Kyra Sedgwick to Star in ABC Drama Picked Up Straight to Series

Demi Moore was originally set to star in 'Ten Days in the Valley,' from the co-creator of 'Rookie Blue.'
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Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick is returning to series-regular television.

The Emmy and Golden Globe winner has been tapped to star in drama Ten Days in the Valley, which ABC has picked up straight to series with a 10-episode order, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Created by Rookie Blue grad Tassie Cameron, it first hit the marketplace in February with Demi Moore attached to star. (Moore was only attached to the series if it went to cable, sources say.) Sedgwick has now replaced Moore in the Skydance Television project that will debut in 2017. It's unclear if ABC will schedule it for midseason, summer or next fall.

The hourlong drama centers on Jane Sadler (Sedgwick), an overworked television producer and single mother dealing with a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane's world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art: Everything's a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted. 

"Playing Jane Sadler is exactly the deep and emotionally charged role I was searching for in a series," Sedgwick said Thursday in a statement. "I look forward to working with the team at Skydance, who have continuously created exceptional film and TV projects. We are all very excited that Ten Days in the Valley has found its home on ABC."

Production on the drama will begin next year. Cameron will serve as writer and showrunner and exec produce the series alongside Sedgwick and her manager, Jill Littman, as well as Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.

Ten Days in the Valley marks Sedgwick's first TV series-regular role following her seven-season role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on TNT drama The Closer. The actress received five Emmy and six Golden Globe nominations for the part, winning one of each. She next will direct husband Kevin Bacon in Lifetime's TV movie Story of a Girl, with production set to start in September in Vancouver for a premiere in 2017 following the telepic's festival run. Sedgwick is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and Schreck Rose.

Cameron, who recently wrapped ABC's Canadian import Rookie Blue after six seasons, is with CAA, Intellectual Property Group, Lesley Harrison in Canada and attorney David Fox.

The pickup marks new ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey's first straight-to-series scripted order — and its fourth off-network buy. Ten Days in the Valley joins a roster of freshman dramas that include Designated Survivor, Still Star-Crossed, Conviction, Time After Time and Notorious.

"Ten Days in the Valley has everything: It's a thriller, it's a taut, exciting love story and it has the kind of character our audience loves — a strong, powerful woman who is also dangerously flawed. We're thrilled to have the amazing Kyra Sedgwick play this compelling role," said Dungey.

For Skydance, the series comes as the independent production company has been expanding its TV footprint. The banner's recent scripted series include Netflix's Grace and Frankie as well as the upcoming Altered Carbon; Spike's Red Mars; Amazon's Jack Ryan and more.

"Kyra is an extraordinary performer who lends an incredible sense of intensity and commitment to her work, and we are so excited to partner with her, Tassie and ABC to bring our riveting new series to network television audiences next year," said Skydance TV president Ross.

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