Starz’s The Missing is pulling an American Horror Story.
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The first installment of the series, a co-production with the BBC, centers on Tony (The Hobbit‘s James Nesbitt) as a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. Unable to accept that his child may be dead, he spends years searching for him at the expense of his marriage to Emily (Mr. Selfridge‘s Frances O’Connor). No casting for the second season has been announced.
The second season will again be written and exec produced by brothers Harry and Jack Williams. New Pictures’ Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke, BBC’s Polly Hill and Playground’s Colin Callender will also exec produce. All3media international retains all U.S. rights not obtained by Starz.
The series has been a critical favorite and recently earned Golden Globe nominations for best miniseries and lead actress in a mini for O’Connor.
“The remarkably talented Williams brothers crafted a beautifully complex and heart-wrenching story with The Missing and while the story, character and locations will be different in this new iteration, we anticipate the same captivating longform storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. “We have been thrilled with the critical response and look forward to continuing our terrific collaboration with the BBC, New Pictures and Playground Entertainment.”
The season finale airs Jan. 10, with previous episodes available on demand starting Dec. 20. In the U.K., where the series aired ahead of the Starz broadcast, The Missing averaged more than 7 million viewers each week on BBC One.
For Starz, The Missing is part of an original scripted lineup that also includes Black Sails, DaVinci’s Demons, Power, Outlander, Flesh and Bone, Survivor’s Remorse, Blunt Talk, The Girlfriend Experience, The One Percent and Evil Dead.
The Missing becomes the latest anthology series to take shape as broadcast and cable networks alike look to lure viewers in an increasingly competitive scripted landscape with short-run stories and A-list stars. HBO found ratings and critical success with anthology True Detective; FX now has American Horror Story and American Crime Story; Fox ordered horror comedy entry Scream Queens straight to series; and NBC did the same with its anthology Manhunt.