In the Dark (U.S. TV series)
|In the Dark|
|Created by||Corinne Kingsbury|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital with Descriptive Video Service on SAP|
|Original release||April 4, 2019 –|
In the Dark is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Corinne Kingsbury for The CW, which debuted as a mid-season entry during the 2018–19 television season. On January 30, 2018, The CW ordered the show to pilot, with Michael Showalter set to direct. In May 2018, the show received a series order. The series premiered on April 4, 2019. In April 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.
An irreverent blind woman in her twenties, Murphy drifts through life in a drunken haze. She has only two friends—Jess, her understanding roommate, and Tyson, a teenage drug-dealer who saved her from a violent mugging. Out for a walk with her guide dog, Pretzel, she stumbles upon a corpse that must be Tyson's, but it disappears before the police arrive. When they do not seem inclined to investigate, Murphy clings onto the only thing that can keep her together: figuring out what happened to her friend. She resolves to solve the murder herself, while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at "Guiding Hope", a school for guide dogs owned by her overprotective parents.
Cast and characters
- Perry Mattfeld as Murphy Mason, a young woman whose blindness, introverted personality, and self-destructive lifestyle make her unwelcoming to most people. When a friend is murdered, she finds a new purpose in trying to find his killer.
- Rich Sommer as Dean Riley, a cop who sympathizes with Murphy since his daughter is also blind.
- Brooke Markham as Jess Damon, a veterinarian and Murphy's roommate and best friend. She also assists Murphy as caretaker and nurse.
- Casey Deidrick as Max, a food truck owner and associate of Darnell's who becomes attracted to Murphy.
- Keston John as Darnell Parker, a local gang leader and Tyson's cousin, who Murphy turns to for help finding him.
- Morgan Krantz as Felix Bell, Murphy's colleague at work.
- Thamela Mpumlwana as Tyson Parker, a teenager who saved Murphy from a violent mugging.
- Derek Webster as Hank Mason, Murphy's adoptive father and the owner of a seeing dog school.
- Kathleen York as Joy Mason, Murphy's adoptive mother. Unlike Hank, she is less accepting of Murphy's poor life choices.
- Humberly Gonzalez as Vanessa, Jess' girlfriend.
- Calle Walton as Chloe, Dean’s daughter who is also blind.
Pretzel, Murphy's loyal dog, is played by Levi.
The series was created by Corinne Kingsbury for The CW, to debut during the 2018–19 television season. On January 30, 2018, The CW officially ordered the pilot. The series was greenlit on May 11, 2018.
In the Dark is the first CW primetime series to carry Descriptive Video Service audio, though The CW, as a minor network, is not required to have any DVS provisions under the regulations for audio description for their affiliates, so the base of stations carrying that track is smaller than other networks where carriage of descriptive video is required. On January 10, 2019, The CW announced the premiere of the series on April 4 at 9 p.m. On April 24, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season.
On March 2, 2018, it was announced that Perry Mattfeld had been cast in the protagonist role of Murphy in the series' pilot, along with Brooke Markham as Jess, Murphy's roommate and best friend, and Keston John as Darnell, a local drug dealer; followed on March 9 with Kathleen York as Joy, Murphy's mother, and Derek Webster as Hank, Joy's husband. Austin Nichols was cast as Dean, a cop with a blind daughter, on March 12. On May 16, 2018, The CW announced that the role of Dean had been recast; with Nichols thereafter replaced by Rich Sommer on July 13, 2018.
