Co-creators Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness and the series’ stars introduce WGN America’s forthcoming crime drama, about a reporter, Daisy Channing (Elyse Levesque), who witnesses a murder and becomes embroiled in a wide-reaching conspiracy, in this exclusive first look at Shoot the Messenger.
In the vein of its film and TV forebears—the first that comes to mind is 2009’s underrated State of Play—the series combines elements of investigative journalism, detective work, and political corruption, along with the characters’ complicated personal lives. (Daisy’s sleeping with the lead detective working the case, played by Lyriq Bent. Did I not mention that yet?)
Despite the draw of Levesque’s ambitious, hard-drinking journo-heroine (and her two handsome love interests), the highlight for me is—no surprise—ER veteran Alex Kingston’s tough-as-nails newspaper editor banging on the glass and yelling, “Daisy, come in here!” I’d watch Kingston chew out an underling any day of the week.
Sutherland promises that “the story goes all kinds of crazy sideways” as the season proceeds. One can only hope.
Here’s the network’s synopsis of the series:
Shoot the Messenger follows Daisy Channing (Elyse Levesque), a young reporter trying to balance a messy personal life with a burgeoning career. Things begin to go sideways for Daisy when she witnesses a murder she thinks is gang related, only to find herself slowly drawn into an interconnected web of criminal and illicit sexual activity that reaches into the corridors of corporate and political power. It’s the kind of news story that will destroy lives, including those of her own family. With help from her editor Mary Foster (Alex Kingston), co-worker Simon Olenski (Lucas Bryant), and lead homicide detective Kevin Lutz (Lyriq Bent), Daisy uncovers a cover-up so scandalous it could bring down the government.
Shoot the Messenger premieres Monday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. on WGN America.