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I’ve already told you about the first, now it’s the turn of the second. The series created by Oded Ruskin – the origin of False Flag , Homeland ‘s Israeli air program – Absentia is an international collaboration.
The new thriller comes straight from AXN and, to tell you the truth, I did not know at all what channel is dependent on Sony Pictures. It is available in some European countries, and it is to promote its European subsidiary that for the first time it financed with Absentia an original program that was filmed in Bulgaria.
The disadvantage is that no American or French channel has acquired the rights for the time being , whereas the program will be released on September 25 on AXN.
Absentia, what is that talking about?
Emily Byrne is an FBI agent who was held hostage for three years and then missed for another three years, which resurfaced overnight without being able to tell what happened to her.
Did you think of Castle when the writer played by Nathan Fillion disappears having forgotten everything? Yes, before I see the episode. Because really, the tone has nothing to do here.
In the meantime, Emily Byrne’s husband, Nick, has resurrected in Absentia with another woman who raises her son (cuckoo Alias ), and feels torn between the feelings he still feels for his ex-wife and Its fidelity to the present.
So we will follow them to understand what really happened, if it’s a conspiracy or if Emily has become a double agent linked to a series of murders.
Absentia, the new Homeland?
Only the first episode was screened in Monte Carlo, but in any case, it makes you want to see more.
There are many similarities between Homeland and Absentia .
At the level of the investor team already, since the Israeli producers are those who produced Hatufim , the series that inspired Homeland .
But also in terms of tone. Dark and a little stuffy, this thriller is approaching the family drama.
The heroine must prove, against all odds, that his version of the facts is the true one. And even if her loved ones want to support her, they are still in delicate situations where they do not know how to react.
Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger present their characters in Absentia
Do you know how hard it is to not sully someone you really like? I had to control myself for Stana Katic because I love Castle – which was not at all the subject of his presence here.
And the actress was really nice and pleasant despite her apparent shyness.
In the same way, Patrick Heusinger was very accessible, and it shows that he is super motivated and invested in Absentia , his first series as a lead!
Source (Translation via Google)
The Absentia series is at the very moment very classic for police-sensation production. Emily Byrne ( Stana Katic ), an FBI agent, disappears without a trace while investigating a serial killer. After six years, through an anonymous phone, she is found in a forest hut. She does not remember anything that happened when she was detained, or at least claimed. Her return home is not as joyful as she might think. Her husband Nick ( Patrick Heusinger ), also an FBI agent, has already reconciled with her death and managed to get married again. Son Flynn (Patrick McAuley), because of his young age, also does not remember her and rather treats his father’s new wife – Alice ( Cara Theobold ) – as his real mother. All in all, her brother Jack ( Neil Jackson ), a good doctor once, fought hard. In one word – the world she came back to has long forgotten about her and her sudden appearance to many is a big problem.
At the same time, an investigation is underway, both by the FBI and by the cop, who was present at the discovery of Emily. Tommy Gibbs ( Angel Bonanni ) wants to solve the mystery of her disappearance. As it is easy to imagine, the FBI and the police do not cooperate successfully.
Read what the producers tell us about this production!
Stana Katic: I think this psychological aspect has drawn me to this story. It is not one-dimensional and simple. We have an FBI agent, an avid revenge on the man who robbed her from six years of age. For this she must fight with jealousy and despair for her lost family. Suddenly someone took her place and did not melt in the air just because Emily came back. Her husband loves another one already.
Patrick Heusinger: If it were only the return show of a lost wife home, it would probably be a boring soap opera. However, we go much further. Emily came back for some reason. Someone specially held her in hiding for so many years. The fact that she was released now is not irrelevant. This puzzle is our biggest asset. Heroes along with the audience discover what’s going on.
Stana Katic: This is a completely different series than Castle , with whom I’ve been involved for so many years. There every episode was a closed story. Of course there was a thread in every season, but it was just an add-on and it was changing a lot. Here we have everything run like in a full-length action movie. Absentia is not as funny as Castle. It has a more serious and dark tone.
Absentia’s action takes place in Boston, but 100% of the shootings took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. There were a dozen or so streets that were a faithful copy of the American. They are standing on them cars and radios on the Boston registrations. As if I had slept all the way and woke up on the set, I would have no problem telling myself that we are in the USA.The scene I was supposed to watch came from the first episode. Jack, Alice and Flynn come to the cemetery to lay flowers on Emily’s grave for the anniversary of her death. They are accompanied by Adam Radford ( Ralph Ineson ), Emily’s former partner. Suddenly the gentlemen get a strange phone with the message that the woman whose tombstone is in front of their eyes has just been found in the woods.
