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The hunt continues tonight on ABC’s Missing, which stars Ashley Judd as former CIA agent Becca Winstone, a widow who’s crying and kicking butt all over Europe as she searches for her kidnapped son Michael (Nick Eversman). “In this episode, she definitely gets a better line on who might have her son and where to go,” creator Gregory Poirier tells EW. And so will viewers. “One of the things that I love about this episode is that we actually start to go with Michael and follow where he is and what’s happening to him while she’s looking for him, »
- Mandi Bierly
Sean Bean has revealed that he will have a "quite substantial" presence in Missing despite being killed off in the pilot episode. The Game of Thrones actor's character Paul was seemingly murdered by a car bomb within the opening minutes of the ABC drama, which focuses on his widow and ex-cia agent Becca (Ashley Judd) searching for her kidnapped son. "I get exploded [but] you'll see me in flashback and that's the story that unfolds between Paul and Becca," he told Entertainment Weekly. "It starts off back-to-front, in a way. "The flashbacks are quite substantial. You find out who she is and who Paul is, and what their relationship (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
Speculation has swirled in recent days that something is awry with Ashley Judd, perhaps that she'd even undergone plastic surgery. This comes following recent appearances in which the "Missing " actress looked rather puffy. But it seems that there's a simple explanation for the matter.
Judd's publicist tells E!, "Ashley has been battling an ongoing, serious sinus infection and flu. Therefore, Ashley has been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it so she could get on a plane and travel to Toronto and New York to fulfill her commitment of completing four consecutive days of press to promote her new show, 'Missing.'"
The actress offers more detail on Twitter. "Steriods [sic] are dramatic," she writes. "My clothes don't fit right."
And that appears to be the end of that. »
And that’s about how much of Bean we saw in the pilot for ABC’s new globe-hopping action drama, which stars Ashley Judd as an ex-cia agent searching for her kidnapped son. Bean plays her government agent husband Paul, who’s murdered by a car bomb explosion during the pilot’s prologue.
But unlike Bean’s killed-off characters from other projects, he’ll continue to appear in flashbacks throughout the first season (in fact, we have an exclusive »
- James Hibberd
"Missing " just premiered on ABC and we're loving it. The show stars Ashley Judd as Becca Winstone. She's a single mom and a former CIA agent who's been out of the game since she had her son. In the premiere, he's kidnapped while studying abroad in Italy and Becca uses her old skills to try to get him back.
We find out two very important things here. Becca's past was not typical for the CIA, and the current person in charge (Cliff Curtis) is surprised by how many skills she still has. In fact, from her fighting, we can see that she's been keeping herself in shape all these years. She's also got connections that make you wonder what she was up to all those years ago.
The other important thing we learn is that Ashley Judd is an action star. There is no doubt about it. From her ferocious »
She'll use any means necessary to get her son back but will enough viewers want to follow along? Will the show be cancelled before she can find her boy?
Here's what some critics are saying about Missing:
NY Daily News: "Rome isn't conquered in a day, even by Becca, and watching Missing will require a commitment, not occasional whim. As drama it has a few holes and clearly a lot of backstory that will unspool at its own pace. Some of the action scenes, in keeping with special-effects tradition, are filmed in near-darkness. But the narrative is crisp, fast and easy to follow, and in the end the real »
ABC A scene from “Missing .”
Apparently 10 years of attending PTA meetings and chaperoning Boys Scouts are not enough to make a former CIA agent forget how to evade killers or the Italian police.
In the premiere of ABC’s “Missing ,” Becca Winstone, played by Ashley Judd, has taken one would-be assassin down before the opening credits and led four more on a motorcycle chase through the streets of Rome before they crash as she gets away again.
While the dialogue »
- Kathy Shwiff
Fans of Ashley Judd know she's made a great career by running... and jumping... and shooting.... and screaming. Basically, all things action. So Missing makes for an ideal comeback vehicle, following five years away from the acting game.
In the series premiere we are introduced to retired CIA agent Rebecca Winstone. She is an overprotective mother who apprehensively allows her only child, Michael, to enroll in architecture school in Rome.
To understand what makes Rebecca tick, the show opened with an incident 10 years prior in which her husband, Paul, was assassinated in front of their child. It's later referenced that she retired from the CIA as a result. Paul and Michael were in Vienna at the time so obviously Becca would be even more afraid to allow Michael to study abroad in Europe.
There's also the fact that she and Paul were both operatives and obviously know the ins and outs and safety statistics. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Leigh Raines)
I published my review of ABC's "Missing " on Tuesday. Now it's your turn. For those who chose the Ashley Judd spy drama over "Idol," "Community," March Madness, etc., what did you think? Did you appreciate all the attempts to remind us of her maternal side (including the gag where she tells the girl at the club to put out the cigarette), or was it all a bit much? Did you like the location filming? Enjoy the action? Glad to have Judd working again, or did you not miss her during her relative downtime? Thoughts on Sean Bean's latest method of dying? And will you watch again? Have at it. »
- Alan Sepinwall
She's not just a CIA agent, she's a mother! Ashley Judd is on TV, y'all, and she is not messing around! The movie star is getting her Liam Neeson-in-Taken on in her new drama series, Missing (which premiered tonight on ABC). In other words, she's going to do anything necessary to find her missing son. Yes, this is one mom who isn't afraid to get her hands a little dirty. Now that you've seen the series premiere, we want to hear from you: Would you care if Missing went missing from ABC's schedule in a few weeks? (See what we did there?) Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned, are we right?! Becca Winstone (Judd) is a former CIA agent who retired 10 years ago after »
Chicago – I’m right on the critical median with ABC’s “Missing .” On one hand, it’s inconsistent, poorly written, and kind of just silly. It’s tempting to dismiss like an overheated Lifetime movie. On the other hand, Ashley Judd is better than most Lifetime leads, the action is actually pretty tight, and I like the creative potential of a show that’s promised viewers that it will wrap up its first story in ten episodes. Which hand wins out? You decide.
