Ashley Judd is taking on her first TV series since the early 1990s, taking the lead role in ABC’s upcoming drama “Missing.”
Judd will play a mother who travels to Europe to search for her son, who disappears while studying in Italy, Variety reports. She’s got more than just a love for her child going for her, though — the character is also a former CIA agent.
ABC has already ordered 10 episodes of the show from writer Greg Poirier (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets”) to air sometime in the 2011-12 season. “Missing” will shoot in Europe, which serves the story but will also help the production save money.
Judd’s hasn’t been on a TV series since she co-starred on NBC’s drama “Sisters” in the early ’90s.
In other pilot-season news, Jason Isaacs (the “Harry Potter” movies) has taken the lead role in NBC’s pilot “REM,” Deadline reports. The casting of Isaacs lifts a contingency from the project, which “Lone Star” creator Kyle Killen wrote.
“REM” centers on a cop who finds himself living in parallel realities after an accident. Howard Gordon (“24”) has been brought on as showrunner, and Tim Minear (“Firefly,” “Angel”) is a consulting producer.
In addition to his work on the “Harry Potter” movies, Isaacs starred in Showtime’s “Brotherhood,” “Green Zone” and “The Patriot.”