After the immediate success of ABC's Lost
and Desperate Housewives
, the networks thought that viewers wanted to see more serial dramas. That didn't work out very well.
centers around the sudden disappearance of Sara Collins (Joanne Kelly), a teacher and the wife of Senator Jeffery Collins (John Allen Nelson). Once the FBI gets involved, the secrets of Sara and those around her start to come spewing out and many have possible motives including her husband's political enemies, son Max (John Patrick Amedori), and daughter Marcy (Margarita Levieva).
FBI Agents Graham Kelton (Gale Harold) and Lin Mei (Ming-Na) lead the investigation of Sara's disappearance. Before Kelton can tell what he's uncovered, he's murdered and Agent Daniel Lucas (Eddie Cibrian), takes over the case. Other performers in the series include Rebecca Gayheart, Christopher Egan, Esai Morales, Leslie Odom Jr., Penelope Ann Miller, Joseph C. Phillips, Jeff Michael, Christopher Cousins, Josh Hopkins, David Berman, Robert Hoffman, and Robin Pearson Rose.
As the freshman drama began to fail, writers on Vanished
were told to wrap up the abduction story in 13 episodes. The final installment, "Hot Springs", wasn't shown in primetime and was only released online. Some of the audience found it, most didn't. Because there were so many other continuing storylines in Vanished
, few viewers who did see it felt very satisfied. Last season, there was talk of revisiting the case for an episode of Bones
but this idea seems to have been derailed by the writers strike.