Finding Carter Stars Preview 'Intense,' 'Fun' New MTV Kidnapping Drama

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You’ve never seen a mother-daughter relationship quite as complicated as on MTV’s Finding Carter, premiering Tuesday at 10/9c — and that’s exactly what stars Kathryn Prescott and Cynthia Watros love about their new gig.

RELATED Finding Carter Trailer: First Look at MTV’s New Kidnapping Drama

Here’s the drama’s plot in a nutshell: After discovering that her “mom” is actually just a woman who kidnapped her as a young girl, Carter Stevens (Prescott) is reunited with her biological family, including her biological mother Elizabeth (Watros).

“This lovely rainbow tornado comes into our lives again, and we welcome her, but it shakes everything up,” Watros tells TVLine. “Elizabeth tries desperately to reconnect with this daughter that she hasn’t seen in 13 years. I think they’re more alike than they both want to admit, so they definitely clash.”

But while this all sounds heavy — and, to be fair, it is — Prescott insists that Finding Carter isn’t all gloom and doom.

finding-carter-hug“The first episode is really intense, because it’s like the rug is pulled out from under her, but after that … there a lot of fun moments,” Prescott explains.

For Elizabeth, however, the abduction drama consumes nearly every aspect of her life.

“Not only is Elizabeth a detective that wants to get this criminal, but more importantly, she’s a mom who lost years with her child,” Watros says. “She has to reconnect with Carter, who was essentially brainwashed. [The abduction] is always circulating with Elizabeth.”

Elizabeth will gradually become closer to her estranged daughter, but don’t expect Carter to start calling her “mom” anytime soon.

“Carter is grieving her mom, or the woman she’s always called ‘mom,'” Prescott says. “It’s like torture. The closer she lets Elizabeth get to her, the more she feels she’s like [her kidnapper] Lori get away.”

(Stockholm Syndrome doesn’t even begin to describe it.)

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12 Comments
  1. Marcus T. says:

    I like the premise but all the trailers make it look too stylized. Like a kidnapping show by the cw.

  2. ggny says:

    Emily Finch! <3

  3. csub says:

    should’ve…could’ve been done a la ‘The Killing’. would work better on an adult network/cable.

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  5. This sounds like the tv version of The Deep End of the Ocean.

  6. Ally Oop says:

    This is a lot like The Face on the Milk Carton but I’m all in. It looks like it’ll be a good one to watch.

  7. alistaircrane says:

    Why not just adapt The Face On The Milk Carton?

    • Eileen says:

      I was thinking that too. It had a great story!

    • johnhelvete says:

      Maybe because the more interesting version of the premise is where the “mom” is the actual kidnapper unlike Face on the Milk Carton where the “parents” who actually thought they were her grandparents are essentially blameless. Face on the Milk Carton is largely in the second half about deciding which parents the main character wants to live with, that is not an option in Finding Carter. Also a movie version was made in 1995 already, why not take a different approach to a similar premise.

  8. Jan says:

    Definitely will check it out. Sounds like it has potential.

  9. meatwad says:

    i’m curious enough to give it a three episode sampling

  10. lorraine says:

    Watching show now on demand I think it good and it tell u the side of carter finding out about her real family I think it good I will definity watch

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