Missing (2012 TV series)

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Missing
Missing promo Titlecard.jpg
Genre Mystery
Action
Espionage
Created by Gregory Poirier
Starring Ashley Judd
Cliff Curtis
Sean Bean
Adriano Giannini
Nick Eversman
Tereza Voříšková
Composer(s) Robert Duncan
Kim Planert
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ashley Judd
Gina Matthews
Gregory Poirier
Grant Scharbo
Stephen Shill
Producer(s) Gideon Amir
David Minkowski
Matthew Stillman
Faruk Ozerten (pilot only)
Editor(s) Nick Arthurs
Allan Lee
Simon Webb
Cinematography Arthur Albert
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Upcountry Productions
Little Engine Productions
Stillking Films
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run March 15  – May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)

Missing is an American mystery thriller drama television series, starring Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis and Sean Bean. The series ran from March 15, 2012 to May 17, 2012 on ABC.[1][2][3] ABC announced on May 17, 2011, that the series would air as a midseason replacement in 2012.[4] Ten episodes were ordered for the first season.[5] ABC canceled the series on May 11, 2012.[6] The show was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2012 – one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Judd) and the other for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

Plot[edit]

The series follows Rebecca "Becca" Winstone (Ashley Judd), a widow and retired CIA agent with an 18-year-old son, Michael (Nick Eversman). In 2001, when Becca and her husband Paul Winstone (Sean Bean) are active CIA agents, he is killed in a car bombing witnessed by their son. In the pilot episode, Michael informs his mother that he has been accepted to a summer architecture program in Rome, Italy. Becca, who now lives an ordinary life running a florist shop, is hesitant to let him go but gives in. After not hearing from him for over a week and receiving a call from the architecture school informing her that Michael has moved out of his dorm room, Becca travels to Rome to track him down, but she finds herself in the middle of an international conspiracy involving the CIA and an Interpol agent (Adriano Giannini) who was once her lover. When Paul is found alive, they work together to find Michael. Meanwhile, Michael meets a Russian girl, Oksana (Tereza Voříšková), whom he befriends, and they team up to escape.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Keith Carradine as Martin Newman, Becca's former CIA trainer and mentor; he is also Michael's godfather. He is now a best selling author of espionage novels, one of which contains Rick Castle's endorsement on the cover.
  • Aunjanue Ellis as Mary Dresden, Becca's business partner and close friend.
  • Laura Donnelly as Violet Heath, a member of Miller's CIA team.
  • Gina McKee as Jamie Ortega, CIA director in charge of Dax's station, based in Washington D.C.
  • Jason Wong as Fitzpatrick, a member of Miller's CIA team.
  • Jessica Boone as Rabia, a CIA computer technician.
  • Karel Roden as Viktor Azimoff, a former Russian agent.
  • Nikola Navratil as Maxim Azimoff, a professional hit man and Viktor's son.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 10 March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)[7] N/A October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)[8]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original U.S. air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Pilot" Stephen Shill Gregory Poirier March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) 10.60[9]
CIA agent Paul Winstone (Sean Bean) is murdered in a car bombing in Europe. Ten years later, his 18-year-old son, Michael Winstone, goes to Europe for an architecture program. When Michael doesn't call home in over a week, his mother, Rebecca 'Becca' Winstone, goes to Europe to look for him. After she kills one foreign spy who makes an attempt on her life, the CIA becomes alert to her activities. Recognizing an Italian street in one of her son's cellphone photos, she breaks into a jewelry store, to view the store's video surveillance records of that street. Her old spy sources trace the tag number of a truck in the security footage, to a warehouse in France. The CIA intercepts her on the train to France. She is questioned by CIA bureau chief Dax Miller. When Dax relays his find to CIA headquarters at Langley, they order him to send Becca back to the United States. However, he gives her three hours to uncover information. She breaks into the French warehouse and finds photos which reveal that her son has been tracked for years by an unknown conspiracy. She finds evidence that Michael was there. After Becca fights an armed guard, she makes an telephone transmission to Agent Dax Miller; A CIA team is dispatched to the warehouse. They find a note from Becca, which reads: "He was here." The episode ends with Becca in a river, the water cloudy with her blood.
2 "The Hard Drive" Stephen Shill Grant Scharbo March 22, 2012 (2012-03-22) 8.81[10]
