Premiering tonight, Toronto-filmed Anthology Series ACCUSED delivers 15 juicy stories that explore crimes and trials that might not be what they appear on paper. What’s unique about this Series, based on the BBC One Series of the same name, is that it explores the perspective of the accused and really dives into the gray ethnical and moral areas when situations aren’t always so cut and dry.
Given the course of only 45 minutes to build suspense, tension and resolve it all at a proper pacing and an appropriate complexity, ultimately is the Series’ biggest challenge, but tons of recognizable faces and intriguing, electic plotlines are ACCUSED‘s biggest selling point. Names like Abigal Breslin, Whitney Cummings, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Rachel Bilson, Rhea Pealman, Molly Parker and more star and we can’t wait. Furthermore, names like Billy Porter and Marlee Matlin are behind the lens on some of these episodes.
We were able to preview the first episode, SCOTT’S STORY starring Michael Chiklis, Jill Hennessy and Oakes Fegley which looks at a father standing accused of aiding in his son committing a horrible crime at his school. Chiklis stars as Dr. Scott Corbett who sees the signs in his teenage son Hunter (Fegley) that something is wrong, after having been bullied at school. But is his son capable of being a killer or is this just all in his head? A strong episode, hooking the audience onto episodes ahead in coming weeks, and it becomes a psychological Thriller as we wonder if Scott can trust his own son or not.
AVA’S STORY is next in the Series and is directed by Academy Award-winning Marlee Matlin. The story gives a sympathetic look at the impacts of giving-up a child for a surrogate mother, including post-partum depression and being concerned for the baby’s welfare in the hands of its eventual parents. Matlin does a phenomenal job directing this, especially the deaf Actors who are expressive and emotive.
ROBYN’S STORY showcases a tremendous breakout performance by J. Harrison Ghee as a confident Drag Queen on-stage, yet a reserved man out-of-drag. After getting passionately involved with a closeted man, things get dangerous with dire consequences. And did we mention Porter directed this episode?
More here on ACCUSED, which airs in Canada on Global Television. Episodes air Tuesday nights 9 PM ET.