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

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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.



Comments (26)

  • 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?

    Comment by Ray – February 3, 2014 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m not really complaining…half of these “copycat” shows are better than any original stuff Hollywood has come up with.

      Comment by Annie – February 3, 2014 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I remember asking that question 25 years ago. And back it was an already an age-old question…

      Comment by Tone LG – February 3, 2014 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No. If 70% of the shows are based on European or South American series, that suggests that they have at least 30% of their creativity left!

      Comment by Drew Melbourne – February 4, 2014 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, that´s cool. Hoped he would be back on the small screen. :)

    Comment by Viv – February 3, 2014 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Adore all these steam showers

    Comment by sauna and steam room – February 3, 2014 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like a great show,but how many exec producers does one show need?

    Comment by John S Mc Aleese (@tibbieman1) – February 3, 2014 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting premise. Hope it goes to series. And I enjoy Carpenter.

    Comment by Teag – February 3, 2014 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The dutch series was amazing, hope the americans don’t mess it up

    Comment by Rose – February 3, 2014 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ‘hope the americans don’t mess it up?’ ::sigh:: Rose, Rose, Rose…

      Comment by Liz – February 3, 2014 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My British boyfriend is back! Excellent! :)

    Comment by KNR – February 3, 2014 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • With, presumably, an American accent! this sounds good – I’ll definitely give it a whirl.

      Comment by vioricabritton – February 3, 2014 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Jack’s American accent isn’t all that great.

        Comment by xav – February 3, 2014 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Who says that his character needs to be American? You don’t need to be American to be a sheriff in an American town. :P

          Comment by Joey – February 3, 2014 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Mine!!! I miss the Coupling cast…hope they do a special like the one IT Crowd recently did

      Comment by Sara – February 3, 2014 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wonder if this show will make it. So many of his shows get cancelled, Swingtown, Smash, FlashForward.

    Comment by xav – February 3, 2014 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, xav, he’s swiftly becoming the male British version of Paula Marshall. Or Adam Goldberg.

    Comment by EJ – February 3, 2014 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Summer Glau, also.

      Comment by Joey – February 3, 2014 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Say it ain’t so! I love Jack Davenport (Coupling!!!) and Paula Marshall. Hope this is a good vehicle for him. But want to hear his accent. :-)

      Comment by Melanie – February 3, 2014 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love me some Jack Davenport, but everything he’s in (Smash, Swingtown, Flash Forward) doesn’t last more than a season or two.

    Comment by TW – February 3, 2014 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Liz – February 3, 2014 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Joey – February 3, 2014 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY!

    Comment by Danielle H. – February 3, 2014 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great cant wait, but living in South Africa how long before it hits our screens

    Comment by Angela – February 3, 2014 10:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Titina – February 4, 2014 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Dan – March 2, 2014 06:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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