Interestingly, there were several alternative approaches to the scene where Patrick had to react more or less emotionally to the message. I do not know, of course, which version we will see on the screen, but both came out cool. As it happens on the set, it did not go without many repetitions, and it was … the cars. Now the actors had the task of driving around the cemetery, placing flowers, and then after receiving the news, quickly get to one of the cars and drive away. The key was the distance between parking the two cars, which was too many times and the vehicle the heroes had to leave, could not do it smoothly without correction. I hope you will be able to see the bloopers from these scenes someday, because Ralph’s nervousness for the fast and smooth departure was hilarious.
Interesting thing. The gravestones that you can see on one of the photographs are made of polystyrene, moreover they were used in many other productions. They come from a magazine that contains only tombstones borrowed to shoot scenes in cemeteries. Not all of them have been checked to make sure each one is fictitious. There is even a special department dealing only with this issue.
I also had the opportunity to see the mysterious hut in which the main character was found and perhaps she was held. According to one of the team’s representatives, the key to solving the puzzle lies in this small cottage. After seeing a few things left by the crew I guess what it is, but I will leave this knowledge to myself not to ruin your fun.
Is it a serial of one season? Stana states that there are opportunities to continue.
“We will see how the audience will accept our production. We leave ourselves a gate to return to our heroes. We did our best work as we could. Now in the hands of the spectators. Also those in Poland.”
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1. How & when did you become conscious about how your lifestyle affects the planet?
I think a lot of it was just part of my upbringing. People in my family have always had gardens & fruit trees; a lot of my family had household livestock. So, the importance of chemical-free food sources and “nothing goes to waste” mentality was something I was raised with. I suspect caring for the environment was a natural outcropping from that foundation.
2. How important is it for celebrities & influencers to encourage people to be green?
People with a large outreach on social media can be particularly helpful educators. Lifestyle choices that are kind to our natural surroundings are often fun, healthy and easy. Highlighting helpful pointers can do an immense amount to open up new and improved ideas on “how to do it better.”
We can also shed light on current events that are perhaps not covered by mainstream media but are particularly vital to the environment.
Finally, public individuals can be key in giving new green technology the PR boost needed to leap into the marketplace and make products accessible and affordable for everyone.
3. Do you feel your audience is starting to adopt some of your eco-friendly habits?
EMA Board Member Amy Smart posted a video highlighting a clever way to make composting easier. It was serendipitous as I had been looking for more efficient ways to create good, juicy compost for my fruit trees. So, as an audience member myself, I can say I’m definitely adopting other people’s nature-friendly habits.
4. With the 27th Annual EMA Awards around the corner, what is your fondest EMA Awards memory?
I was part of the committee judging documentaries one year. It was the year GMO OMG and Virunga were nominated. All of the documentaries that year were impactful and entertaining. I was moved by them and made a point of sending a shout-out for each one of those projects on my social media platforms. It was a privilege to serve to broaden their reach & audience through the EMA Awards.
5. Do you think people in Europe & Canada are more inclined to be green than here in the US?
Not necessarily. City infrastructure like waste-management (with accountable nation-wide recycling & composting receptacles) or efficient public transit may be more developed outside of the US– Japan is admirable on both of these fronts.
But as far as the average American is concerned, I see many smaller towns and communities that are very diligent about protecting natural waterways from polluting agents, for instance. And then there’s the whole “farm-to-table” movement that is bringing a larger demand for farmers-market-styled, locally-sourced foods.
The wonderful thing about living “green” is that it often entails simple decisions that in many ways create a healthier & more satisfying lifestyle; and I think Americans –especially small farmers and green tech innovators– are doing a great job of leading the way to fueling our bodies and our communities into a healthy and lucrative future.
The show, which had its world premiere at the festival this weekend, marks the first series for the international networks group.
When Sony Pictures Television Networks world premiered Absentia at the Monte Carlo Television Festival over the weekend, it wasn’t just the first episode of the FBI thriller — it was the first show developed by the group that operates branded channels around the world.
“This is the first time that we fully developed, fully funded and produced a venture,” said SPTN executive vp production Marie Jacobson.
It’s a new strategy for the multichannel networks group, which has been airing American procedurals and dramas on its international networks, including Sony Networks and AXN, for two decades.
“Frankly, for us to go and commission our own original content, we really do have to look at new and different ways to make that happen. Absentia is the embodiment of that strategy,” said Jacobson.
