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Review of "Ten Days in the Valley" 10/5/17 by Suzanne
Airs Sundays, 10/9c on ABC.

This is a very intense show, and hard to like. Kyra Sedgwick once again plays a hard-working wife who neglects her family in order to concentrate on work (just as she did in "The Closer"). This time, though, she's also a mom, and she's getting divorced.  Jane is a TV scriptwriter who did a documentary about the police that had massive affects on the police; now she's working on a TV series based on more police corruption. She and her husband are separated because he's a former drug user, but then we learn that she's also taking a lot of pills and alcohol. Her daughter gets kidnapped while she's working on a script in a shed near their house. Going forward, the show will be the mystery about who took the daughter, how do they get her back, and how will Jane be forced to reveal the truth without losing custody to her ex-husband. I'm sure there will be more story, too. This is a very complex drama. I hope it does well! It's certainly got compelling story.

The only flaw in the show is that Jane is not very likable. It's hard to find sympathy for a workaholic, alcholic, drug-abuser who neglects her kid just for a TV show (even if the TV show exposes police corruption). It's fine for people to be self-destructive or irresponsible, but when it affects their kids...I have a hard time finding much sympathy.

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“TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY” (Sundays from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
“Ten Days in the Valley” stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted. “Ten Days in The Valley,” a thrilling mystery, debuts this fall on The ABC Television Network.

After her award-winning documentary brings down the San Diego Police Department, Jane takes her storytelling talents to the fictional world with a television cop drama. But the pressures and stress of balancing her career with being a devoted mom start to take their toll on Jane. When her daughter, Lake (Abigail Pniowsky), goes missing, and the Los Angeles Police Department starts to investigate, Jane’s world only gets more difficult.

Everyone in Jane’s life suddenly becomes suspicious. Pete (Kick Gurry), Jane’s ex, is the number one suspect at the start of the case. He is a charismatic, unpredictable music producer and a recovering heroin addict seeking joint custody of Lake. Ali (Erika Christensen), Jane’s younger sister, is a capable and pragmatic rock of stability and support during Jane’s ongoing ordeal, who can’t help but question many of Jane’s choices. Ali and her husband, Tom (Josh Radall), are trying to conceive their own, but her priorities take a back seat when Lake goes missing. Tom is a decisively tough yet warm partner to Ali, an ambitious journalist who sees it all. On Jane’s television series, her right-hand man is Matt (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). Matt is a strong-headed writer and co-executive producer, but he is desperate to have his own series one day and can never seem to meet Jane’s expectations.

Outside of Jane’s family are the police officers from the LAPD. Detective Bird (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Robbery Homicide Division, takes on Jane’s case. A strategically non-judgmental maverick investigator, Bird serves as the lead detective investigating the disappearance of Jane’s daughter. Bird answers to Commander Gomez (Felix Solas), who presides over the important LAPD Detective Bureau with the decisiveness and confidence of an oligarch. Gomez’s overall goal is to clean up the image of the LAPD, and he is struggling to make that happen with all the cop dramas on TV, including Jane’s. And there is also the source of Jane’s stories – Gus (Francois Battiste). Gus is a narcotics detective who serves as Jane’s confidante and secret source for her show.

The series also features Emily Kinney as Casey, Jane’s upbeat young assistant who looks up to her boss as a role model; Currie Graham as Henry Vega, the charismatic yet demanding director at the helm of Jane’s new series; Nelson Lee as Sheldon, the laid-back yet unpredictable drug supplier who launders his drug money through a popular taco truck; Ali Stroker as Tamara, a writer and crack researcher in Jane’s internal writers’ room; Ella Thomas as Isobel, the complicated, charming and fiercely intelligent star of Jane’s show; Beth Triffon as Mackenzie, script coordinator for Jane’s series and an earnest aspiring writer herself; and Mark L. Young as PJ, the friendly and street-smart neighborhood drug supplier who dreams of becoming a writer.

“Ten Days in the Valley” is from Skydance Television. It is created and written by Tassie Cameron. Executive producers are Tassie Cameron, Kyra Sedgwick, Jill Littman, Dana Goldberg, David Ellison and Marcy Ross.

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