FOX Entertainment’s President of Scripted Programming, Michael Thorn, announced today that the network has renewed two of its hit mid-season dramas, the crime anthology series Accused and the procedural drama Alert: Missing Persons Unit, for their second seasons. The shows are set to air in the 2023-24 season.
The critically acclaimed shows feature Scott Caan, Dania Ramirez, Adeola Role, and Ryan Broussard. Co-created by John Eisendrath and Academy® and Golden Globe-winning actor, singer, and comedian Jamie Foxx, both shows are co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment.
The second season of Alert will have Carla Kettner (known for her work in Panhandle, The Blacklist, and Bones) as its showrunner, with Eisendrath and Foxx on board as executive producers.
Accused is a BAFTA-winning crime anthology series comprising 15 gripping tales of crime and justice. Each standalone episode explores a different legal case, with all-new characters in different cities, told from the defendants’ perspective with flashes to the past. Its first season features notable Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award-winners Margo Martindale, Whitney Cummings, Michael Chiklis, Abigail Breslin and more; as well as acclaimed directors Billy Porter, Marlee Matlin and Tazbah Chavez.
Accused is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment, with Howard Gordon developing for American television.It is executive-produced by Alex Gansa, David Shore, Glenn Geller, Erin Gunn, All3Media America’s Jacob Cohen-Holmes, Jimmy McGovern, Sita Williams, Roxy Spencer and Louise Pedersen (All3Media International). Frank Siracusa and John Weber serve as additional executive producers. The show was created by McGovern in 2010 when it premiered on BBC One.
In Alert: Missing Persons Unit, set in the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit, Jason Grant (Caan) and Nikki Batista’s (Ramirez) attempt to work through their complicated personal lives after the tragic loss of their son as they face life or death searches for missing persons. The show is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment and boasts executive producers Jamie Foxx and John Eisendrath, with Season One showrunner Eisendrat. Carla Kettner will be joining the team as executive producer and showrunner for Season Two.
The writer and producer of hundreds of hours of television dramas, Carla Kettner recently co-created and ran Spectrum OriginalsRoku Originals’ Panhandle, starring Luke Kirby and Tiana Okoye. Kettner was the Executive Producer of The Blacklist, Bones, Vanished, and Mob Doctor before that. In addition, he has worked on Zoo, Night Shift, Early Edition, Judging Amy, Due South, and Strong Medicine.
Regarding the renewals, Thorn said, “Accused and Alert stand out as two of this season’s new broadcast and multi-platform success stories. Looking to 2023-24, we’ll continue to deliver on the powerful storytelling coming from both series, building on our incredible partnership with Sony and further solidifying FOX’s strong slate of dramas, giving our schedule tremendous season-to-season stability.”
“With Accused, Howard Gordon has taken the crime anthology to new heights and acclaim, featuring an all-star roster of directors and talent headlining gripping episodes that entertain viewers with a provocative, fresh take on many of the most relevant, timely issues of our day,” added Thorn. “Scott, Dania, John, and Jamie have done an incredible job launching Alert and bringing its story into heart-pounding focus, giving us an emotionally intense procedural drama that’s primed for even more success as Carla takes the day-to-day reins, continuing the great work we’ve seen this season.”
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