Becca survives with the help of a former French intelligence agent, who says she can not assist her more as all European intelligence are on the lookout for Rebecca. Rebecca points guns at some French policemen, ordering her own arrest, in order to be taken to Antoine Lussier (Joaquim de Almeida) the deputy chief of French Intelligence. A mysterious hard disk is mentioned which contains proof of corruption charges against Lussier. Becca makes a deal that if French intelligence can find Michael, she will surrender the hard drive, which is actually the nickname for a man (Lothaire Bluteau), who worked for Lussier 12 years earlier and has autobiographical memory. After nearly falling into a trap to capture them both, Becca and Harddrive hack into Lussier's computer which reveals that Lussier authorized an emergency flight which is about to leave in 20 minutes. Rebecca leaves the office to find Michael before his kidnappers can take him out of France, as Harddrive uploads all files from Lussier's computer to the internet, exposing his corruption. Rebecca reaches the airport just in time to see Michael but his kidnappers force him onto the plane before Becca can catch them.
3 "Ice Queen" Stephen Shill Paul Redford March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29) 7.87[11]
CIA agents raid the airplane; Michael is not on the plane. Now in a new location, Michael determines from the architecture of his place of captivity that he is in Russia. A young girl, named Oksana (Tereza Voříšková), tends to Michael's needs, and works to gain his trust. A woman named Sloane (Victoria Smurfit) who was on the airplane that took Michael out of France, is tracked to a charity auction of a yacht in Ravello, Italy. Interpol agent Rossi helps Becca ditch CIA agent Miller, but then Becca suddenly gets an inconvenient visit in Ravello, from her best-friend Mary. Becca evades Sloane's henchmen, and sneaks aboard the yacht. Rebecca picks a lock on a wood box, and finds a bag of diamonds. On the docks, Rebecca phones Sloane, demanding an immediate meeting on the bay, in one hour. Sloane kidnaps Mary, as leverage against Becca, but Mary escapes from Sloane's speedboat. Sloane reluctantly puts down her gun, as Becca threatens to drop the diamonds in the bay. Sloane divulges that the kidnapping of Michael is about Becca's late husband Paul. Seconds later, a sniper kills Sloane. Interpol Agent Rossi cannot help further. The Paul Winstone Interpol file is sealed. Becca needs to trust Agent Dax Miller.
4 "Tell Me No Lies" Stephen Shill Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) 7.24[12]
Martin Newman (Keith Carradine) was Becca's CIA mentor, and also lead investigator into Paul Winstone's death. Newman joins the search. A tattooed man who is spotted in the Hotel surveillance video, when Michael saw his fathers murder, is also spotted in an old Winstone family photo. They identify the tattooed man as an ex-Mossad agent turned assassin. Agent Miller is told by CIA headquarters to cease the search. Newman convinces Agent Miller to defy those orders, and search for Michael. Newman tells Becca that Paul was suspected of being corrupt. In Dubrovnik, Becca chases after a suspect who has just killed the tattooed assassin. She has the suspect cornered and he is her husband Paul Winstone. With nowhere to run, he climbs over a seawall, jumping into the Adriatic Sea. Michael does some snooping around the mansion, and the snarly henchman locks Michael in his room. Later, a bloodied Oksana is thrown into Michael's room. She has taken a beating for Michael's snooping; But she says that for some still unknown reason, they will not hurt Michael. The CIA has learned of Paul Winstone's reappearance, and Dax is authorized to resume the operation.
5 "The Three Bears" Paul Edwards Adele Lim April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12) 7.91[13]
The CIA's #1 priority is finding Paul. Dax's new strategy is to follow Becca instead of threatening to send her home. Interpol Agent Rossi discovers Paul has made a deposit into a dormant bank account in Prague. Becca and Rossi travel to Prague, and learn Paul has a safety deposit box; but the box requires thumbprints of Paul, Becca, and Michael. A man she recognizes as having made an exchange with Paul years earlier, attempts to capture her, and cut off her thumb. In video of Paul entering the bank, Becca sees Paul signaling her. Unable to access the box, Becca robs the safety deposit box with Rossi's help. The CIA arrives at the bank to attempt to stop her, but Becca and Rossi succeed. They disclose the contents of the box to Dax; it contains stock certificates from a Russian company, cash and a deed. At the house, Oksana leads Michael to a secret exit. He escapes, but he goes back to the house. He refuses to abandon Oksana. Documents in the box lead Rossi, Becca, and Dax to a house in the Czech countryside, but before they can find anything, they trigger a timing device.
6 "A Busy Solitude" Paul Edwards Patrick MacManus April 19, 2012 (2012-04-19) 7.23[14]
Paul hijacks the CIA car carrying the Russian stock certificates. Later, Paul makes a drop-off with the certificates, and reports it to his Russian contact, who we now know as former Russian intelligence agent Azimoff. A search by the CIA of another of Paul's European houses reveals a master copy of a phony ID for Michael. CIA Director Ortega is now in Europe. Becca steals a helicopter, and crosses into Russia, where she walks into Azimoff's office at a Russian chemical company. Becca is taken by force to the house where Michael has been. Azimoff and a sniper in the woods shoot a Russian who is chasing down Michael. Michael and Oksana escape onto a train. Becca wants to go after Azimoff, but CIA Director Ortega places Becca into CIA custody. Dax rejects Agent Rossi's presence. Director Ortega says Rossi is a guest of a CIA operation.
