Wednesday, July 20, 2022

NBC Gives Series Order to Drama 'Found' Starring Shanola Hampton and Mark-Paul Gosselaar

NBC has today given a series order to the original drama series Found starring Shanola Hampton (Shameless) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell, Mixed-ish). The drama is likely to debut at midseason on the broadcast network's schedule.

In any given year, more than 600,000 people are reported missing in the United States. More than half that number are people of color that the country seems to forget about. Public relations specialist Gabi Mosely (Hampton) - who was once herself one of those forgotten ones - and her crisis management team now make sure there is always someone looking out for the forgotten missing people. But unbeknownst to anyone, this everyday hero is hiding a chilling secret of her own.

In addition to Hampton and Gosselaar, the drama stars Brett Dalton, Gabrielle Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Karan Oberoi and Kelli Williams.

Nkechi Okoro Carroll (All American) wrote the pilot, which was directed by DeMane Davis. They executive produce with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Lindsay Dunn. Hampton also serves as a producer. Warner Bros. Television, Universal Television, Berlanti Productions and Rock My Soul Productions produce.

"We are so happy to be working with Greg Berlanti and Nkechi Carroll on this incredible project that is so close to their hearts," said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal. "Found is very compelling while also shining a light on an issue that is extremely relevant, and we know with this group at the helm these stories will be told authentically across all aspects of the production. Additionally, we have been determined to find a vehicle for Shanola and this project on NBC could not be a more perfect fit."

"Getting to put Found on the air and share it with everyone is such an incredible dream come true," added Carroll. "The situation with missing people in this country is truly an epidemic in and of itself. I was inspired to create Found to not only entertain, but to help be part of the solution. I am so thankful to my producing partner Lindsay Dunn and my partners at WBTV, NBC, Universal and Berlanti Productions for all of their help and support. And I'm especially grateful to be reunited with Susan Rovner and Lisa Katz, both of whom have been champions of my stories since early in my career."