ABC orders David E. Kelley Mystery Thriller Avalon straight to series

Eleven time Emmy winner David E. Kelley has a knack for finding and writing intriguing stories. In the past five years alone, the writer and producer has brought hit and highly acclaimed stories like HBO’s to television. big little lies, The defeatPrime Video Goliathand ABC’s hit series big sky. Based on his track record, it’s no wonder Kelley’s next project, Avalonsuffered a bidding war between the production companies—ABC Entertainment ended up closing the deal, giving her a straight-to-series order.

Avalon is set to join the ABC 2022-2023 programming slate, and it’s based on a short story by the bestselling author Michael Connelly. The story follows a Los Angeles detective who may encounter a career-defining mystery in the town of Avalon on Catalina Island – a place that welcomes over a million tourists each year. Connelly is the author of several novels that inspired Prime Video’s long-running series Bosch and the 2002 Clint Eastwood movie blood work.


Kelley is already attached to write the first episode of Avalon. In an official statement, the screenwriter revealed that he was “delighted to reunite with Michael Connelly”. The duo recently worked together on Lincoln’s lawyeran upcoming series based on another Connelly novel, which also served as the inspiration for the forever-changing 2011 thriller of the same name by Matthew McConaughey career.

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When we talk about the new series Avalon, Craig Erwichpresident of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, praised Kelley’s legacy and revealed that he was thrilled to bring Connelly’s intriguing investigative story to screens:

“David E. Kelley is one of the great storytellers of our time and we are thrilled to continue our fruitful relationship with him on what we believe will be his next epic ABC series. Michael Connelly’s short story is full of mystery and drama. plot, and we can’t wait for David and Michael to bring this strange and captivating world to life.

ABC has yet to announce more details for Avalonincluding the cast and a specific release date.

Check out the official synopsis here:

Based on a short story by Michael Connelly, the series is set in the main town of Avalon on Catalina Island, where Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Detective Nicole “Nic” Searcy runs a small office. Catalina has a local population that serves over a million tourists a year, and every day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of new potential stories enter the island. Detective Searcy is drawn into a career-defining mystery that will challenge everything she knows about herself and the island.

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