Production Begins On UP's First Scripted Series, 'Ties That Bind'
Production began this week on UP's first original scripted drama series "Ties That Bind," a police procedural and family drama, starring Kelli Williams ("The Practice," "Army Wives"), Jonathan Scarfe ("Perception") and Dion Johnstone ("Defiance"), with special guest star Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills 90210"). Created by Sheryl J. Anderson ("Charmed," UP's The Town that Came A-Courtin), this 10-episode, hour-long series is set to premiere in August.
The ensemble cast includes teen actors Mitchell Kummen ("The Tomorrow People"), Natasha Calis ("The Firm"), Rhys Matthew Bond ("The Good Witch") and Matreya Scarrwener ("Once Upon a Time").
"Ties that Bind" revolves around Allison McLean (Kelli Williams), a tough and experienced police detective in suburban Seattle. Like most working women, her hands are already full, balancing a demanding and dangerous job and a family -- husband Matt (Jonathan Scarfe), and teenagers Jeff (Mitchell Kummen) and Rachel (Natasha Calis). But when she and her partner, Devin (Dion Johnstone), must arrest her brother, Tim (Luke Perry), for aggravated assault, her world drastically changes as Tim is convicted and sent to prison leaving his two teenagers Cameron (Rhys Matthew Bond) and Mariah (Matreya Scarrwener) teetering on the brink of foster care. Having done the right thing as an officer of the law, Allison now feels compelled to do the right thing as a sister and aunt; she brings Tim's two very unhappy teens into her home. Squeezing four teenagers under one roof proves to be an additional test of Allison's strength and patience. It won't be easy for her husband, her children or Tim's kids either. In addition to investigating local crimes, the series will also focus on the joys and struggles of the teens as they adjust to their new home, their new high school, make new friends and experience love, romance, anger and jealousy.