7 "Measure of a Man" Phil Abraham Dana Greenblatt & Gregory Poirier April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) 6.98[15]
Becca is questioned by Ortega in a CIA facility in Vienna. Becca describes Operation Songbird, during which she and Paul reunite a boy with his mother. At the reunion, the boy, named Maxim, grabs a gun, and shoots his mother. Ortega tells her that Maxim is the blonde sniper working with Azimoff. When Ortega leaves the interrogation room, a secret door opens, and Becca escapes. When Ortega returns, Violet stabs Ortega, and leaves through the door. Miller and Rossi believe Becca has killed Ortega. Meanwhile, Michael and Oksana jump off the train, and are finally safe, after Michael is able to kill the main henchman from the house. Oksana might die from lack of insulin, but she tells Michael he is a hero. Becca is on the run, with the sniper following her. Becca is unaware of Ortega's death.
8 "Answers" Phil Abraham Paul Redford May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03) 6.32[16]
Rossi and Becca meet in the Vienna subway. Rossi ditches his wire and transmitter, and the CIA loses the tail. Becca regains Rossi's trust. Remembering details of an Azimoff phone conversation she overheard, they travel to a church to intercept Azimoff. The CIA gets a message about Michael. Dax sends Martin Newman to Hungary, where Michael has taken Oksana to a hospital. Paul is at the church to exchange the second batch of stock certificates and his own life in exchange for Michael's freedom. Becca yells to Paul that Michael escaped. They escape from the church, and Paul explains he was undercover years ago, and his cover was blown. There is a second stand-off. The blonde sniper, who is Azimoff's son Maxim, kills Azimoff, instead of Paul. Maxim is remorseful about his life as Azimoff's killer. Maxim answers Azimoff's cellphone; Martin Newman is reporting to Azimoff that Michael has been recaptured. Martin Newman is the corrupt traitor, referred to as Suspect Zero.
9 "Promise" James Strong James Parriott May 10, 2012 (2012-05-10) 6.37[17]
Violet is surprised that Maxim killed Azimoff, and she kills Maxim. As Becca and Paul make their escape from the Church, Becca sees Violet shoot Rossi. Rossi survives, and at the hospital, Violet tries to finish the job. Martin Newman escorts Michael and Oksana to Istanbul, where Oksana discovers the truth about Martin. Martin warns her to keep quiet. Violet makes a failed attempt to kill Dax, and CIA agents arrest Violet for her traitorous activity with Martin Newman. Paul shows Becca some evidence of the crimes committed by Newman. Bulgarian border police warn Martin of Paul and Becca's arrival. Paul sees police converging on the car, which has had contraband planted in it. Paul is arrested; Becca evades arrest. Martin Newman tells his paid mercenary that Michael has become a liability. The mercenary is told to kill Michael when they leave Istanbul at the conclusion of their business. Michael has doubts about Martin, after the mercenary prevents Michael from taking a walk off the property. Martin awaits arrival of a buyer for some stolen nuclear material.
10 "Rain on the Evil and on the Good" James Strong Gregory Poirier May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) 6.53[18]
Dax manipulates Bulgarian officials to allow him into the jail where Paul is being held. Dax tells Paul to pistol-whip him and escape. Violet makes a failed escape attempt. After struggling to stay true to her personal values, Rebecca realizes the only way Violet will give up information is through torture. After a period of torture at Rebecca's hand, Violet reveals the location where Martin Newman will exchange the nuclear material. Turkish police provide backup, as Dax gives chase to decoy contraband couriers. Then realizing the true courier is a girl who posed as a tourist asking Martin a tourist question in the Hagia Sophia, Dax chases the girl to recover the stolen nuclear material. Becca is finally reunited with Michael, who is surprised to see his father alive after all these years. Becca kills Martin in a shootout on the roof of a Turkish mosque. One week later. The reunited family of Becca, Paul and Michael are vacationing in Prague. Becca teases Paul about not being able to take a bullet like he used to, and goes to retrieve their parked car. Suddenly, another car appears and smashes into the parked car Becca is in. There is no driver in the other car. Paul and Michael appear and the front window is smashed, and the driver's seat is splashed with blood. Becca is missing.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Channel Premiere date
 Brazil AXN August 8, 2012
 Poland March 20, 2012
 Portugal April 19, 2012
 Spain August 28, 2012
 Bulgaria
 Czech Republic
 Hungary
 Macedonia
 Mexico
 Romania
 Serbia
 Slovakia
 Slovenia
March 15, 2012
 Australia Seven Network May 1, 2012
 Canada CTV, Ztélé March 15, 2012
 Denmark Kanal 5 December 2, 2012
 France France 4 February 7, 2013
 Germany VOX November 4, 2013
 India STAR World March 11, 20121
 Israel YES April 5, 2012
 Italy Rai January 11, 2013
 Japan Dlife August 25, 2012
 Lithuania TV3 Lithuania March 14, 2013
 Malaysia TV2 June 14, 2013
 Middle East OSN (censored)
 Netherlands NET 5 January 1, 2013
 New Zealand TV ONE July 2, 2012
 Norway TVNorge June 12, 2012
 Philippines FOX Asia April 15, 2012
 Russia Channel One August 5, 2012
 Slovakia TV JOJ October 14, 2012
 South Africa MNET April 7, 2012
 Slovenia POP TV November 5, 2013
 Sweden Kanal 5 March 18, 2012
 Turkey FOX January 9, 2013

