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Red Widow

Red Widow TV showNetwork: ABC
Episodes: Eight (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: March 3, 2013 — May 5, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.

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TV show description:
Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) is a stay-at-home mom just north of San Francisco and seems to have an idyllic life. She’s devoted to her husband Evan and their three children; Natalie (Erin Moriarty), Gabriel (Sterling Beaumon), and Boris (Jakob Salvati). Behind this perfect façade however, is a more complicated story. Evan supports the family by exporting marijuana.

Marta is no stranger to the world of organized crime. Her father, Andrei Petrov (Rade Serbedzija), and his loyal bodyguard, Luther (Luke Goss), are Bratva — Russian gangsters — in the City by the Bay. It’s a world that Marta and her sister Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) always wanted to escape, though they never quite did.

When Evan is brutally murdered in their driveway, everything changes. Marta’s first concern is to protect her children. Yet when FBI Agent James Ramos (Clifton Collins Jr.) promises Marta justice in exchange for her cooperation, she refuses his help because she can’t go against the Bratva code.

Slowly, the truth about her husband’s murder begins to emerge. Evan’s business partners -– Marta’s scheming brother, Irwin Petrov (Wil Traval), and their best friend, hapless Mike Tomlin (Lee Tergesen) — were involved in the theft of millions of dollars of cocaine from Nicholae Schiller (Goran Visnjic), a handsome and formidable international crime boss.

Evan paid with his life, but as far as Schiller is concerned, his debt is not clear. It falls to Marta, Evan’s widow, to navigate the criminal underworld in order to repay this debt -– in whatever way Schiller sees fit.

Hounded by both the FBI and by Schiller, while also trying to raise three grieving kids alone, Marta discovers a tenacity she never knew she had. As she hunts for the truth about her husband’s death and struggles to keep her children safe, she relies on her resourcefulness, determination and her Bratva DNA like never before.

How far is Marta willing to go in order to beat her adversaries at their own deadly game?
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Series Finale

Episode #May 5, 2013 — The Hit
J.J. Johns is the creepy guy who is buying the guns in the deal going down at the docks. Andrei knows that Marta needs someone to blame for Schiller’s death if she kills him. J.J. Johns will do nicely in what will look like a business deal gone wrong. Marta needs Alexandra on her side. The crime lady wants in on Schiller’s turf, but that’s not going to happen if he has anything to say about it. That’s why Alexandra is open to Marta’s plan to take out Schiller. She’ll get the guns, money and Schiller’s business. Of course, it would be very bad for Marta if she fails in her mission.

After spending the night with Kat, James overhears Irwin rambling about the gun deal. This isn’t something he can un-hear. Nevertheless, the gun deal is going forward. Marta needs help from Irwin. After the deal is done, she wants him to disappear. Kat is also helping out during the exchange. It’s her job to keep up normal appearances with the charter business. Luther gives Marta a crash course on how to kill Schiller during the exchange. He tells her to think of all the reasons why this must work. Marta is ready.

Natalie finds the gun Gabriel was planning to use to kill the man who killed their father. She tells him this isn’t something he needs to do. Their grandfather has assured her that he will take care of Schiller. Marta’s mom, Elena, believes she’s getting back together with Andrei now that Felicity is dead. That’s not going to happen. Andrei wants nothing to do with his ex-wife. This has Elena revealing a secret. Her father overheard Marta and Evan talking about how they were going away forever. That’s something Andrei would never let happen.

Marta refuses to believe that her own father would kill her husband. She shows her mother Patrick’s dead body. The boots match those that Boris saw. Marta then realizes they aren’t Patrick’s boots. They’ve been placed on his dead body to make it look like they were his. The boots actually belong to Luther. If Marta goes through with her plan to kill Schiller, her father gets rewarded for killing her husband. What Marta doesn’t know is that Alexandra is teaming up with J.J. Johns to kill her after she guns down Schiller. Thanks to a wiretap, James overhears the entire plan.

Marta finds out about Alexandra’s plan from James. She reveals to the details to Schiller while also telling her about her original plan to kill him. She also lets him know that her father killed her husband. Elsewhere, Luther tells Andrei that he’s leaving him after the exchange. This gives Irwin an opening to convince his dad to trust him for a plan to go to the gun exchange together. This way Andrei can negotiate with Alexandra himself. As for Marta, she’s furious with Luther for killing Evan. She doesn’t want him at the gun exchange.

