Wicked City Full Press Release for the Pilot

TWO DETECTIVES ATTEMPT TO TRACK DOWN A SERIAL KILLER WHO PREYS ON YOUNG, HAPLESS WOMEN LOOKING FOR FAME IN THE GLITTERING CITY OF ANGELS, CIRCA 1982, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF ABC’S “WICKED CITY”

Welcome to Los Angeles, circa 1982, during the rock ‘n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. But all is not glitter as there’s a serial killer on the loose, and two detectives find themselves on one of the toughest cases of their careers, on the series premiere of “Wicked City,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Many young women come to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a star. And the Sunset Strip was totally the happening place to be seen and make some connections. But you can’t come to the City of Angels without bumping into some evil.

In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Detectives Jack Roth (Jeremy Sisto) and new partner Paco Contreras (Gabriel Luna) are assigned to track down a killer who preys on women seeking fame in the City of Angels. Their perp, unbeknownst to them, is Kent Grainger (Ed Westwick), a tragic soul who craves attention and goes on a murderous rampage to obtain notoriety. Jack and Paco get a break when they stumble upon Karen McClaren (Taissa Farmiga), a young, struggling journalist who may have met the killer at a club and could I.D. him – but she may also be his next target. Meanwhile, Kent has found himself a young woman who may be his ‘Bonnie’ to his twisted ‘Clyde’ in the form of Betty Beaumontaine (Erika Christensen), a nurse and single mother of two with a bit of a sadistic twist.

Alliances will be formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to help solve this case and get this nut job off the street. But the clock is ticking as Kent continues to set his sights on the innocent, and Jack and Paco will go to any means necessary to hunt down and capture this scumbag – dead or alive.

“Wicked City” stars Ed Westwick as Kent Grainger, Erika Christensen as Betty Beaumontaine, Jeremy Sisto as Jack Roth, Taissa Farmiga as Karen McClaren, Gabriel Luna as Paco Contreras, Karolina Wydra as Dianne Kubek, Evan Ross as Diver Hawkes, Anne Winters as Vicki Roth and Jaime Ray Newman as Allison Roth.

Guest starring are W. Earl Brown as Captain Dan Wilkinson, Kirk Baltz as Detective Artie Bukowski, Sara Mornell as Detective Eileen Miller, Doug Simpson as Detective Ralph Peyton, Andriana Manfredi as Emily Fuentes, Pilar Holland as female anchor, Kascee Murdock as Freddie Beaumontaine, Talia Toms as Jane, Heather Grace Hancock as Mallory Kharchenko, Olivia Moss as Mary, Stephen Pearcy as Roscoe, Lola Wayne Villa as Tiffany Beaumontaine, Joe Damian Daly as writer, Devon Reilly as Gloria, Hugo Bianqui as Mr. Maddy and Mark Mester as reporter #1.

”Pilot” was written by Steven Baigelman and directed by Tom Shankland & Jon Cassar.

“Wicked City” was created by Steven Baigelman, who serves as an executive producer along with Amy B. Harris, Jon Cassar and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. The show is produced by ABC Studios.