When we published our first post on Absentia really ever since its inception earlier this week, there was a tremendous response to it and we were rather thrilled that there was immediately such intrigue for a show that doesn’t even have a firm premiere date yet. Consider that the effect of both a great story and Stana Katic preparing for her first major series role since the end of Castle.
One of the things that made writing that first article (check it out over here) even more interesting was doing so without the gift of knowing when or where the series, from Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN, will land in the United States. The focus of this article is to try to figure that out further, and as a result of that, we come bearing some potential suggestions now!
NBC – In terms of broadcast networks, we know that they’ve got a very good relationship with Sony. They’ve got The Blacklist and Timeless from the studio, and they’ve had some other great shows in the past including Community. Maybe you pick up Absentia and run the ten episodes next year in between runs of The Blacklist or another show that could use a long hiatus.
ABC – This feels easy. Put the show in the old Castle timeslot after Dancing with the Stars. The network’s struggled to find a suitable replacement, so why not tap into those fans again?
TNT – Castle runs in syndication here, and there are some things tonally that would make sense here given that the network loves smart, complicated crime shows. Featuring Katic as an FBI agent with a huge gap in her memory seems right up their alley.
USA – When you look at some of the network’s other recent programming, whether it be Falling Water or Shooter, they seem to be interested in these sort of performance-based drama series that run 10-13 episodes right now. Absentia feels like it could fit in very well there.
Hulu – In looking at the various streaming providers, we do think that the show favors a model where you get a new episode a week. Hulu has connections to major broadcast networks, which is where Katic developed most of her following. This would be our ideal home for the show among this particular category.
There’s no definite timeline as to when the Stana Katic series could find a home, but this is something that we’re going to be watching / discussing further over the coming weeks. With that, stay tuned — we’re going to be dishing out updates every step of the way over at this link.
Meanwhile, share in the comments where you want to see the series end up. (Photo: Sony.)