Missing Creator on Casting Ashley Judd: A Dream Come True

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Forgive the obvious pun, but through two episodes, the ratings for ABC's latest drama have not been… Missing.

Indeed, Gregory Poirier appears to have a hit on his hands, one he told me over the phone today was the brainchild of fellow producer Gina Matthews. She sold him on the concept largely based on the fact that both are involved parents.

Ashley Judd in Missing

Then, of course, there was Ashley Judd. Was the role written with this movie star in mind?

“She was the archetype," Poirier said. "She does have a reputation for saying no to most television things. When we finally got the word that she had read the script and liked it, we thought 'Oh my God we finally got our meeting with our dream person!'"

Shot on location across Europe, each episode of Missing feels like an hour-long movie. It's one of the main draws for viewers.

“It’s challenging" to shoot this way, Poirier explained. "But it was a goal from the beginning.”

As for what fans can expect going forward, Becca's son will be a focus of this week's installment. Is he aware that his mother was once in the CIA?

"I’m not sure he consciously knows exactly what the story was, but he certainly knows that his mother is not ordinary.”

Well, no. She's Ashley Judd, a series creator's dream come true!

Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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How unfortunate..After reading all the comments on the missing program, I felt it was the best I had watched in a very long time. The scenery was wonderful and there was an actual story line to it.. The actors were awesome as well.I watched every single episode with family . Please reconsider a return. The way it ended last season led you to believe it would continue.
Thanks. J

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We have just viewed the final episode of Missing here in NZ and I was gutted to hear there will be no more. What a fantastic series, I love Ashley Judd and of course our very own Cliff Curtis.

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We have just viewed the final episode of Missing here in NZ and I was gutted to hear there will be no more. What a fantastic series I love Ashley Judd and of course our very own Cliff Curtis.

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So they cancel this great show with a well known actress and actor but they renew stupid shows like "don't trust the b in apt 23" and "bachelor pad" with unknown people. What has this network become and who makes these corporate decisions. There should be public voting for potential cancelled shows....abc let the viewers decide. By the way, not everyone has time to watch tv which is why we stream videos and watch when we do have the time.

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I don't have a tv so all my favorite tv shows I watch on abc.com. They really shouldn't base their ratings on viewers watching during that time slot but combine it with streaming. I love that show.

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Glad it's cancelled, stopped watching after Judd's political videos...good show though.

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I loved this show and couldn't wait each week to see what was going to happen. Whoever made the call to cancel this show should find another job!!!!

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Missing was the best show bar none on TV since Prison Break. Let's be serious people. Missing has everything you want to see in a show. Ashley Judd is rejuvenated and looking great kicking some butt and getting back her son. ABC you are truly not looking at the right target audiences if you cancel this show. It could be your biggest mistake in your ratings. You wonder why Fox and CBS get the bigger audiences. Maybe because they know a good thing when they have got it. ABC do yourself a favor and give us at least a season 2. J.R.

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Unbelievable -- that you would cancel this show; the only thing Missing is your reason. I thought there was some hope that the people in charge were coming around to the knowledge that the audience is not just a bunch of sex-crazed idiots - you insult our intelligence with most of the fare we have so we are delighted to have a great program like this appear -- fast paced, international intrigue with a believable cast and directing - writers that are truly at the top of their game; it is a shame that this is dropping into the pit of truly great programming, to be replaced by more mindless fodder. The dumbing of America is fully functioning. How sad.

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I find it highly disappointing that the network is even considering cancelling such an excellent series. Great story, action, and cast. I look forward to watching this series, and have been unable to miss an episode. In fact, I'm pretty sure ABC could market this one as a movie, and PROFIT from this series if they stuck with it. I feel that ABC is making a big mistake, and should highly reconsider. By the way, I think the Big Bang Theory sucks and it makes me want to shut off the TV and go to bed early.