Episodes: 10 (hour).
TV show dates: October 1, 2017 — January 6, 2018.
Series status: Ended.
Performers include: Kyra Sedgwick, Kick Gurry, Erika Christensen, Josh Randall, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Felix Solis, Francois Battiste, Abigail Pniowsky, Ali Liebert, Marisol Ramirez, Emily Kinney, Currie Graham, Beth Triffon, Ella Thomas, Ali Stroker, Nelson Lee, Mark L. Young, Jeff Branson, and Gage Golightly.
TV show description:
A character-driven mystery drama, the Ten Days in the Valley TV show centers on Jane Sadler (Sedgwick). As a mother and the producer of a new, hot television series, Jane already feels stretched to the breaking point. Now, as she is separating from her husband, Jane’s young daughter, Lake (Pniowsky), disappears in the middle of the night.
Jane originally made her bones in the business by producing an award-winning documentary which exposed the truth about the San Diego Police Department. Now, she’s putting her real-life experience to work in a barely fictional police drama centering on the Los Angeles force. As a single parent, balancing a demanding job with the needs of her child, feels insurmountable at times. When Lake goes missing, and Jane’s world crumbles, it is the L.A.P.D.’s Robbery-Homicide Division which investigates the girl’s disappearance.
From family and friends to co-workers — no one in Jane’s life is above suspicion. First there is Pete (Gurry), her ex Jane and Pete’s separation is nothing if not bitter. Although he’s a recovering heroin addict and his career as a music producer is somewhat erratic, Pete’s a charming man and is seeking joint custody of Lake.
Meanwhile, Jane’s half-sister, Ali (Christensen) has been struggling to conceive. She is married to Tom (Randall), a currently unemployed journalist who is determined to get his career on track. Because they have a complicated relationship, the otherwise practical Ali can’t help but question some of the choices her big sister makes.
The people in Jane’s life also include Beatriz (Ramirez) who works as Lake’s nanny. At work there is Jane’s assistant, Casey (Kinney), who deeply desires a mentor.
Jane also works with producer-director Henry Vega (Graham) whose standards can be intimidating. Then there’s script coordinator Mackenzie (Triffon), writer and researcher Tamara (Stroker), and the complex star of Jane’s series, Isabel (Thomas).
Although Jane thinks of her head writer as her right-hand man, Matt (Warner) feels like he never lives up to her lofty expectations. Still, he’s got issues of his own, not the least of which are his ambitions to produce his own series.
Jane is not without her own secrets. Her lover, Gus Tremblay (Battiste), is not only an undercover narcotics detective, he is also her clandestine source for the “fictional” premises behind the plotlines of her scripted TV series.
The LAPD’s Detective John Bird (Akinnuoye-Agbaje), is something of a nonconformist. He is heading up the case on Lake’s disappearance and works with the tenacious Nickole (Liebert). They report to Commander Elliot Gomez (Solis) who reigns over the LAPD Detective Bureau as if it were his own fiefdom. Because his elder brother is running for Attorney General, improving the public’s perception of the LAPD is the commander’s chief priority.
Rounding out this cast of characters are the easy-going Sheldon (Lee), a drug supplier who uses a well-known taco truck to launder his ill-gotten gains, and PJ (Young), the local drug dealer who just happens to be an aspiring writer.
Since everyone has their secrets, who can be trusted? Stay tuned.
Episode #10 — Day 10: Fade Out
Jane finds herself in immediate danger when the kidnapper’s identity is discovered. Bird’s investigation connects him to new evidence that leads to a shocking confrontation. Meanwhile, Ali reveals a secret to Pete; and Tom has to make a choice between family and his career
First aired: January 6, 2018
What do you think? Do you like the Ten Days in the Valley TV series? Should this TV show be ending? Should it have been renewed for a second season on ABC, with a new mystery?