Pilot Scoop: Smash Alum Joins ABC's Sea of Fire Opposite Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter

Jack Davenport Sea of FireSmash‘s Jack Davenport is ready for his TV encore.

The actor has landed one of the lead roles opposite Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter in ABC’s Twin Peaks-esque drama pilot Sea of Fire, TVLine has learned.

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The conceit: When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface in a small town.

Davenport will play Marty Kesowich, the local sheriff who teams with FBI Agent Leah Pierce (Carpenter) to unravel the mystery of the girl’s disappearance. But as their investigation deepens, dark secrets emerge and the list of suspects grows ever larger.

Based on the Dutch series Vuurzee, the pilot was penned by Scandal‘s Jenna Bans, who will serve as an exec producer alongside Rob Golenberg, Laurie Zaks, Alon Aranya, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Robert Kievit, and Frank Ketelaar.

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28 Comments
  1. Ray says:

    It honestly seems that 70% of shows and pilots these days are based on some European or South American series. Has Hollywood exhausted all of its creativity?

  2. Viv says:

    Oh, that´s cool. Hoped he would be back on the small screen. :)

  3. Adore all these steam showers

  4. Sounds like a great show,but how many exec producers does one show need?

  5. Teag says:

    Interesting premise. Hope it goes to series. And I enjoy Carpenter.

  6. Rose says:

    The dutch series was amazing, hope the americans don’t mess it up

  7. KNR says:

    My British boyfriend is back! Excellent! :)

  8. xav says:

    Wonder if this show will make it. So many of his shows get cancelled, Swingtown, Smash, FlashForward.

  9. EJ says:

    Yes, xav, he’s swiftly becoming the male British version of Paula Marshall. Or Adam Goldberg.

  10. TW says:

    I love me some Jack Davenport, but everything he’s in (Smash, Swingtown, Flash Forward) doesn’t last more than a season or two.

    • Liz says:

      It isn’t Jack Davenport’s fault that Smash, Swingtown and Flash Forward were canceled. Btw, I really liked Swingtown, too bad that CBS never gave it a chance. That network prefers more NCIS dullness and lousy comedies.

      I like Jack Davenport and I look forward to another round of Twin Peaks. ;) If this series doesn’t work out, may I suggest that Mr. Davenport try out for something on HBO or Showtime. The quality of programming is much better and no lousy constraints.

  11. Joey says:

    So he’s basically the Sheriff Harry S. Truman of whatever town this is going to be. Sounds more and more like Twin Peaks the more I hear about it, which means I’m getting more and more excited.

  12. Danielle H. says:

    YAY!

  13. Angela says:

    Great cant wait, but living in South Africa how long before it hits our screens

  14. Titina says:

    Jack Davenport is too hot to be a sheriff. I miss my Derek Wills!
    Plus this story and premise has been done before. Next! Not interested.

    I just want Smash back in a cable network. Now, that would be awesome.
    But just the S1 original cast please. Thanks!

  15. Dan says:

    It also sounds a little like The Killing and BBC America’s show Broadchurch which was excellent. Hoping for a great show and continued success for Jennifer Carpenter.

  16. Lara says:

    Just watched the pilot of this show as a survey request on e-rewards. Ridiculously stupid show. Tons of cliches throughout. I would not recommend anyone wasting time on this garbage.

  17. Georgia Peterson says:

    Anything that Jack Davenport is in is worth watching. Loved him in Smash and Breathless. Hoping that 1TV will reconsider a sequel to Breathless. People will watch just to see what happens between Otto and Angela. Please….

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