MISSING New ABC Summer Show

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I remember when summer used to be a wasteland on TV. Nothing but re-runs or reality shows to get us through those long three months between the season finales of our favorite shows and the fall premieres. This is no longer the case now that networks have caught on to the fact that people do watch TV in the summer, just as much as they do in the winter. Okay, well, at least I watch just as much.

And now, we’ve got another drama from ABC to look forward to this summer. According to Deadline.com, the network has picked up a second new original scripted series for next summer: MISSING.

The show comes from feature writer Greg Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews, the producers behind ABC’s 2010 summer series The Gates. The new series was reportedly put on fast-track development in early fall with an order for 3-5 backup scripts.

Missing is produced by ABC Studios and Matthews and Scharbo’s Little Engine Prods. The show centers on a worried mom who, after her son disappears in Italy while overseas for a summer internship, takes it upon herself to travel to Europe and track him down. Soon it becomes clear that this isn’t any ordinary woman, but a former CIA agent who will stop at nothing to bring her son home alive. Emmy award winner Steve Shill (Dexter) is on board to direct multiple epidodes of the series, including the opener. He will also executive produce with Poirier, Scharbo and Matthews.

Over the summer, Missing will join two Canadian scripted series, the recently picked up untitled medical drama set in Afghanistan and Rookie Blue, which will be returning for a second season. ABC also ran 3 original scripted series last summer, Rookie Blue, The Gates and Scoundrels.

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