The show — part thriller and part procedural with a touch of Nordic noir — stars Stana Katic (Castle) as an FBI agent who returns six years after being kidnapped. The show is set to air on the networks group’s AXN channel around the world and Showcase in Canada, and is seeking a U.S. home after debuting to buyers at L.A. Screenings.
“We’ve been able to create a show that is produced in a nontraditional manner and that speaks to our flexibility as a studio, our global focus and our ability to be collaborative and smart in terms of the way in which we can leverage the power of the networks group and the power of the distribution group,” said Sony Pictures Television president distribution Keith LeGoy.
The studio took an international approach to the series, casting actors from as far away as Uruguay and Mexico. Absentia is produced by Israel’s Masha TV, the team behind Homeland’s Israeli original, and directed by Oded Ruskin (False Flag). It was shot on an indie film schedule over 62 days in Bulgaria (standing in for Boston), a set that Katic says was the most collaborative she’s ever worked on.
“It came down to the style of set that Sony set up; they set up a real collaborative system,” said the actress. “I feel like this branch of Sony was open to collaboration in a new way because they are new at developing content.”
The character was a physical challenge for Katic, who spends several scenes beat up and bloodied, and she also performed most of her own stunts in one of Bulgaria’s coldest winters in years.
“The country added value to the story because we had locations that were unusual. They felt like Boston but not entirely, and there is this tone to the country that added to the color and feel of the story, to the thriller and suspense element of it. The untouched natural space that we could get in Bulgaria really created a kind of edginess,” she added.
As for the demise of the procedural, LeGoy pronounces any diagnosis too soon. “Traditional broadcasters have been telling us that they need those kind of incredibly powerful procedurals that have worked for decades,” he said. “Procedural dramas will always have an incredibly important place for broadcasters on their schedules and in their investment strategies.”
For SPTN, it is doubling down on the new strategy — it already has a second show starring a well-known American actor in the works.
This morning, we got a little bit of an unexpected surprise while covering the upfront for Corus up in Canada: An Absentia trailer.
Before we dive into it, here are a few things to note: Alas, we don’t have any video to share. If we were to share it, we would probably disappear in a way similar to Stana Katic’s Emily Byrne. We’re also going to be hesitant to get into too many details at this time. That’ll come, guys! Have no fear.
The big impression that we want to give is that the first real footage we saw of the series was wonderfully atmospheric, haunting, and powerful. The entire premise of the show was laid out: Emily was gone for an extended period of time, and in that time the life for her husband Nick Durand was changed. You get a sense of his old life, and how he learns that Emily is still alive. Many of the images that you’ve seen in promotional art for the show to date will come into play in some shape or form. The same goes for some of the quotes that you may have heard to date. Everyone who’s been behind the promotional campaign for the show to date has been very intelligent and deliberate with what they’ve chosen to say.
It’s hard to judge an entire series based solely on a clip, one that we weren’t exactly able to watch too many times consecutively. What we can say, though, is that Absentia looks like it will be a really entertaining, addicting drama. Obviously if you loved Katic on Castle, you’re going to love her here and then some since she’ll be at the forefront for so much of the material. Beyond that, this show should appeal to those of you who love tales of identity where the mystery lasts a little bit longer than a single episode. It was a very solid trailer — obviously, it got the basic idea of the show out there for those who may not have heard about it previously, but it also made it clear that this is going to be a layered drama with some great characters and many reasons for Katic to attract new fans. It’s also pretty stunning visually, as well.
Eventually, we do think an official trailer will be released publicly, but it may be somewhat different than what we saw (which was mostly for the sake of showing Canadian advertisers). Absentia will air on Showcase in Canada this fall.
Monaco, 9 May, 2017
Laurent Puons, CEO of the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival (16th – 20th June) announced today that Sony Pictures Television Networks’ much anticipated new thriller series Absentia, starring Stana Katic (Castle) will open this year’s event.
Representing a global premiere, this exclusive screening of the first episode of Absentia will follow the star-studded Opening Ceremony, during which H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Festival’s Honorary President, will officially open the 57th edition of the Festival. Prior to the event, members of Absentia’s cast and crew will join a host of acting and production talent from around the world on the red carpet. A Sony Pictures Television Networks Original Series produced by Masha Productions, ten-part drama Absentia is set to make its broadcast debut this fall on select Sony networks, including AXN. Sony Pictures Television is handling distribution for the show worldwide.
