Last February, ABC announced that it would launch the drama series Avalonof David E. Kelley (Big Sky, Big Little Lies), having to Neve Campbell (Scream, The Lincoln Lawyer) signed in a leading role. The most recent news confirms via Variety, that the television network chose not to go ahead with the project, despite having given it the direct order to make it a series.
The series was based on the short story of Michael Connelly, who was on board as executive producer. The cast was made up Campbell, Demetrius Grosse, Alexa Mansour, Steven Pasquale y Roslyn Ruff.
Avalon would mark the second collaboration between Campbell and Kelley, after the actress co-starred in the legal drama The Lincoln Lawyer from Netflix, which is also based on Connelly’s work.
And despite being scrapped, it seems, it might not be the end for the project. This is what Variety reports:
“According to a person with knowledge of the situation, ABC opted not to go ahead with the series order for “Avalon” after screening the pilot. A+E Studios is said to remain optimistic about the project and is weighing options on how to proceed..”
This is what was previously released about the plot of the series:
“It is set in the town of Avalon on Catalina Island, where Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Detective Nicole “Nic” Searcy (Campbell) runs a small bureau. Catalina has a local population that caters to over 1 million tourists a year, and every day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of potential new stories enter the island. Detective Searcy finds herself embroiled in a mystery that will define her career and test everything she knows about herself and the island.”
“Nic is the only detective assigned to the Catalina Island substation. Somewhat inscrutable, Nic is not easily intimidated and stands firm in her morals. Ironically, her strong moral compass is what banished her to Catalina’s largest city, Avalon. It’s a job no LAPD officer wants, but Nic soon discovers that her valuable detective skills are needed more in Avalon than she could have imagined.”
Kelley was the creator and executive producer of Avalon, and scriptwriter of the pilot. Connelly, Dana Calvo, Ross Fineman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson were executive producers. The series is produced by A+E Studios and 20th Television.