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Quantico (TV series)

Quantico
Genre
Created by Joshua Safran
Starring
Composer(s) Joel J. Richard
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Barabra D'Alessandro
Editor(s) Allyson C. Johnson
Location(s) Montreal, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Cinematography Todd McMullen
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27) – present
External links
Website

Quantico is an American television thriller series created by Joshua Safran, that premiered on ABC on Sunday September 27, 2015.[1][2][3] The series' protagonist is Alex Parrish (played by Priyanka Chopra), who is suspected of committing a terrorist attack. Flashbacks tell her story and the ones of her fellow recruits at the FBI Academy in Quantico. ABC ordered a full season on October 13, 2015, with an ordered 19 episodes.[4]

Contents

  • Synopsis 1
  • Cast and characters 2
    • Main 2.1
    • Recurring 2.2
  • Episodes 3
  • Production 4
    • Development 4.1
    • Casting 4.2
    • Filming 4.3
  • Reception 5
    • Critical response 5.1
    • Ratings 5.2
  • Broadcast 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Synopsis

The series follows a group of young FBI recruits; each has a specific reason for joining. Flashbacks detail their previous lives, while the recruits battle their way through training at the academy in Quantico, Virginia. However, the series reveals in a flash forward twist that one of the recruits, upon graduating from the academy, will be suspected of masterminding the biggest terror attack on New York City since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, an FBI agent who becomes a prime suspect in the terrorist attack. Framed, she goes into hiding to track down those responsible and clear her name.
  • Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor, a seasoned FBI agent who had a fling with Miranda Shaw, demoted to work at the Academy.
  • Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, an undercover FBI agent who was tasked to survey Alex, and whom she is suspected of shooting.
  • Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, the mentor at Quantico who knows Alex was set up and who is helping her track down the real culprit.
  • Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah & Raina Amin, twins brought into the program by Miranda, who masquerade as one person under Nimah's name. Nimah desperately wants to be a special agent but is not quite up to the physical and mental challenge, while Raina is better suited to the role, but only entered training because Nimah wanted it so much.
  • Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Alex's best friend and an excellent shot. She is rather wealthy and her family owns a couple of corporations. Shelby's parent were both killed on 9/11, leading her to join the FBI to try to stop terrorist attacks in the future.
  • Tate Ellington as Simon Asher. He is Jewish and has a fascination with Nimah, who discovers that he spent part of his life in Gaza. Currently-unknown events caused him to leave Quantico sometime before the Grand Central Terminal Attack.
  • Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas, who flunked out of the Academy as an agent, but brought back to train as an analyst. Prior to the Grand Central Terminal Attack, Caleb was stationed as an analyst in San Diego, but requested a transfer to New York.
  • Anabelle Acosta as Natalie Vazquez, Alex's rival in Academy standings and for Ryan's heart as well.[5] In the events after the attack, she is shown to have become an FBI agent and is one of the agents hunting Alex down.

Recurring

  • Rick Cosnett as Elias Harper, an openly gay analyst trainee who seems interested in Simon both personally and professionally.
  • Anna Khaja as Sita Parrish, Alex's mother.
  • Mark Pellegrino as FBI Deputy Director Clayton Haas. Caleb's father.
  • Jacob Artist as Brandon Fletcher.

Episodes

The title of the episodes is the last word spoken in the episode.

No.  Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  U.S. viewers
(millions) 
1 "Run" Marc Munden Joshua Safran September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27) 7.14[6]
FBI recruit Alex Parrish is found in the ruins of Grand Central Station. She is held by the FBI and questioned. Flashbacks show her FBI training at Quantico with the other recruits. One of them, Ryan Booth, is really an undercover agent who is instructed by Special Agent O'Connor to surveil Alex. Alex had told O'Connor how she shot her father, Jeff Michaels, during a fight with her mother. He turns out to be an FBI agent himself. Back in the present, they find Ryan unconscious, shot with Alex's gun in her apartment, together with evidence that points to her involvement in the attack. Alex is arrested. Miranda Shaw, her mentor from Quantico, helps her escape.
2 "America" Stephen Kay Joshua Safran October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) 6.98[7]
Liam has caught Miranda, but Alex has escaped. She visits her apartment to collect evidence and is almost caught by Natalie. Alex calls Ryan at the hospital; he tells her he does not remember who shot him, but he knows it was not Alex. He offers to help her from the inside, but to do so, he must tell Liam that Alex is guilty. At Quantico, Miranda warns Nimah and Raina not to blow their cover, Elias finds out about Simon's past in Gaza, and Miranda finds out that Ryan is an undercover agent and worries that he is spying on her.
3 "Cover" Jennifer Lynch Jordon Nardino October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11) 5.75[8]
Alex's mother, Sita, is brought in for questioning and reveals that Alex had vanished for a year when she was in India. She is convinced by Liam to publicly beg Alex to turn herself in during a television press conference. Alex, meanwhile, seeks help from Simon, who was kicked out of Quantico some time earlier. They discover that Alex was being set up from the very beginning of her training. Simon helps her escape, but he is secretly working for Director Clayton. At Quantico, Alex learns from Liam that her father was a special agent. The NATs complete psychological profiles of each other, but the exercise is a test set up by Miranda. Raina must step up to the plate when Nimah leaves Quantico. Miranda learns that her son, who she had put into prison, may be paroled.
4 "Kill" Rachel Morrison Cherien Dabis October 18, 2015 (2015-10-18) 5.30[9]
Simon helps Alex avoid being captured by the FBI. They track the wire from her apartment to one of Shelby's companies and search for evidence at her house. Shelby knows that Simon is officially undercover for Clayton and Ryan discovers it, too. In the end, Alex holds Shelby hostage, Ryan and Simon plot together, and Clayton announces Alex is shoot-to-kill. At Quantico, Alex still struggles with what she learned about her father and fails during a training raid of a hostage situation. Liam wants Ryan to get Alex to quit Quantico and Ryan finds out that his undercover assignment was never officially sanctioned. Miranda asks Nimah to return to Quantico and tells her how her son was influenced by extremist groups to plan an attack on his high school. Elias becomes more suspicious about Simon.
5 "Found" David McWhirter Jake Coburn & Justin Brenneman October 25, 2015 (2015-10-25) 5.10[10]
At Quantico, the NATS have 15 weeks more but they are all tired. So as a treat, Miranda sends them all on an undercover mission. They all are asked to pose as a person and infiltrate a company and meet the CEO. Caleb destroys all of Shelby's efforts as a way of taking revenge as he thinks she ratted on him being in the shooting arena in the beginning. At the end, Alex, Ryan, Nimah and some new NATS can be observed in a waiting area to meet the CEO. Nimah and Raina make up and Raina encourages Nimah to pursue Simon. When Elias finds out that Simon has been lying about everything and wants to report him, Simon tells him he was in the Israeli defense forces and is now living undercover. In the present, Alex broadcasts a video stating her side of the story. Then she escapes from the venue leaving Shelby behind, who by then believes that Alex could not have bombed Grand Central and does not give up Simon and Ryan. At the end, Simon gets a message with the names of agents near the area at that time. Caleb is in the list.
6 "God" Peter Leto Beth Schacter November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) 4.03[11]
At Quantico, romances heat up among several of the recruits, and the recruits learn the art of surveillance on suspects. Elsewhere, Shaw is dealing with her recently paroled terrorist son. In the present, Alex must deal with Haas taking over the investigation into the bombing, as Asher tries to gain access to Haas' computer so that she could know what he knows.
7 "Go"[12] Patrick Norris Logan Slakter November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08) TBD
8 "Over"[13] James Whitmore, Jr. Justin Brennenman & Sharbari Ahmed November 15, 2015 (2015-11-15) TBD

