ABC unveiled its fall season schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing a pair of midseason dramas, "Missing" and "The River," in which family members go in search of loved ones lost in exotic places.
"Missing," which will be film star Ashley Judd's most prominent TV gig to date, follows her former CIA agent character's desperate quest to find her teenage son, who's been kidnapped in Europe.
Along with Judd ("Kiss the Girls"), the show features Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones") and Cliff Curtis ("Trauma"); Gregory Poirier ("National Treasure: Book of Secrets") is the writer, and executive producers include James Parriott ("Sons of Anarchy") and Steve Shill, Emmy-winning director of "Dexter" who will direct episodes of "Missing."
"The River," from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, tracks the wife and son of a famous wildlife expert and TV personality who's disappeared in the Amazon. Their journey will be caught on film, verite-style, creating a pseudo-doc-within-a-drama. (That twist is courtesy of Oren Peli, creator of the low-budget blockbuster "Paranormal Activity," who came up with "The River's" story and is a series executive producer).
Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek"), Leslie Hope ("24"), Paul Blackthorne ("Lipstick Jungle") and Eloise Mumford ("Lone Star") lead the cast.
-- T.L. Stanley