Other media[edit]

On March 22, 2012, the Disney-ABC Television Group announced plans to release the first season of Missing in DVD format on June 12, 2012 to the United States and its territories, Canada, and Bermuda. Entitled "Missing — The Complete First Season", the package includes all ten episodes in their entirety and features deleted scenes; bloopers; Production Journal: Istanbul; and Genesis Piece, in which producers Ashley Judd and Gina Matthews discuss making the series with show creator Greg Poirier.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The series had an early premiere in India on March 11, 2012 on STAR World.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Production Has Begun on ABC's "Missing," Starring Ashley Judd". The Futon Critic. May 12, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bentley, Jean (May 12, 2011). "ABC Picks Up Ashley Judd Series 'Missing,' 'Breaking In' Could Live On and More TV News". AOL TV. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ ABC Mid-Season Premieres: 'GCB', 'The River,' 'Missing,' "Work It,' 'Shark Tank,' 'Wipeout,' 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' 'Dancing With The Stars
  4. ^ "ABC Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule for 2011-12 Season". The Futon Critic. May 17, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Updated (3): ‘Don’t Trust The B in Apt 23,’ ‘Scandal’ Renewed by ABC for Second Seasons; ‘GCB’ Canceled - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 11, 2012). "ABC Cancels GCB, Pan Am, Missing & The River". TVLine. Retrieved May 19, 2012. , and its final episode was broadcast on May 17, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Lambert, David (March 23, 2012). "Missing - Ashley Judd's Brand-New ABC Network Drama on DVD: Date, Cost, Box, Extras!". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Missing (2012) - The Complete 1st Season". EzyDVD. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 16, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'The Office', 'Missing' Adjusted Up, 'Private Practice' Adjusted Down + NCAA Game Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ Seidman, Robert (March 23, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Touch,' '30 Rock,' 'Up All Night' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ March 30, 2012. "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol',"The Big Bang Theory', 'Missing' and 'Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up, 'Rules' and 'Touch' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 6, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'American Idol', 'Person of Interest', 'Missing', 'Up All Night' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 13, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Office' and 'American Idol' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 20, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Awake' & 'Missing' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' & 'Parks and Recreation' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 27, 2012). "-Thursday Final Ratings: 'Idol', 'Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's', 'The Vampire Diaries', 'Mentalist' & 'Missing' Adjusted Up; 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 4, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory', 'American Idol', 'Vampire Diaries', 'Grey's Anatomy' Adjusted Up; 'Secret Circle', 'The Mentalist', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 11, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Idol', 'Vampire Diaries', 'Office', 'Secret Circle', 'Grey's' Adjusted Up; 'Touch', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  18. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 18, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy', '30 Rock' Adjusted Up; 'Touch', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  19. ^ Star World brings ‘Missing’ to India ahead of the world, exchange4media.com.

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