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"Betrayal" review by Suzanne
Premieres Sunday September 29 10/9c on ABC

At first I thought this was going to be a lame attempt to make another show like "Revenge". However, it's actually really good, like a darker version of Revenge with elements of "Damages" and "Blue Bloods" in it. The only question will be, can you get past the fact that the two protagonists are cheating on their spouses?

Normally I would not be in favor of such a show. I like shows where the heroes are heroes, and I don't condone any type of marital cheating. To me, people who are cheating are the most selfish people you can be, especially those with children or who have no reason not to get divorced. However, the chemistry between the two lead characters, Jack and Sara, is so great, that you can kind of see why they might fall for each other and give in to temptation (even though I think they're selfish). And of course, there are consequences to the actions. Boy, are there.

When the show opens, you see some of the consequences to their actions, and they're not pretty. Borrowing from Revenge's first episode, the rest is flashbacks from that first scene.  Sarah's husband is a high powered prosecuting attorney, and Jack turns out to be the son of a mobster (his defense attorney), and lots of really big stuff happens that further complicates their relationship. Oscar nominee James Cromwell is fantastic as Jack's corrupt dad.

It's a very interesting show with lots of different story threads, so it will be interesting to see how it goes and what happens. If I can find the time to watch it, and if ABC keeps it around. Check it out!



Two lovers' worlds will collide, culminating in a powerful and compelling story of sex, love, loyalty, marriage and treachery in the provocative, sensual and gripping new drama, "Betrayal," premiering SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

In the premiere episode, "Pilot," a chance meeting between Sara Hanley (Hannah Ware), a professional photographer, and Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend), a top attorney, leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sara's husband, Drew Stafford (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, and the couple has a seven-year-old, Oliver. Unbeknownst to Sara, Jack is in-house counsel to a powerful but somewhat shady entrepreneur, Thatcher Karsten (James Cromwell), and is married to Thatcher's daughter, Elaine (Wendy Moniz). Sara and Jack both realize something is missing in their marriages, and fight against the realization that they've met their soul mates in one another. 
As Sara and Jack struggle with their feelings and their guilt about their families, Thatcher's brother-in-law, Lou, is murdered, and all evidence points to Thatcher's mentally challenged son, T.J. (Henry Thomas). Sara discovers she's in the middle of a nightmare when she learns that Drew will be the prosecuting attorney in this high-profile murder case, which can secure his political future, and that Jack will be the lawyer for the defense. The lovers find themselves in an impossible situation - on opposite sides of a murder investigation.
"Betrayal" stars Hannah Ware ("Shame," "Boss") as Sara Hanley, Henry Thomas ("E.T.," "Gangs of New York") as T.J. Karsten, Chris Johnson ("The Vampire Diaries") as Drew Stafford, Wendy Moniz ("Guiding Light," "The Guardian") as Elaine McAllister, Elizabeth McLaughlin ("The Clique") as Valerie McAllister, Braeden Lemasters ("Men of a Certain Age") as Victor McAllister, with Stuart Townsend ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") as Jack McAllister and James Cromwell ("Babe," "American Horror Story") as Thatcher Karsten.
Guest starring are James Keane as Lou Mrozek, Helena Mattsson as Brandy, Merrin Dungey as Alissa Barnes and Carmen Roman as Constance Mrozek.
"Betrayal," based on the hit Dutch series "Overspel," was written by David Zabel ("ER," "Detroit 1-8-7") and directed by Patty Jenkins ("The Killing," "Monster"), and is executive-produced by Zabel, Lisa Zwerling ("ER," "FlashForward"), Alon Aranya ("Red Widow," "Hostages") and Rob Golenberg ("Red Widow"). It is produced by ABC Studios.
"Betrayal" and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,S parental guideline.
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