Red Widow is ABC's newest drama, and we sat down with Radha Mitchell, Goran Visnjic, and the show's screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to find out more about the series. Radha and Goran gave us the scoop on their characters' complex backgrounds, while Melissa talked about her previous work on Twilight and Dexter. Watch our interview to see what else they said about how they landed the roles and what's to come this season. Red Widow airs Sundays at 10/9 Central on ABC.
In ABC's midseason crime thriller Red Widow, Radha Mitchell stars as Marta, a woman who must rethink life as she knows it. When her drug-trafficking husband (Anson Mount) is murdered, Marta is forced to choose between cooperating with the authorities or protecting her family of Russian criminals. Sound like something you might be interested in? Before it premieres tonight, read on to find out our take on the new show.
- What it's about: Marta and her sister Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) were born into a powerful family of Russian mobsters, and though it's not a world Marta wants to take part in, her husband is immersed in the family's dirty doings. Just when Marta convinces him to leave it behind, he's brutally gunned down in their driveway, leaving behind a huge pile of debt. Marta must get past her crippling grief to take care of her children and decide to take part in the criminal life she's tried to escape.
- Where it works: Though her husband's death is heartbreaking, the show really kicks it up a notch when Marta is on her own. She may seem like a proper housewife, but Marta has an edge. Her craftiness is surprising, making her a more entertaining character than I anticipated.
- Where it doesn't: The pilot didn't grab my attention the way some of primetime's other dramas have. I'm hoping there will be less talk and more action in the upcoming episodes.
- You might like this show if: You're looking for a more grown-up Revenge.
- When it's on: Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Watch a preview and see some pictures from Red Widow after the jump.
Midseason drama Red Widow premieres this Sunday, and I recently sat down with the cast on set in Vancouver to talk about the new show. Stars Radha Mitchell, Goran Visnjic, and Luke Goss talked about their characters on the crime series, while series creator Melissa Rosenberg (better known as the screenwriter of the Twilight films) shared why she wanted to develop the show. Watch now and don't forget to tune in to the show Sunday on ABC.
British actor Luke Goss may have made his name playing tough guys, but when he visited our LA studios recently, he told us he gravitates toward roles that offer a little something more than just action. Luke will next appear in ABC's soon-to-premiere series Red Widow as a bodyguard for the show's title character. We talked to Luke about working with Twilight and Dexter writer Melissa Rosenberg on the series. He also gave us a preview of his next film, Interview With a Hitman, which hits DVD and Blu-ray March 5. Check out our chat and catch the special two-hour premiere of Red Widow on Sunday at 9/8 Central on ABC.
We caught up with Erin Moriarty at the Sundance Film Festival, where her new movie Toy's House premiered. She spoke about playing the love interest in the coming-of-age film, as well as her particularly crucial scene involving a snake. Moriarty can also be seen in Red Widow, which premieres on ABC on March 3.
Even if you don't know who Melissa Rosenberg is, you've probably seen her work; she's the screenwriter behind all the Twilight movies and was a head writer on Dexter for the first four seasons. Now she's running her own show, Red Widow, as creator and executive producer, and she came to the TCA with the stars of the midseason series, including Radha Mitchell and Goran Visnjic. Mitchell plays the lead character, a mother who is pulled into a crime web after the death of her husband, while Visnjic plays a drug lord pulling the strings. The two talked about their characters and what drew them to the show, while Rosenberg gave other tidbits about the series.
- Mitchell describes her main character of Marta as a housewife who's been "avoiding her criminal upbringing by living a life of a soccer mom, [then is] dragged into a world she has been trying to avoid her whole life." Mitchell calls it her dream role, since she sees similarities between Marta and a character she had always been fascinated by: the heroine of La Femme Nikita, "a woman who discovers all these strengths under duress."
- Visnjic originally turned down the character of Schiller because he only appears briefly in the pilot, but he reconsidered after he said Rosenberg made "promises about what he would be." It sounds like Visnjic will be a big part of the series, and he assured us that "from episode two on, it's really fun, unusual stuff I've never done before." Another bonus? "I love the suits!"
- Anson Mount (who memorably starred in Crossroads as Britney Spears's love interest) plays Radha's husband who gets killed in the pilot, and Rosenberg talked about whether we'll ever see him again. At first things sounded hopeful, because she said once he was cast, "we all loved him" and thought "maybe he should come back." Unfortunately, Mount was sacrificed for the story, ultimately, and Rosenberg decided to stick to the focus of Marta moving forward. "It's about moving forward, and the shift into her relationship with Schiller," Rosenberg said.
Another day at the upfronts means there's another crop of new shows to check out and judge. Today, ABC took its turn to present its new shows, and the slate of comedies and dramas features a lot of familiar faces. See which veterans of shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives will be showing up come Fall, and get a peek at all of their new projects.
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Upfronts are in full swing, and it's time to get acquainted with the new series that'll be hitting the small screen in Fall 2012. ABC has revealed the shows it's ordered after announcing which shows it's canceling, and we've got the info on the pilots right here.
- Malibu Country: Reba McEntire plays a woman who moves with her kids from Nashville to Malibu to live with her mother (Lily Tomlin) after her husband cheats on her.
- How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life: Sarah Chalke stars as a recently divorced woman who has to move in with her eccentric parents, played by Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins.
- Family Tools: A man (Kyle Bornheimer) puts his life on hold to take over the family handyman business from his father, played by J.K. Simmons.
- Neighbors: A family, which includes Jami Gertz, moves into a gated community and discovers that it's full of aliens disguised as humans.
- 666 Park Ave.: Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor play a couple who notice supernatural occurrences in the New York City apartment building they've been hired to manage.
- Last Resort: The crew of a nuclear submarine (played by the likes of Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher) has to escape to a NATO outpost after they ignore an order to fire nuclear missiles.
- Zero Hour: Anthony Edwards stars as a longtime editor of a magazine that disproves conspiracies when he's pulled into one.
- Red Widow: The widow (Radha Mitchell) of a murdered criminal has to take over his place to save her family.
- Nashville: This family soap follows two country stars, played by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, one who's at the top of her career and another whose star is just rising.
- Mistresses: Alyssa Milano stars in this drama about the love lives of four women, which also costars Lost's Yunjin Kim.