Par­ent’s worst night­mare: Mother races to save daugh­ter in ‘Some­where Be­tween’

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - TV TIMES - By Kyla Brewer

When tragedy strikes, it’s easy to look back and think we could have done bet­ter. Re­liv­ing the past can be painful, but for one woman, a sec­ond chance could make all the dif­fer­ence in ABC’s new sum­mer thriller.

Paula Pat­ton (“Pre­cious,” 2009) stars as San Fran­cisco news pro­ducer Laura Price, who faces every mother’s worst night­mare when her daugh­ter is mur­dered in “Some­where Be­tween,” air­ing Tues­day, Aug. 1, on the al­pha­bet net­work. In a su­per­nat­u­ral twist of fate, Price finds her­self re­liv­ing the week be­fore the mur­der, and scram­bles to find a way to pre­vent it over and over again.

The sus­pense­ful thriller pre­miered on the net­work Mon­day, July 24. As the se­ries be­gan, Price was as­sist­ing the po­lice with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a re­cent string of mur­ders when the se­rial killer tar­geted her daugh­ter. Seem­ingly given a sec­ond chance to stop the homi­cide, she strug­gles to find a con­nec­tion be­tween her­self and the killer. Price soon re­al­izes that chang­ing her daugh­ter’s fate could re­quire mak­ing an ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

This isn’t Pat­ton’s first gig for ABC. In 2015, she starred in the pi­lot for “Run­ner,” a drama about a woman drawn into the world of car­tels and the il­le­gal gun trade be­tween the U.S. and Mex­ico. Un­for­tu­nately for Pat­ton,ABC passed on the se­ries, but she’s landed a sec­ond chance to head­line a TV se­ries with “Some­where Be­tween.” So far, her act­ing ca­reer has been fo­cused on the big screen. Pat­ton has had mem­o­rable roles in such hit films as “Idlewild” (2006), “Déja Vu,” (2006), “Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble - Ghost Pro­to­col,” (2011) and “War­craft” (2016).

“Some­where Be­tween” co-stars Devon Sawa as cop-turned-pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Nico Jack­son. Fans of CW’s now-de­funct spy drama “Nikita” may rec­og­nize Sawa as Owen El­liott, but the Cana­dian ac­tor has been act­ing since he was a child.As a young ac­tor, he landed a role in the sports com­edy “Lit­tle Giants” (1994), and later got his big break when he ap­peared in “Casper” (1995) op­po­site Christina Ricci (“The Ad­dams Fam­ily,” 1991), with whom he re­united in “Now and Then” (1995). He also had a lead­ing role in the pop­u­lar 2000 hor­ror flick “Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion.”

J.R. Bourne (“Star­gate: SG1”) por­trays Price’s hus­band, dis­trict at­tor­ney Tom Price, who’s de­scribed as “sen­si­tive yet pow­er­ful.” Bourne is best known to tele­vi­sion au­di­ences from his roles as Mar­touf in the science-fic­tion tele­vi­sion se­ries “Star­gate: SG1” and Chris Ar­gent in MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” Other TV cred­its in­clude “Re­venge” and “Fringe.” He’s also won two Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Van­cou­ver Film Crit­ics Cir­cle Awards for “On the Cor­ner” (2003) and “Ev­ery­thing’s Gone Green” (2007).

New­comer Aria Birch plays Laura and Tom’s daugh­ter, Ser­ena, a big­hearted child who views ev­ery­one as a new friend.

“Some­where Be­tween’s” guest stars in­clude Cather­ine Bar­roll (“Emily Owens, M.D.”), Imo­gen Tear (“The Ma­gi­cians”), Noel Jo­hansen (“The Age of Ada­line,”2015), Sa­man­tha Fer­ris (“The Tall Man,” 2012), Daniel Ba­con (“The BFG,” 2016) and Michael St. John Smith (“I, Ro­bot,” 2004).

Pat­ton and many other mem­bers of the cast had to re­lo­cate to Van­cou­ver, Canada, for film­ing. Bring­ing pro­duc­tion north keeps costs low for TV net­works, which of­ten broad­cast low­er­cost se­ries dur­ing the sum­mer months. How­ever, low costs and a shorter-thanaver­age sea­son just mean ABC will have to keep the plot con­cise, which writer Stephen Tolkin is poised to do.A writer, di­rec­tor and com­poser, Tolkin has worked on such tele­vi­sion se­ries as “Brothers & Sis­ters,” “Taxi Brook­lyn” and “Leg­end of the Seeker,” along with a bevy of TV movies.

There’s a lot rid­ing on “Some­where Be­tween,” which serves as a re­place­ment for the can­celed prime-time soap opera “Mistresses.” The new thriller is an adap­ta­tion of the 2014 South Korean SBS mys­tery drama “God’s Gift: 14 Days.”The Korean ver­sion of the se­ries was a huge hit and earned a num­ber of ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing a 2014 SBS Drama Award, so it wasn’t all that sur­pris­ing when ABC an­nounced a 10-episode straight-to-sea­son or­der in 2016.

The ABC drama is just one new se­ries based on a Korean for­mat, which seem to be in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with Amer­i­can net­works lately. This spring, writer David Shore (“NYPD Blue”) and ac­tor Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-0”) signed on to ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce “The Good Doc­tor” for ABC, a med­i­cal drama based on the Korean se­ries of the same name. Kim has also joined forces with Alexi Haw­ley (“Cas­tle”) and Ben Sil­ver­man (“Jane the Vir­gin”) to ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce the new CBS project “Ex­hibit A,” based on the South Korean se­ries “My Lawyer, Mr. Jo.”

While those se­ries are ex­pected to pre­miere later in the year, “Some­where Be­tween” will at­tempt to woo fickle sum­mer view­ers away from re­broad­casts of tried-and-true prime-time fa­vorites such as “NCIS: New Or­leans” on CBS and new episodes of the trendy sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion se­ries “World of Dance” on NBC, both air­ing in the same time-slot.

In con­trast, a bru­tal mur­der and su­per­nat­u­ral twist is a heady premise for a sum­mer se­ries, which typ­i­cally fea­tures lighter fare like game shows and re­al­ity TV se­ries. How­ever, the folks at ABC seem con­fi­dent its new drama has what it takes to com­pete in the prime­time mar­ket.Watch the mys­tery un­ravel in “Some­where Be­tween,” air­ing Tues­day, Aug. 1, on ABC.

Paula Pat­ton stars in “Some­where Be­tween”

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