Imagine How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) set in an FBI Training academy...
The show you're imagining would probably resemble ABC’s new drama series Quantico created and produced by Joshua Safran and Mark Gordon (and surprisingly, no Shonda Rhimes). I say “surprisingly” because the Shondaland formula is extremely evident in this new thriller that you’d be easily forgiven for thinking it was joining the TGIF line p this fall., here's why...
The new series follows a group of young Federal Bureau of Investigation recruits, who are training at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. However, one of the new FBI students is secretely a terrorist who is preparing to unleash the biggest attack on America since 9/11.
The similarities between Shonda shows and Quantico are by no means a handicap and actual work well as a great starting off point for what could become a major ratings winner for ABC in the same way Grey’s Anatomy
was is, as well as newer inductees into Shondaland like
Scandal and previously mentioned How To Get Away With Murder.
Priyanka Chopra plays Alex Parrish, the star of the series. While Chopra is a newcomer to American television, she is a talented and well known Bollywood actress in her native India. Chopra protrays Alex as a confident, strong and unapologetic woman who is also passionate and strong-willed. The first time we meet Alex, she is in the middle of a sexual tryst with Ryan Booth played by Jake McLaughlin (the best part of NBC’s cancelled thriller Believe) who may or may not be Alex’s love interest. One of the most striking and unavoidable aspects of the show is the character Nimah Anwar (played by Yasmine Al Masri) who wears a headscarf.
Quantico is definitely thrilling, ambitious and sexy but will have to try and find its own voice if it wants to be successful in the long run. Thrillers like Quantico can either lose steam or become so staturated with outlandish plots, the show becomes less enjoyable for viewers. With adequate direction, focus and writing, Quantico can become the focal drama for ABC.