Jon Cassar is heading to Wicked City. The veteran TV director has joined ABC’s Los Angeles set 1980s period drama as director and executive producer, TVWise has learned.
Cassar is a respected veteran of the industry who served as director/executive producer on the first seven seasons of 24 and the recent revival series 24: Live Another Day. Notably, he served in the same capacity on Fox’s short-lived big-budget series Terra Nova. His other credits include Continuum, The Kennedys, Touch and, most recently, he directed the opening block of the Netflix/CityTV original series Between.
Set to premiere on Tuesday October 27th, Wicked City is described as a character driven “true crime” procedural that explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in Los Angeles history. The first season is set in the 1980s and will follow two LAPD detectives as they search for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial-killing team. The cast includes Ed Westwick, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna, Karolina Wydra, Anne Winters and Erika Christensen.
Jon Cassar will be executive producing the ABC Studios drama alongside series creator Steve Baigelman, as well as Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. The series is also undergoing some creative tweaks with Adam Rothenberg, Holley Fain and Darrell Britt-Gibson having exited, with ABC looking to re-cast all three roles following the pilot.