The deal is going down, though not as everyone expects. J.J. Johns sees Andrei walk into the exchange area. Both men are looking for Schiller, who is actually at Alexandra’s hotel room. Her security detail is nowhere to be found. At the dock, J.J. Johns realizes this is a setup. Andrei shoots him dead. Marta grabs a key from the criminal’s pocket. Another gunman takes aim at her, but Luther takes the bullet. He dies as the FBI raids the place. Back at the hotel, Schiller confronts Alexandra about her plan to kill him. Then she shoots her dead.

Andrei is placed under arrest. Marta confronts her father about all that he’s done. She lets him know that she hopes he burns in hell. Andrei is taken away in the back of a police car. James is commended for taking down the head of the Petrov crime family. The feds got the guns, but not the money. That’s because Marta swiped the storage unit key where the id=”mce_marker”1 million is being kept. She turns it over to Schiller, who lets her know that their business together is done. Marta is free and clear.

Natalie notices that her mom seems happy as she makes pancakes for the family. She’s shocked to learn that Schiller isn’t dead. Marta tells her not to worry about him. That’s not something her daughter is able to accept. Natalie skips out of the house. She waits outside Schiller’s building to pull a gun on him as he exits. Natalie says, “You killed my father.” She takes aim at Schiller unaware that one of his men is standing in the background with a gun pointed at her, too.
First aired: May 5, 2013

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Pamela May 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love Red Widow. Please do not cancel this program and leave us hanging.

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Gloria May 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

Sorry ….I spelled Petrov with l…hit wrong key

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Gloria May 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

Great show …
Please keep it going there are soooo many twists / plots that you can create with the season 1 finale. We WANT to know more…. Do the petrol siblings carry on the fathers business…. Do Marta and Nicolie connect romantically…… Do Alexandra’s people come after them….
Really an intriguing show…. And the acting is superb from all cast members.
You would be crazy to cancel this show….. BIG MISTAKE.
Please don’t make one.
Thanks

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joyce May 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

sorry you cancelled the show…really enjoyed all 8. especially the sexual tension between Marta and Schiller.

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Louis Long May 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Change the time slot or day and you will have a hit.

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Louis Long May 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I’m pissed you cancelled the show. Radha, was great in her role and I was looking forward to the next season. Why did you cancel the show. You have a bunch of crap that you keep and and when you get something good like this you cancel it. Your program director should be fired. I’m usually right about new shows and I would have been right about this one. Hope you have the sense to put her in another role, because she attracts with her acting and her looks are great.

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Michael Hunter May 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Please…Please….Please don’t cancel Red Widow. My friends and I love this series. It’s probably the best one on TV to date. It’s riveting, exciting, full of mystery and suspense. It has wonderful actors, and writers, …and it’s unique. Advertise it more and you’ll have a real hit on your hands.

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tom May 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Bring back the Red Widow…. most unique storeline ever on tv; great actors, rivoting perfomances. This was the best show on tv since Friday Night Lights.
please re-consider your decision to cancel… bring it back!!!!!
Thanks!
-Tom

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Florenve May 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

I loved the Red Widow first Season
. I watched every episode. So we have a “mom” who is the perfect homemaker that is becoming someone she does not recognize because she loves her family. Remember Breaking Bad… this to me is the female version that I want to see. The chemistry of the characters , especially between Marta and Schilller is great and so is the unusual story line. The personalities of each of the cast shows them flawed, vulnerable, and real….like life. Maybe we don’t become mobsters, but I sure love watching it happen on screen. The season finale left too many unanswered questions. This adult show is entertaining and deserves at least one more season if not more. Please bring it back> I am watching and hoping that Red Widow will be picked by some network, if not ABC. then maybe one of the cable stations. So once again, reconsider the cancellation and rewew.

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David Ray May 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

With so much garbage on and touted to be great, it amazes me that ABC can’t see a winner when they have one…….

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DP May 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I think this show had great potential. It was advertised a lot before the show started, but barely at all after. I also think 10pm on a Sunday night deterred many viewers.
I finally had a show for my husband and I to watch together since The Sopranos.
Shame.

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Anonymous May 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

great show!

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Diana May 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

Loved this show why cancel superb acting

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K May 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I can’t believe this show is cancelled!

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JD May 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

I agree- original plot, strong female lead, CHEMISTRY between the male and female leads…..

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