Americana (TV pilot)

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Genre Drama
Soap opera
Created by Michael Seitzman
Written by Michael Seitzman
Starring Anthony LaPaglia
Ashley Greene
Emilie de Ravin
Christine Adams
Natalie Mendoza
David Alpay
Agim Kaba
Tiffany Hines
Annabeth Gish
Ken Olin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Mark Gordon
Phillip Noyce
Nicholas Pepper
Michael Seitzman
Running time 43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Mark Gordon Company
Michael Seitzman Pictures
Original network ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

Americana is a passed over American drama television pilot which was created by Michael Seitzman and produced by Mark Gordon, Phillip Noyce, Nicholas Pepper and Michael Seitzman.


ABC had ordered the pilot episode on January 30, 2012.[1] The pilot show was directed by Phillip Noyce (Revenge).[2] The network has chosen not to air the show.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Anthony LaPaglia as Robert Soulter, legendary fashion designer and patriarch of the Soulter's family, Robert Soulter, whose career is in jeopardy when a younger designer arrives on the scene.[4]
  • Ashley Greene as Alice Garano, Martin's daughter, a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out.[5][6][7]
  • Emilie de Ravin as Francesca Soulter, Robert Soulter's daughter who is head of events[8][9]
  • Christine Adams as Sierra Delon-Soulter, Robert’s wife, a bronze-skinned East African beauty and former supermodel.[10][11]
  • Natalie Mendoza as Wendy Law-Soulter, Robert’s ex-wife[12]
  • David Alpay as Jesse, Robert’s oldest son who has recently been promoted to co-president of Americana.[13][14]
  • Ken Olin as Martin Garano, the owner of a company which makes clothes[15][12]
  • Annabeth Gish as Rachel Garano, Alice’s mother[16][17]
  • Chris Riggi as Vince Banning, Alice's friend
  • Tiffany Hines as Shane Kelly, a medical student and Alice's best friend.[18]

Development and production[edit]

The development of the pilot started in 2011. ABC ordered the pilot on January 30, 2012.[1]

Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards winner Anthony LaPaglia became the first actor cast in the pilot in February 18, 2012. LaPaglia play leading role of Robert Soulter.[4] On February 22 Natalie Mendoza and Ken Olin to join the show.[12] On February 24 it was announced that former Lost actress Emilie de Ravin had landed the role of Francesca, Robert Soulter's daughter in the pilot.[8] On February 29 Twilight star Ashley Greene has joined the ensemble as Alice Clarke, the main character of the story.[5] This was to be the first regular role on television for Greene. On February 29 Tiffany Hines joined as Shane Kelly, a medical student and best friend of Alice.[18] The next day Annabeth Gish joined as Rachel, Alice’s mother.[16] On March 6 it was announced that Christine Adams had joined the cast as Robert’s wife Sierra, an east African former supermodel,[11] and David Alpay as his oldest son Jesse.[13]

The script was written by Michael Seitzman (North Country) and produced by ABC Studios and Mark Gordon Company. Executive producers of the show included Mark Gordon, Phillip Noyce, Nicholas Pepper and Seitzman.[10] The pilot was directed by Phillip Noyce (Revenge).[2] ABC has subsequently announced it would not air the pilot.[3]


  1. ^ a b Catriona Wightman (January 30, 2012). "'Americana', 'Nashville' pilots ordered by ABC". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (February 1, 2012). "Phillip Noyce, Joe & Anthony Russo And Alex Graves Set To Direct Pilots". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Leaked scenes from dropped show, Americana; retrieved 10/29/2012.
  4. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (February 18, 2012). "Anthony LaPaglia To Star In ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana'". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (February 29, 2012). "Ashley Greene To Star In ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana'". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Matt Richenthal (February 29, 2012). "Pilot Casting: Grey's Anatomy, Glee, Cougar Town Stars Land New Roles". TV Fanatic. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Caffeinated" Clint (February 29, 2012). "Exclusive : Ashley Greene to gnaw into ABC soap". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b James Hibberd (February 24, 2012). "Emilie De Ravin joins ABC drama pilot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Zeba Blay (February 25, 2012). "Emilie De Ravin joins ABC drama 'Americana'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Lesley Goldberg (March 6, 2012). "'Terra Nova' Star Joins ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (March 6, 2012). "'Terra Nova's Christine Adams Joins Pilot 'Americana', Jeremy Strong In 'LA Noir'". Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c Catriona Wightman (February 22, 2012). "Ken Olin, Natalie Mendoza join ABC's 'Americana' pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (March 7, 2012). "Jesse Bradford Gets Lead In Jimmy Fallon's Pilot, David Alplay Joins 'Americana'". Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ Catriona Wightman (March 7, 2012). "'The Tudors' David Alpay joins ABC pilot 'Americana'". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ Lesley Goldberg (February 21, 2012). "'Brothers & Sisters' Star Joins ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (March 2, 2012). "'Cougar Town's Dan Byrd Gets Lead In CBS Comedy Pilot, Two ABC Dramas Add Casts". Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ Morgan Jeffery (March 2, 2012). "'West Wing' star Annabeth Gish signs for 'Americana' pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Philiana Ng (February 21, 2012). "'Nikita' Actress Tiffany Hines Cast in ABC's 'Americana' Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 

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