Laurent Puons, CEO of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, said, «I’m thrilled to announce that our 57th edition will open with the global premiere of this exceptional series. Sony Pictures Television Networks and AXN are renowned throughout the world for delivering high-profile, buzzworthy drama. With its acclaimed cast and crew, alongside its intriguing premise, I’m certain Absentia will prove a huge hit with international audiences – and I’m delighted to host its worldwide debut as part of our extensive line-up of prestigious events»
Absentia stars Stana Katic (Castle), Patrick Heusinger (Jack Reacher), Angel Bonanni (Shots Fired), Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Bruno Bichir (Narcos), Ralph Ineson (The Witch) and Richard Brake (Game of Thrones). While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, FBI agent Emily Byrne (Katic) disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, with no memory of what happened to her while she was in captivity. Returning home to learn that her husband (Heusinger) has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, Emily soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.
Executive Producer and Director of Absentia is Oded Ruskin (False Flag), alongside Executive Producers Maria Feldman (False Flag, Fauda), Stana Katic, Matt Cirulnick and Julie Glucksman. The series is based on a pilot script originally written by Gaia Violo.
In further Monte-Carlo TV Fest news, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ new thriller Absentia has been set to open the event in its world premiere. Starring Stana Katic, the 10-part drama makes its broadcast debut this fall. She plays an FBI agent who disappears and is declared dead while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, with no memory of what happened to her while she was in captivity. Returning home to learn that her husband (Patrick Heusinger) has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.
EXCLUSIVE: Stana Katic has been cast opposite Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell in Cadaver, the Screen Gems horror movie from Broken Road Productions. Grey Damon, Louis Herthum, Nick Thune, Max McNamara, Jacob Ming-Trent and Kirby Johnson have also joined the pic, which is being directed by Diederik Van Rooijen from Brian Sieve’s script.
Cadaver centers on Megan Reed (Mitchell), an ex-cop and recovering alcoholic who takes a graveyard shift at the morgue in the hospital where she got sober and uncovers more than she bargained for. Katic will play a nurse at the hospital who is sponsor to Mitchell’s character and arranged for the new job.
Sean Robins and Todd Garner are producing for Broken Road. Screen Gems’ Michael Bitar who brought in the project, and Scott Strauss will oversee for the studio.
It’s the latest news in a big week for Katic, who just wrapped eight seasons playing Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle. As Deadline reported Wednesday, she is in final negotiations to play the lead in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN. Her most recent feature,The Rendezvous, just had a special screening at the Mill Valley Festival. She is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.
Damon (Aquarius) is repped by Paradigm and Thirdhill Entertainment. Herthum (Westworld) is repped by AKA Talent Agency. Thune (Dreamland) is repped by CAA. McNamara (Boyhood) is repped by Collier Talent Agency. Ming-Trent (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is repped by Talent House. Newcomer Johnson is with Michael Wallach Management and Gar Lester Agency.
This is some pretty exciting news!! Not only will we get Stana back on our screens, but the plot itself sounds very interesting!
Stana Katic is returning to television. The former Castle star is in final negotiations to play the lead in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN.
Produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions, the series will begin filming early next year for a 2017 premiere on AXN’s worldwide channels. Sony Pictures Television will handle distribution in the U.S., where the show is yet to be shopped, and outside of AXN’s channel footprint.
Written/executive produced by Matt Cirulnick (South Beach), based on a pilot script originally written by Gaia Violo, Absentia centers on an FBI agent, to be played by Katic. While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, the FBI agent disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.
Oded Ruskin, known for the hit Israeli series False Flag, will direct all ten episodes of the series. Riskin also will produce with Masha TV’s Maria Feldman (Homeland, False Flag), Ruskin and Julie Glucksman.
“Absentia is the perfect blend of crime thriller and character-driven drama for the AXN audience,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming and Production at Sony Pictures TV Networks. “With a strong lead, Matt’s writing, and Oded’s direction, we have a signature series packed with suspense, surprise and emotional turns that feels distinctly AXN, and has great global potential,” said Jacobson.
Sony’s AXN networks broadcast in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, with a programming slate focused on action, crime and mystery. The networks’ most recent drama series commissions include Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, and Crossing Lines, with Donald Sutherland and Goran Visnjic.
Katic is coming off an eight-season stint as fan-favorite Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle, which earned her three People’s Choice Awards. Her most recent feature, The Rendezvous, just had a special screening at the Mill Valley Festival. Katic, who also produces through her own company, Sine Timore Films, is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.