Just a little roundup of Getty promotional images for the original lineup of Wicked City starring our man Adam.
Airs tonight, Wednesday the 20th, at 10 PM ET on BBC America.
As a lost girl wanders the dangerous streets of the East End alone, the hunt for the traumatized and vulnerable girl grows more frenzied when reports arrive that she’s been ‘befriended’ by a renowned and iniquitous pimp. While there are still questions to answer about the death of Horace Buckley, the team of H Division unites to locate the girl.
Jackson confronts Dr. Frayn over her involvement in concealing the young girl, and it is her words which lead the team back to the haunting case of Jack the Ripper — the unsolved mystery which started this perilous journey for them all. Could this lost girl’s footsteps enable ghosts of the past to be laid to rest?
Tangible proof to bring Capshaw to justice finally arrives, but Capshaw and Long Susan aren’t willing to forgo everything they’ve worked so hard for without a fight.
Detective Inspector Drake must try to find his old friend Edmund Reid and bring them to justice.
Digital Spy is now reporting that Adam will be returning for Series 4 and 5 of Ripper Street and that the production schedules would have overlapped with ABC’s new Wicked City, thus the recasting reported below. So looks like a good day for fans of Homer Jackson, so-so day for fans looking for as much of Adam as humanly possible. Things should get firmed up on both of these stories pretty soon. We’ll update if there’s more detail, but it’s looking like the Wicked City’s loss is Whitechapel’s gain.
Deadline is reporting that the show is looking to recast three roles, including Adam’s. A commenter on the article claims that they’re going to have to do a pretty substantial reshoot. No sense of why they’re looking to replace our man, but it could be that they’re just looking to cast a bigger name in what is supposed to be the lead role to balance out Ed Westwick. If this comes to pass, it’s a real disappointment for Adam fans. We’ll keep an eye out for confirmation.
Airs tonight, Wednesday the 13th, at 10 PM ET on BBC America.
Chief Inspector Abberline asks Drake to take over the helm of H Division. But Drake is far from keen to preside over his friend’s desk.
The mysterious death of a clairvoyant takes a reluctant Drake, Jackson and PC Grace into a world of devious charlatans capitalizing on the grief of a sorrowful community. Further questions arise when Drake and Jackson meet one of the clairvoyant’s grief-stricken clients, who unlocks the heart of a deceptive scheme.
Meanwhile, Drake seeks solace in the arms of an old flame. But is she willing to risk her engagement to become a simple bobby’s wife?
Capshaw alerts Susan to the smoking gun they are holding and convinces her that the situation must be dealt with.
It’s being widely reported this morning that Amazon Prime UK has ordered two additional series about Whitechapel’s H Division. We’re unclear at this time who is returning beyond Jerome Flynn and Matthew Macfadyen, the only two castmates included in Amazon’s tweet on the matter. So, news to come on this one.
ABC takes its turn at television’s annual pitch session and we’ve got more news on Adam’s new anthology crime series. Looks like Wicked City will be a “gap” show in between halves of the new Quantico on Tuesdays at 10 PM ET. It will presumably air in the same January-February period as the 9 PM winter replacement series, Marvel’s Agent Carter. As far as we know, the current plan is for each season to be a standalone, so Adam will probably only appear in the first season, a la HBO’s True Detective.
In a conference call with the press, ABC President Paul Lee discussed this evolving strategy: “We felt the old model of original-original-repeat-repeat-repeat-original just didn’t reflect the way we were watching television … We all love to watch a run, particularly our serialized shows. And we are trained now to take a break… So that notion of taking a full season, running it, then resting it, then bringing it back, allows us to end a series with real momentum.”
“I think you’re seeing us hone that mid-season strategy,” Lee said. “When you look at the quality of the gap shows, ‘Wicked City’ is a crazy good pilot. ‘Secrets & Lies’ was a hit for us. So you’re seeing us put quality shows in the gap as well as on the rest of the season.”
We’ll post more news if it becomes available over the day.
UPDATED: According to Deadline’s liveblog of the network’s formal presentation, Lee says Wicked City “breaks all the rules of broadcast television.” The show “seduces and repels” and is the network’s highest-testing new show with millennials.
WICKED CITY – “Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case. “Wicked City” stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki. “Wicked City” was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “Wicked City” is produced by ABC Studios.
Adam’s new starring vehicle was ordered to series by ABC tonight. Formerly LA Crime, Wicked City will air sometime during the 2014-2015 season; more details will presumably be coming over the next few days during the television upfronts.
Each season is designed to follow a different case from a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock and roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Steven Baigelman wrote the script and exec produces with Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.
Cast: Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Ed Westwick as Kent, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver, Anne Winters as Vicki and Erika Christensen as Betty. (Overview taken from Variety.)
Airs tonight, Wednesday the 6th, at 10 PM ET on BBC America.
A routine murder inquiry in a curiosity shop reveals a secret underground cell. The murder itself may have links to Long Susan’s burgeoning property empire, Obsidian Estates, but Reid is far more concerned as to the identity and whereabouts of that cell’s prisoner, a young girl kept there for many years. It is an investigation which is to confront him with both his greatest shame; and his greatest hope.
Adam’s got a couple more projects in the works, one is a film we don’t know much about and the other is a pilot for a new ABC crime procedural.
The latter project, L.A. Crime, was directed by Ripper Street veteran Tom Shankland, who apparently “championed Adam for the role,” along with series producer Laurie Zaks. The series “explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in Los Angeles history. In the first installment, L.A. Crime: The Sunset Strip, two LA cops, Jack Roth (Rothenberg) and Paco Contreras (Gabriel Luna), will be searching for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial-killing team amid the coke-infused rock ‘n’ roll, revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.” Recent rumors seem to suggest odds are looking good for a series pickup, but we’ll presumably find out at the ABC upfronts on May 12, 2015, if not sooner.