TV Rating: 3.0/5.0
Judd plays a character who could be called “Mama Bourne.” She looks like your average soccer mom but she’s really a killing machine in pumps. The show opens ten years ago as Judd’s Becca Winstone is speaking on the phone to her husband Paul (Sean Bean) and son Michael overseas. Without warning, her husband’s car explodes, and we learn that this happy »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Tonight, ABC debuts its new drama Missing (8 p.m. Et). In Ashley Judd’s first TV series since Sisters, she stars as Becca Winstone, a mother who’ll do whatever it takes to find her son Michael (Nick Eversman) after he’s kidnapped while studying abroad in Rome. The hook: She and her late husband Paul (Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean) — who was killed in Europe 10 years earlier in front of young Michael — were both CIA. “You will see some of our life together 10 years previously,” she assures us. “When I start to realize that my son’s disappearance is »
- Mandi Bierly
Your Daily Dispatch of Celebrity Shenanigans
No Knife For Ashley: Following rumors that Ashley Judd went under the knife, the actress' rep is speaking out about her appearance, which did seem a bit different this week while promoting her new series, "Missing ." "For the record, this is unequivocally not true," her rep told E! News. "Ashley has been battling an ongoing, serious sinus infection and flu. Therefore, Ashley has been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it so she could get on a plane and travel to Toronto and New York to fulfill her commitment of completing ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Thursday (March 15) night will be a big one for Ashley Judd. At 6:50 p.m. Et, Judd's beloved Kentucky Wildcats begin what is expected to be a long Ncaa Tournament run, tipping off as a No.1 seed against a Western Kentucky Hilltoppers squad that isn't expected to put up much of a fight. By 8 p.m. the game is expected to be a blowout, just in time for Judd to make her return to primetime TV as the star of ABC's "Missing ." In the globe-trotting thriller, Judd plays Rebecca Winstone, a mother who taps into an unexpected reservoir »
- Daniel Fienberg
Ashley Judd has returned to her butt-kicking ways, but this time she's going to do it every week on TV. When ABC's new drama Missing premieres Thursday (8/7c), viewers will encounter the actress in a role that will seem familiar to fans of her big-screen thrillers, including Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, High Crimes and Twisted. In a sense, they helped pave the way for Judd to play Missing 's Becca Winstone, a florist and former CIA agent whose teenage son Michael (Nick Eversman) goes missing in Italy. (Ok, so it also borrows a lot from Liam Neeson's Taken.)
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- Hanh Nguyen
There’s a certain genre of television that I’m not very friendly with, and it’s something I should confess before anyone goes too far in this review. It’s a genre that is dominated by shows with initials as their names these days, and they are geared actually toward people somewhere around my age. I find them awful in general, stunted by broken, goofy dialog that often seems to be written by people who have never heard people speak in real life, and pushed along by action scenes that are curiously hokey, but with delusions of grandeur.
If such shows are your bag, and you can deal with Ashley Judd as an ex-cia badass (but, I repeat myself), then I’ve got a show for you.
Veering off from most shows in this genre, Missing is another installment of the long arc vs. truly episodic shows, and follows »
- Marc Eastman
"Missing " premieres on ABC this Thursday, March 15 and we got a chance to chat with the stunning men of the series. Adriano Giannini plays Giancarlo Rossi, a man from former C.I.A. agent Becca Winstone's (Ashley Judd) past. Cliff Curtis plays Agent Dax Miller, who is trying to rein Becca in. Nick Eversman plays her kidnapped son, Michael.
We asked the guys about doing action scenes. "Actually, I did not do a lot of action scenes," says Giannini "And I'm gonna speak with the writers for the next season ... I want to do some more. And I'm trained to. I did a lot of Brazilian jui-jitsu, things like that. So I did not do a lot of those scene. I think the most important thing when I read the script was the script. The way it was written was very different from ah ... in Italy we do television of course, »
Ashley Judd has been found.
The actress, who took a five-year break from acting and returns this Thursday on ABC's Missing , admitted to me this week that she had no intention of breaking back into the business on network television.
But the new drama is unique in that it's taking her around the world, with episodes filmed on location in locales such as Prague and Croatia.
Missing Series Premiere Promo
"It's the best of both worlds," Judd said of Missing, which features the star as Becca Winstone, a former CIA operative whose husband has been killed and whose son has now been abducted. "It has the reach and power of network television, but each episode feels like a movie."
Judd's character may be a former government agent, but she emphasized that Becca is relatable for one basic reason: the search for her son.
"A lot of people can connect with a determined mother, »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Missing creator Gregory Poirier has revealed that Ashley Judd was the show's first choice for the lead role The ABC drama series stars Judd as retired CIA agent Becca Winston, who goes on her own to search for her missing son. The drama also features Sean Bean, Cliff Curtis, Nick Eversman, Jason Wong and Adriano Giannini. Bean plays Becca's husband , while Eversman plays their missing son. "I fell in love with her when she was on Star Trek, when she was 17 or something. She's just amazing," Poirier told Collider. "She (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
From Alias to Revenge, ABC has a nice history of taking rote concepts and making them cool or tapping in to our love of guilty pleasure. It's as if the network is giving viewers a free pass on expecting gravitas, so long as it makes the hour go by pretty quickly. Photos: Midseason TV 17 New Shows Premiering in 2012 Now it's offering up Missing , a 10-episode series starring Ashley Judd as a former CIA agent whose 18-year-old son disappears in Italy, and she shakes off 10 years of stay-at-home-mom rust and goes after
- Tim Goodman
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