Filming on the pilot began on March 12, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and wrapped on March 28. Principal photography on season 1 began on August 8, 2018, and ended on December 21, 2018.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Michael Showalter||Corinne Kingsbury||April 4, 2019||0.87|
|Murphy, a twenty-something antisocial blind woman, lives a relatively uneventful life full of drunken hookups and chain-smoking, with only Tyson, a teenage drug dealer who befriends her, to confide in. One night, while walking her dog, Murphy stumbles across what she believes to be Tyson's corpse, but when a police investigation turns up nothing, she spirals into depression, culminating in her getting caught cheating with a married man, Bryant, and losing her cane. When she returns to Tyson's old corner, she meets Darnell, Tyson's cousin and supplier, who tells her he's still alive. Bryant's wife, Gayle, rescinds a donation she made to Murphy's parents, driving a wedge between her and her mother Joy, who has given up trying to help her. Out of guilt, Murphy agrees to take a receptionist's job in her family's seeing dog school until she can pay them back. Incensed that no one believes her about Tyson, Murphy takes it upon herself to find him and has his phone's GPS tracked so she can find it. She notifies both Darnell and a friendly cop, Dean, but both discourage her from further investigation. Murphy's roommate Jess tells her that she knows Murphy will try to solve the case anyway.|
|2||"Mommy Issues"||Brian Dannelly||Amy Turner||April 11, 2019||0.72|
|Murphy, unable to file a missing persons report for Tyson, decides to contact his mother since she can do so. She also learns that, due to unpaid bills, her doctor is unwilling to treat her urinary infection. While visiting Dean for an update on the phone, Murphy tells Chloe that her father should consider dating. Jess becomes concerned that Vanessa doesn't love her. Joy and Hank organize a "barkery" event to raise money for the school, which Joy expects her daughter to attend. Murphy goes to Darnell for the address, but he refuses to tell her. Instead, she goes on a one-hour date with Max, one of his associates, for the information. Chloe sets her father up with Jade, a hooker from the station. Jess buys a sex toy to improve her relationship with Vanessa. Max takes Murphy to a beach, and then gives her the address. Murphy goes there, visits Tyson's room, and then tells his mother the truth. Dean contacts Murphy, and delivers the news that while Tyson's phone was completely wiped, they can now push forward with his case. Max shows up and gets her to agree to have a drink with him. Jess finds a new clue for Murphy to follow. Darnell tells his incarcerated boss, Nia, that he'll deal with Murphy.|
|3||"The Big Break"||Norman Buckley||Lindsay Golder||April 18, 2019||0.64|
|While having sex, Murphy shoves Max off when he admits his feelings for her and injures his genitals. She and Jess go to speak with Tyson's girlfriend, but get kicked off school property. Murphy subsequently convinces Felix to hold an outreach event at the school so she can get access. Max tries to break through Murphy's emotional walls, so she kicks him out. Darnell steals some of the money he's collecting for Tyson's mother, but she refuses to take it. Felix is nervous about addressing the students, but finds that he can connect with them when he pretends to be blind. Murphy finds Keira's friends and learn that she's been missing school. She then has sex with a teacher, which accidentally exposes Felix's deception and humiliates him publicly. Murphy makes up for the embarrassment by offering Felix a cigarette and encouraging him to start standing up for himself. Dean tries to help Chloe deal with her first period; Murphy comes to help by roasting Chloe at her request. Keira visits Murphy and reveals that Tyson cheated on her with a girl named Jamie, and provides her address. Murphy meets Max at the bar and decides that she does, in fact, want to date him.|
|4||"The Graduate"||Patricia Cardoso||Yael Zinkow||April 25, 2019||0.75|
|Murphy and Chloe illegally use Dean's police computer to find Jaime's address, which happens to be six hours away in Wisconsin. With Jess unable to drive her, she asks Max instead and lies to Joy to get out of a prior commitment. One of the school's trainers refuses to relinquish custody of her guide dog. However, when Murphy gets stuck in a bathroom stall and then nearly gets hit by a truck and Max tries to help her, she rudely turns him away. Joy accidentally learns the truth from Felix, and uses Jess' phone to learn Max's name. Dean's partner learns that Tyson witnessed a murder shortly before his disappearance. Jaime turns out to not be a girl, but the name of Tyson's biological father, who tells her that Tyson is alive and living away from Chicago. Joy learns that Jess has a secret tracking app installed on Murphy's phone; the two bond over their mutual worry for her safety. Murphy gets drunk and behaves inappropriately at a restaurant, causing Max to get arrested; she then gets him released by using her disability to accuse the manager of assaulting her. When they return home, Murphy introduces him to Joy and convinces the trainer to release her dog. Darnell is revealed to be in a secret relationship with Dean's partner.|
|5||"The Feels"||Ingrid Jungermann||Deagan Fryklind||May 2, 2019||0.50|
|6||"Tyson"||Ryan McFaul||David Babcock||May 9, 2019||0.51|
|7||"The One That Got Away"||Anna Mastro||Ryan Knighton||May 16, 2019||0.52|
|8||"Jessica Rabbit"||Kyra Sedgwick||Eric Randall||May 23, 2019||TBD|
|9||"Deal or No Deal"||Steve Tsuchida||Kara Brown||May 30, 2019||TBD|
In the Dark premiered on The CW at 9:00 p.m. on April 4, 2019.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 70% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 7.16/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Perry Mattfield is compelling as an amateur sleuth In the Dark, although the series' recycling of mystery tropes and questionable treatment of physical handicaps may leave some viewers with a dim impression." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|1||"Pilot"||April 4, 2019||0.2/1||0.87||0.1||0.35||0.3||1.22|
|2||"Mommy Issues"||April 11, 2019||0.2/1||0.72||0.0||0.33||0.2||1.05|
|3||"The Big Break"||April 18, 2019||0.2/1||0.64||0.0||0.35||0.2||0.99|
|4||"The Graduate"||April 25, 2019||0.2/1||0.75||0.1||0.30||0.3||1.05|
|5||"The Feels"||May 2, 2019||0.1/1||0.50||N/A||0.27||N/A||0.77|
|6||"Tyson"||May 9, 2019||0.1/1||0.51||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|7||"The One That Got Away"||May 16, 2019||0.2/1||0.52||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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