Reality-Driven MTV Network Launches New Georgia-Filmed Scripted Family Drama Series “Finding Carter”

July 7, 2014

“Finding Carter” is a story about a girl who has been raised by a single mom, Lori Stevens, and learns that the mother she adores kidnapped her as a toddler.  The series follows her as she is reunited with her biological family whilst she vows to be reunited with Lori. “Finding Carter,” as stated by Steven Zeitchik of the LA Times, poses the questions: “why do we love the people we do, what obligations do our blood ties create and how much can or should our identities be shaped by our environment?”  The series stars: Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Alexis Denisof, Zac Pullam, and Kathryn Prescott as Carter Stevens.

 

The series is created by “Bones” creator Emily Silver and executive produced by former journalist Terri Minsky, who’s previous work include “Sex and the City.”  Minsky told the LA Times that she’s “coming at this as old-school as you can.”

 

A traditional family drama is the last thing that most people expect from MTV, but the network’s new series “Finding Carter” is exactly that.  This will be MTV’s fourth hour-long drama attempt in the last decade and its first family drama in at least two decades.  It is a scripted series that breaks away from the stereotypical hits that are currently taking over television and film screens.  There are no zombies, witches, werewolves, or vampires in “Finding Carter.”  The drama of the show is a retro approach with a modern twist.

 

This change is largely due to MTV’s current president of programming Susanne Daniels.  Daniels’ previous success includes television series “Gilmore Girls” and “Dawson’s Creek.”  In the last 18-months since being hired, Daniels has attempted to raise the level of scripted programming at the reality-heavy network. 

 

“Finding Carter” premieres tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8th at 10/9c on MTV.

 

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