New ABC drama The Gates fleshes out to what might appear as an Eureka for supernatural beings. It’s about Nick Mohohan, a cop who gives up his job in a major city to be the chief of police in a planned gated community. But there is more to the residents than meets the eye. There is a werewolf football linebacker (hello Teen Wolf), a vampire housewife desperate not to fit in and even two magical tea shops at war with each other. I foresee a busy 13 episodes for our dear chief of police as he tries to keep order in this supernatural mess.
Marisol Nichols (24, In Justice, Blind Justice) has been cast and is believed to be playing Nick’s wife, Sarah who relocates to the community looking for a fresh start not expecting anything out of the ordinary. Chief of Police Nick Monohan is played by Frank Grillo (Blind Justice, Prison Break). Is it only I that see the resemblance to sheriff Carter in Eureka? I love that show and it might be wishful thinking seeing this as some kind of supernatural Eureka?
I also imagine his family and kids having trouble fitting in at first. Travis Caldwell (Lately from Parenthood) play their teen son Charlie who quickly falls for a local girl Andie Bates played by Skyler Samuels (most famous for playing the snob on shows such as That So Raven, Wizards of Waverly Place and Drake and Josh). I wonder what kind of supernatural she is? A normal American teenager landing in a supernatural community can have all kinds of wonderful and entertaining plot possibilities. Andie’s boyfriend is a star linebacker for the football team who also happens to be a werewolf. Colton Haynes plays the bundle-of-joy-for-Charlie boyfriend Brett Crezski. I am pretty sure there is a jocks versus Charlie senario coming up. Justin Miles is on board as Brett’s best-friend Lukas Ford, a surfer dude who likewise is a werewolf.
We also have some interesting drama with the sexy beautiful proprietors of the towns two competing exotic-slash-magical tea shops. Peg Mueller who is believed to be played by Victoria Platt (she is known for Guiding Light, but she also played a uncredited brothel madam in the soon to be premiered supernatural western Jonah Hex) is the owner of the original shop but now her less-than-scrupulous pupil Devon played by Chandra West (She recently played Maggie Vega on my favorite non SciFi show Castle) sets up her own shop across the street.
Luke Mably (The Prince and Me) as Dylan Radcliff the mysterious owner of a bio-tech company. Am I wrong if I sense a villain here? Did I mention he’s a vampire?
His wife Claire is played by Rhona Mitra (SGU, Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal, The Practice) a vampire housewife not as keen on assimilating as her husband. I love her acting since The Practice. She is so hot.
The pilot expected to air this summer will be directed by Terry McDonough (“Breaking Bad”). Grant Scharbo and Richard Hatem co-wrote the pilot and are executive producing alongside Gina Matthews. Filming is set to begin in late March in Louisiana which should be about now. I expect the first photos to be out soon.
I must say I really look forward to this show, way to go ABC.
Sources: Vareity, The Hollywood Reporter, The Futon Critic, EW, IMDb.