, former ShondaLand regular writer. The series follows on the return of the mayor's young son, who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. The series stars Joan Allen as villainous Claire Warren, ambitious and manipulative mayor of the fictional city Red Pines, Maine, and matriarch of the Warren family, who announces her candidacy for governor when her son Adam (played by Liam James) returns after having been kidnapped 10 years previous. It will have a special premiere on Thursday, March 3, 2016, on ABC before moving to its regular time slot on Sundays beginning March 6, 2016.[1]

ProductionEdit

Development and filmingEdit

On September 24, 2014, it was announced that ABC bought the original concept of the untitled mystery drama from Scandal regular writer Jenna Bans.[2][3] The series is produced by ABC Studios and Mandeville Television; Bans serves as executive producer with David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks. ABC green lit the pilot on January 28, 2015.[4]

The pilot episode, directed by Paul McGuigan, began filming on March 12, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[5][6][7] Later episodes began filming in New York City in September 2015.[8]

CastingEdit

Casting advertisement began in February 2015. On February 13, Zach Gilford was the first to be announced as a regular cast member, playing the role of the older brother.[9] On February 19 Liam James was cast in the key role of the young son who was presumed dead.[10] On February 25, it was announced that Margot Bingham was cast as one of the female lead roles, playing a police sergeant.[11] On February 25, it was announced that three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen will play the leading role of mayor and Warren family matriarch.[12] The show would be her first broadcast series regular role after many years starring in movies.[12][13][14] On the same day Alison Pill was cast as the mayor's daughter and campaign manager.[15][16] Floriana Lima was cast as a young reporter.[14] On March 10 it was announced that Andrew McCarthy will play Warren’s former neighbor who spent 12 years in prison for Adam's murder.[17] On March 16, it was announced that Rupert Graves was cast in the final series regular role as Claire Warren's husband.[18]

On October 2, 2015, Grant Show joined the series in the major recurring role as Democratic Governor and Claire's rival.[19][20]

Cast and charactersEdit

Regular castEdit

Recurring castEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Andreeva, Nellie (November 16, 2015). ABC Sets Midseason Schedule & Return Dates, No ‘Secrets & Lies’ Or ‘Uncle Buck’. Deadline.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2015.
  2. Lesley Goldberg. 'Scandal's' Jenna Bans Sells Political Thriller to ABC. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  3. Nellie Andreeva. ABC Buys Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans & Mandeville. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  4. Nellie Andreeva. ‘Flesh & Blood’ Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans Gets ABC Pilot Order. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  5. Untitled Jenna Bans Project. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  6. Lesley Goldberg. TV Pilots 2015: The Complete Guide. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  7. SHOOT: ABC’s Untitled Pilot with Joan Allen in Hornby Plaza Downtown - yvrshoots. Retrieved on March 17, 2015.
  8. Laurie Zaks. Twitter. Retrieved on 3 October 2015.
  9. Nellie Andreeva. Zach Gilford Cast In Jenna Bans ABC Pilot, Ed Oxenbould In 'Chev & Bev'. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  10. Nellie Andreeva. Liam James Cast In ABC Jenna Bans Pilot. Deadline. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  11. Denise Petski. Diane Guerrero Joins CBS' 'Super Clyde'; Margot Bingham In ABC's 'Flesh And Blood'. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Lesley Goldberg. Oscar Nominee Joan Allen to Star in ABC's Jenna Bans Drama. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  13. Joan Allen cast on ABC's Jenna Bans pilot. Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2015.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Nellie Andreeva. Joan Allen To Star In Jenna Bans ABC Pilot. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  15. Nellie Andreeva. Alison Pill Cast In Jenna Bans ABC Pilot. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  16. Lesley Goldberg. 'Newsroom's' Alison Pill Boards ABC's Jenna Bans Thriller. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  17. Denise Petski. Christine Taylor Joins NBC’s 'Sharing'; Andrew McCarthy In Jenna Bans' ABC Pilot. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2015.
  18. Denise Petski. Rupert Graves To Co-Star In ABC's Jenna Bans Pilot, James Floyd Joins 'Of Kings And Prophets'. Deadline.com. Retrieved on March 17, 2015.
  19. Denise Petski. Grant Show Cast In ABC Drama Series ‘The Family’ - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 3 October 2015.
  20. Matt Webb Mitovich. Devious Maids‘ Grant Show Joins ABC’s Midseason Thriller The Family - TVLine. TVLine. Retrieved on 3 October 2015.
  21. http://deadline.com/2015/10/jessie-mueller-cast-the-family-darius-mccrary-minority-report-1201592276/


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