Monday, February 28, 2022

David E. Kelley's Adaptation of Michael Connelly's 'Avalon' Lands Series Order at ABC

ABC has today given a series order to the original drama series Avalon developed by David E. Kelley (Big Sky, Big Little Lies) based on a short story by Michael Connelly (The Lincoln Lawyer, Bosch). The drama joins the broadcast network's 2022-23 schedule.

Set in the main city of Avalon on Catalina Island, LA Sheriff Department Detective Nicole "Nic" Searcy heads up a small office. Catalina has a local population that serves more than one million tourists a year, and each day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of potential new stories enter the island. Detective Searcy is pulled into a career-defining mystery that will challenge everything she knows about herself and the island.

Kelley and Connelly will executive produce with Ross Fineman, Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson. 20th Television and A+E Studios will produce.

"David E. Kelley is one of the great storytellers of our time and we are excited to continue our successful relationship with him on what we believe will be his next epic series on ABC," said Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. "Michael Connelly's short story is ripe with mystery and intrigue, and we can't wait for David and Michael to bring this eerie and captivating world to life."

"Excited to reunite with Michael Connelly," added Kelley. "He's written a fantastic short story, a great protagonist. Can't wait to get started."

"Being on a project with David E. Kelley again is amazing," shared Connelly. "This whole team of David, A+E and Ross Fineman has been wonderful to work with previously; and now joining up with ABC, well, I can't wait to start. Catalina is full of mystery and good storytelling. We're going to put it on the screen."