Production

Development

On September 17, 2014, ABC announced the network had bought the original concept for the drama series written by Joshua Safran and produced by Mark Gordon Company, described as Grey's Anatomy meets Homeland.[14] ABC ordered the pilot on January 23, 2015 for the 2015–16 television season.[15] The pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta and directed by Marc Munden.[16] On May 7, 2015, ABC picked up the pilot to series with an order of 13 episodes.[17] ABC picked up the show for a full season on October 13, 2015, with an additional six episodes, increasing the episode count from 13 to 19 episodes.[4]

Casting

Casting advertisements began in February 2015. Tate Ellington was the first actor, cast as an FBI trainee on February 9, 2015.[18] On February 9, Graham Rogers joined the series as another FBI trainee.[19] On February 25, it was announced that Aunjanue Ellis would play the leading role of Miranda Shaw, the assistant director of the training academy; Ellis was cast in this role following the success of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, which also features an African American lead.[20][21] Later, it was announced that Dougray Scott, initially cast as Ellis' character's former partner, had been re-cast as her subordinate.[22] On February 25, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra landed the role of FBI trainee Alex Parrish, the series' young female lead.[23] On March 3, it was announced that Jake McLaughlin would play Alex Parrish's love interest, while Johanna Braddy and Yasmine Al Massri were cast in the final co-starring roles.[24]

After picking up the pilot, ABC began making casting changes. On May 19, 2015, it was announced that Dougray Scott, who played FBI Special Agent Liam O'Connor, had left the show and the role would be recast;[25] Josh Hopkins replaced him in that role on July 17, 2015.[26] On July 15, 2015, it was announced that Anabelle Acosta was cast for a multi-episode arc as a Quantico recruit and former cop.[27][28] On July 20, 2015, Rick Cosnett signed on to play a recurring role as a former defense attorney and Miranda's analyst, who is openly gay.[29] On September 4, 2015, it was announced that Acosta had been promoted to series regular.[30] On September 11, 2015, Jacob Artist was cast in the recurring role of a friendly and confident FBI Agent in Training, who is a former quarterback from a wealthy, prominent family.[31]

Filming

While the pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta, the series began filming the first season in Montreal, Quebec and Sherbrooke, Quebec in late summer 2015.[32] Production of the first 13 episodes began on July 20, 2015 and is scheduled to end on December 17, 2015.[32]

Reception

Critical response

Quantico has received positive reviews from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 83% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 54 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Obvious copycatting aside, Quantico provides ludicrously entertaining thrills from a well-balanced cast."[33] On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 70 out of 100 based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[34]

Ratings

No. Title Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Run" September 27, 2015 Sundays
10:00 p.m.
1.9/6 7.14[6] 1.5 5.01 3.4 12.15[35]
2 "America" October 4, 2015 1.9/6 6.98[7] 1.7 4.93 3.6 11.91[36]
3 "Cover" October 11, 2015 1.6/5 5.75[8] 1.8 4.90 3.4 10.65[37]
4 "Kill" October 18, 2015 1.6/5 5.30[9] 1.6 4.59 3.2 9.89[38]
5 "Found" October 25, 2015 1.5/4 5.10[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "God" November 1, 2015 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Go" November 8, 2015 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Over" November 15, 2015 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Broadcast

Quantico was initially scheduled to air Tuesdays at 10:00 pm, but was moved to Sundays at 10:00 pm, due to Of Kings and Prophets being retooled.[39]

Internationally, in India, the series premiered on October 3, 2015 on STAR World India and STAR World Premiere HD.[40] In Australia, the series premiered on the Seven Network on October 11, 2015.[41] The series was acquired by Alibi in the UK.[42]

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  13. ^ """Episode Title: (#108) "Over.  
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