ABC Gives Thriller Somewhere Between a 10-Episode Series Order

ABC is adding to its drama lineup, picking up the thriller Somewhere Between straight to series.

The drama, based on a Korean format, has been given a 10-episode order, the network announced Friday. Somewhere Between centers on a mother who knows when and how her daughter will be murdered… but she doesn’t know who the murderer is. (Are you creeped out yet?)

Here’s the full logline: “Laura Price isn’t crazy: She knows her daughter Serena is going to be murdered. She doesn’t know who the murderer is, or why she’s killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena’s fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer.”

No casting has been announced yet, but Stephen Tolkin (Brothers & Sisters) is on board as a writer/producer. The series is set to shoot in Vancouver, Canada.

Does Somewhere Between sound like a must-watch to you? Give us your first impressions in the comments.

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  1. Craiger says:

    Kind of sounds like Frequency.

  2. Guy says:

    The mom is probably the murderer herself.

  3. Degra says:

    I’m so tired of these limited premise mystery driven shows. Whatever happened to the good old days of straightforward linear serialization with a broad premise that could spawn several good seasons of material

    I don’t know why Hollywood is so enamored with these LOST type shows that rely on non linear structure, unanswered questions and a lot of unnecessary confusion

    • Bartimeus says:

      The networks just need to learn to end the shows when it’s time, and find ways to monetize outside of syndication, which is surely a dying thing anyway. The best shows are the complex ones, the ones that are like a novel that you get chapter by chapter. I am so over procedurals, and even most comedies. I want something that not only entertains me but tells me a good story that develops and grows and stimulates the imagination. TV over the past 15 years has exponentially gotten better overall because high concept shows have become the norm.

  4. Degra says:

    Have they not learned anything from Deception, revolution, the event, resurrection, flash forward, threshold, surface, invasion, helix, dead of summer, pretty little liars, daybreak, whispers, last resort, zero hour, the river, happy town, the family, persons unknown, under the dome, extant, the messengers, ringer, cult, Alcatraz, identity, touch, awake, blindspot, quantico, HTGawM etc etc

    • Judson says:

      Maybe they have learned. I think all those shows were suppose to be regular series, but just got axed due to low ratings. There are a lot of shows that have a good premise, but don’t a have good enough line for multiple seasons. A 10 episode arc, if they stick to it, may be just what many shows should have.

    • Brian says:

      Pretty Little Liars is an odd thing to list. That’s ending a 7 season run next year.

      It also just depends on execution. Something like American Horror Story could have easily failed like those, but it going at least 8 seasons.

      • Degra says:

        I wasn’t just pointing out the cancelled tv shows of this style but also how poorly they’re all done hence listing Pretty little liars which misdirected, swerved and was all over the map dragging out this prolonged mystery which ultimately was truly disapponting when it finally ended regarding A

    • Dennis says:

      Best post ever!

    • Dan the critic says:

      Every show you mentioned I agree with. There was also Believe.

    • IDK says:

      Someone calls the burn unit! Ouch. Seriously though, great list. (Although I wish Happy Town wasn’t on here. Oddball premise + Amy Acker means I really wish it had taken off.)

  5. filla says:

    The premise may sound ridiculous because it is kind of incomplete. If they really follow the Korean format, it is about a mother whose daughter get killed. Then, the God gifted her with time-travelling abilities exactly two weeks before the murder. So after that, the mother went into a mission to prevent the murder from happening.

    • herman1959 says:

      Hollywood doesn’t feel bound to a particular premise, even when they’re copying one from a novel or a TV show from another country. They probably removed some of the supernatural aspects to focus on the murder mystery like so many limited US series.

  6. Copy-cat shows are always done…while there are a lot of similar shows and history out there (Good list by Degra), my guess is ABC is trying to create their own “Stranger Things” type buzz

  7. Gen says:

    Well the Korean tv show was really good, so I hope they respect the story.

  8. Norm says:

    The mom did it.

  9. MLO says:

    I’d like to see Debra Messing in this one…

  10. I sense this would make a better film but I digress. I’ll be interested on the casting. Plus – haven’t people learned despite the changes you make on the timeline, the happenstance will still happen?

  11. J.B. Viggiano says:

    Seems well done and interesting storyline. Lots of side stories…we’ll see how well each one is developed. Pls. Not too occultish