Fall TV 2013 Preview: Betrayal on ABC

ABC's Betrayal
James Cromwell, Henry Thomas, Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Braeden Lemasters, Stuart Townsend, Hannah Ware, and Chris Johnson of ABC’s Betrayal | ABC Studios

It’s still 100 degrees here in the valley in Los Angeles, but Fall is just around the corner and with it comes a slate of new shows. Will they be winners or losers? I got a chance to watch a couple of shows that will be airing on ABC. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts.

Henry Thomas of Betrayal
Henry Thomas of “Betrayal” | ABC Studios

First up is “Betrayal” (premieres Sunday, Sept. 29, 10/9c). This is an intriguing show (perhaps they should have called it “Intrigue,” though now I feel like I’m hawking some sort of Calvin Klein perfume).

The underlying premise is this: What happens when you’ve finally met your soul mate but you’re already married? That’s what happens to Sara (Hannah Ware) and Jack (Stuart Townsend), who meet by chance but are instantly drawn to each other.

Both seem to have successful and happy marriages. Sara is married to Drew and they have a small son. Jack is wed to Elaine and works for her father, Thatcher (James Cromwell) a shady businessman. They are parents to teenaged twins, Valerie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and Victor (Braeden Lemasters).

While Sara and Jack struggle with feelings of guilt and betrayal, they are unable to deny their growing attraction to each other. When Thatcher’s brother-in-law is murdered and evidence leads back to T.J. (Henry Thomas), Thatcher’s mentally challenged son, the two find themselves on opposite sides of a high profile court case as Sara’s husband is the prosecuting attorney and Jack is the lawyer for the defense. (You almost want to cue that “Law & Order” bing-bong sound here, don’t you?)

It’s good to see Henry Thomas (Elliott from “E.T.”) on TV again! He is so convincing as T.J.  I think this show has enough intrigue to pull viewers in, and if the “Betrayal” pilot’s sexiness and mystery continue throughout the season, they’ll easily ride through a full order of 24 episodes. Check out the official show site here.

Watch the trailer below and tell me you’re not intrigued. I dare you.


4 responses to “Fall TV 2013 Preview: Betrayal on ABC”

  1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

    You’re right. It does look very, very intriguing! Though part of me wonders if they just *think they’re soul mates because their own marriages need some attention.

    Isn’t that usually the case? The grass always looks greener over there (or, on the other side of the train tracks, in this case), but once you go there, you realize that every marriage and relationship needs loving attention. Yeah, just call me Therapist Jane today. 🙂

  2. K.L. Connie Wang Avatar

    This is true. I think the premise of their affair is just the underlying foundation to the murder mystery. Ultimately, that will keep me coming back every week, not how many times they can get away with cheating on their spouses.

  3. Rosemary Goodall Avatar

    After watching the first episode i am impress but how long they think they can keep up this charade of the affairs i just so want to know what will happen because they both have children and a small at that, they better think again its gonna become sour. Anyway lets see what happen i can’t wait!

  4. Sylvia Terry Avatar
    Sylvia Terry

    The 1st episode was engaging. The affair is not the most compelling, but in conjunction with the murder and the empathy I have developed for TJ, I find the show worth watching. I suspect more subtle bombshells to come

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