EXCLUSIVE: Neve Campbell was chosen as the leader of AvalonABC drama series based on the short story by Michael Connelly, by David E. Kelley (Big sky, big little lies), A+E Studios and 20th Television.
This is Campbell’s second collaboration with Kelley, Connelly, colleague Avalon executive producer Ross Fineman and A+E Studios. She starred alongside Manuel Garcia-Rulfo in the first season of Netflix Lincoln’s lawyer, another Kelley adaptation of Connelly’s work, which the two executives are producing with Fineman through A+E Studios. Campbell is ready to continue Lincoln’s lawyer as a recurring guest star in Season 2.
Avalon, which received a direct order from ABC, is set in the town of Avalon on Catalina Island, where Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department detective Nicole “Nic” Searcy (Campbell) runs a small office. Catalina has a local population that serves over a million tourists a year, and every day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of new potential stories enter the island. Detective Searcy is drawn into a career-defining mystery that will challenge everything she knows about herself and the island.
Campbell’s Nic is the only detective assigned to the LA County Sheriff’s Substation on Catalina Island. Somewhat impenetrable, Nic is not easily intimidated and holds firm to her morals. Ironically, it was his strong moral compass that got him banished to Catalina’s largest city, Avalon. It’s a gig no career-focused LA cop wants, but Nic soon discovers that her valuable detective skills are needed more on Avalon than she could have imagined.
Avalon is created and produced by Kelley, who wrote the pilot episode, and Connelly. Dana Calvo produces with Fineman of Fineman Entertainment and Barry Jossen & Tana Jamieson for A+E Studios. The series is produced by A+E Studios and 20th Television.
Campbell is also filming a recurring role opposite Anthony Mackie in Peacock’s upcoming high-profile series. twisted metal. On the film side, she recently reprized her iconic role as Sidney Prescott in Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures’ relaunch of Scream film franchise. She recently confirmed that she had turned down a Cry 6 come back after “feeling undervalued”. Campbell is replaced by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett & Kole.