Original Drama Series “Sullivan’s Crossing” From Bestselling Author Robyn Carr of “Virgin River” to Premiere on The CW Network in Fall 2023
10-Episode Series from Fremantle, Bell Media’s CTV, and Reel World Management Brings the Stars of “One Tree Hill” and “Gilmore Girls” Back to The CW
April 26, 2023 (Burbank, CA) — The CW Network has partnered with CTV and Fremantle on SULLIVAN’S CROSSING, a 10-episode hour-long drama series based on the books by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr, it was announced today by Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment, The CW Network. Starring Morgan Kohan (“Transplant,” “Batwoman”) alongside fan-favorite actors Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”) and Scott Patterson (“Gilmore Girls”), SULLIVAN’S CROSSING will make its U.S. debut on The CW in Fall 2023.
“SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is an emotionally rich, authentic family drama that will immediately resonate with audiences thanks to an incredible cast and relatable themes of self-reflection, second chances and the power of community,” commented Schwartz. “Alongside a breakout performance from Morgan Kohan, it is incredibly special to bring Chad and Scott back home to The CW.”
Maggie Sullivan (Kohan) is a star neurosurgeon who seemingly has it all, until her business partner is indicted for fraud and she finds herself charged with negligence. Looking to distance herself from the fallout, Maggie decides to leave Boston and return to her childhood home of Sullivan’s Crossing, a rustic and remote campground set against the stunning coastline still run by her estranged father, Sully Sullivan (Patterson). There, Maggie rekindles old friendships and builds new ones with the local residents, including a handsome newcomer, Cal Jones (Murray), who only serves to complicate her life further. As Maggie works on clearing her name and reputation, she is forced to confront her painful past, as she attempts to reconnect with a side of herself she had long forgotten.
“The CW is a place where strong, character-driven family dramas shine and we couldn’t have asked for a better home for SULLIVAN’S CROSSING,” said Lisa Honig, EVP Distribution North America, Fremantle. “We are thrilled to continue a strong partnership with them, especially around a series as genuine, compassionate and entertaining as this.”
Robyn Carr, author of the Sullivan’s Crossing book series, said, “It’s a pleasure to be working once again with executive producer and showrunner Roma Roth to bring yet another one of my novel series to life on the small screen. Scott Patterson is the ideal actor to play Sully Sullivan and both Morgan Kohan and Chad Michael Murray are the perfect fit as Maggie Sullivan and Cal Jones.”
From executive producers Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry, the team behind the hit series “Virgin River,” SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is executive produced by Reel World Management in association with CTV and Fremantle with Roth also acting as showrunner. Mike Volpe and Mark Gingras serve as producers. For Fremantle, Michela Di Mondo and Hilary Martin are executive producing. SULLIVAN’S CROSSING is distributed internationally by Fremantle. The deal was brokered by Fremantle’s Lisa Honig, EVP Distribution North America, and The CW’s Kevin Levy, EVP Programming Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions.
About The CW Network
The CW Network, LLC is one of America’s major broadcast networks and reaches 100% of US markets. The CW delivers 14 hours of primetime programming per week in addition to sports and other entertainment programming and is the exclusive broadcast home to LIV Golf. The fully ad-supported CW App, with over 92 million downloads to date, is available for free to consumers on all major platforms and is home to the latest episodes and seasons of The CW’s primetime programming, live streaming of its sports content, and a library of entertaining film and television content for on-demand viewing. The CW is 75%-owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST), a leading diversified media company and largest CW affiliate group with 37 CW and CW Plus affiliates, covering 32% of the population. For more information about The CW, please visit www.cwtv.com.
Fremantle is one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of Entertainment, Drama & Film and Documentaries.
Operating in 27 territories we are a proudly independent group of content creators. We produce and deliver high-quality multi-genre IP including some of the biggest entertainment formats, most watched international dramas, award winning films and hard-hitting documentaries, amplifying local stories on a global scale.
From Idols to The Mosquito Coast, The Price is Right to The Hand of God, The Farmer Wants A Wife to Arctic Drift, Family Feud to My Brilliant Friend and Bones & All to Planet Sex our focus is simple – we create and deliver irresistible entertainment.
We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment with more than 470 million fans across 2,000 social channels and over 34 billion views per year across all platforms.
Fremantle is part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.
For more information, please visit www.fremantle.com, follow us on Twitter @FremantleHQ and Instagram @fremantle or visit our LinkedIn page.
About Reel World Management
L.A. and Canadian based, Reel World Management, along with its President, Roma Roth, and COO, Christopher E. Perry, distribute and produce quality content for film and television. Their extensive credits include producing and distributing over 75 made for TV movies, as well as developing and Executive Producing the hit Netflix Original series, VIRGIN RIVER, which took the #1 position on Netflix in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K and has maintained its position as one of Netflix’s top 10 shows for the past four seasons. RWM specializes in collaborating with bestselling authors to adapt their IP for the screen. Roth and Perry jointly oversee production and distribution for the company. Roth is also an established screenwriter and director and is a member of the WGA, WGC, DGC, Canadian Media Producers Association as well as the Producers Guild of America, and the Television Academy. For more information, please visit MyReelWorld.com
For The CW:
Beth Feldman, 646/563-8334
Rob Moynihan, 760/519-5543
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