‘The Missing’: Peacock Orders New Crime Drama from Creator of ‘Big Sky’

by Taylor Cunningham
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NBC’s streamer, Peacock, is picking up 11-time Emmy winner and Big Sky producer David E. Kelley’s newest drama, The Missing.

Big Little Lies writer and executive producer David E Kelley’s newest project is headed to Peacock. The 8 episode series is based on Dror A. Mishani’s best-selling crime novel The Missing File. To film the series, Kelley teamed up with Keshet Studios and Universal Television.

The Missing follows NYPD Detective Avraham Avraham, who has a strong belief in humanity due to his devout spiritual and religious background. But he begins to question everything he holds dear when a routine investigation turns ugly.

“I was riveted by Dror’s novels and the character of Avraham Avraham,” Kelley said in a statement. “[I] jumped at the opportunity to bring both to life.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to bring this series to Peacock audiences led by iconic producer David E. Kelley, who has shepherded some of today’s most buzzworthy dramas,” Lisa Katz, president of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming’s scripted content shared. “We’re looking forward to partnering with Keshet Studios alongside Universal Television to bring this compelling, soulful mystery to life.”

David E Kelley is known for writing and producing acclaimed series such as Nine Perfect Strangers, Ally McBeal, and The Practice. Kelley is also the showrunner for ABC’s Big Sky, which is based on another crime series by C.J. Box.

‘The Missing’ is Following Up ‘Big Sky’ for Kelley

David E. Kelley’s The Missing comes on the heels of the producer’s current series Big Sky. In 2020, Kelley took a turn from his recent run of streaming mini-series like Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers to film ABC’s newest hit show. But Big Sky does have something in common with Kelley’s other recent work, it’s also based on a book.

The Cassie Dewell novels by C.J. Box inspired the suspenseful crime drama Big Sky. The plot follows two private detectives in Helena, Montana, who are on the search for three missing girls. And while they’re looking, they uncover a human trafficking ring.

The series, which stars Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick, starts out as a typical prime-time drama. Two teenage sisters hit the road to visit the older sister’s long-distance boyfriend. And while they’re on a secluded mountain highway, they begin a game of cat and mouse with a villainous truck diver. Everything seems fairly predictable at first. But halfway through the series opener, a surprising plot change sets the show on an entirely different path. And from there, Kelley keeps his audience on their toes as the story twists and turns through every episode.

Big Sky is in its second season, and you can catch new episodes on ABC every Thursday at 10/9c. You can also watch the series from the start on Hulu.

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