Quantico is an American television thriller series created by Joshua Safran which premiered on ABC on September 27, 2015. The protagonist of the series is Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), who is suspected of committing a terrorist attack. Flashbacks tell her story and the stories of her fellow recruits at the FBI Academy in Quantico. ABC picked up the show for a full season with subsequent orders in October and November to a total of 22 episodes. On March 3, 2016, ABC renewed Quantico for a second season.
The series follows a group of young FBI recruits; each has a specific reason for joining. Flashbacks detail their previous lives, while the recruits battle their way through training at the academy in Quantico, Virginia. However, the series reveals in a flash forward twist that one of the recruits, upon graduating from the academy, will be suspected of masterminding the biggest terror attack on New York City since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Cast and characters
- Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, a promising FBI agent who becomes a prime suspect in a terrorist attack. Framed, she goes into hiding to track down those responsible and clear her name.
- Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor, a seasoned FBI agent who had a fling with Miranda Shaw, demoted to work at the FBI academy.
- Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, an undercover FBI agent who was tasked to surveil Alex, but fell in love with her instead.
- Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, director of the training program at Quantico and Alex's mentor. She refuses to believe that Alex is guilty.
- Yasmine Al Masri as Nimah and Raina Amin, twins brought into the program by Miranda, who masquerade as one person under Nimah's name. The aggressive and secular Nimah desperately wants to be a special agent but is not quite up to the physical and mental challenge, while the more religious Raina is better suited to the role, but only entered training because Nimah wanted it so much.
- Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Alex's best friend and an excellent shot. She is rather wealthy and her family owns a couple of corporations. Shelby's parents were both killed on 9/11, leading her to join the FBI to try to stop terrorist attacks in the future.
- Tate Ellington as Simon Asher. He is Jewish and has a fascination with Nimah, who discovers that he spent part of his life in Gaza. Simon was officially kicked out of Quantico, but is secretly a deep cover agent.
- Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas, who originally flunked out of the Academy as an agent, but brought back to train as an analyst, and then re-instated as an agent trainee again. Prior to the Grand Central Terminal Attack, Caleb was stationed as an analyst in San Diego, but requested a transfer to New York.
- Anabelle Acosta as Natalie Vasquez, Alex's former rival in academy standings and for Ryan's heart as well. In the events after the attack, she is shown to have become an FBI agent and is one of the agents hunting Alex down.
- Anna Khaja as Sita Parrish, Alex's mother.
- Anthony Ruivivar as Agent Jimenez.
- Brian J. Smith as Eric Packer, former FBI recruit trainee.
- Johnathon Schaech as Michael Parrish, Alex's father.
- Rick Cosnett as Elias Harper, an openly gay analyst trainee who seems interested in Simon both personally and professionally.
- Mark Pellegrino as Clayton Haas, former FBI Deputy Director and Caleb's father.
- J. Mallory McCree as Charlie, Miranda's son.
- David Alpay as Duncan Howell, a hacker who is part of the hacktivist group 'The Unknown'.
- Anna Diop as Mia, a hacker who along with Duncan is part of the group 'The Unknown'.
- Jacob Artist as Brandon Fletcher, a FBI recruit trainee.
- Oded Fehr as Griffin Wells, a skilled interrogator working for the HIG.
- Anne Heche as Dr Susan Langdon, a highly acclaimed forensic scientist who specializes in criminal profiling.
- Eliza Coupe as Hannah Wyland, a high level FBI agent who works at the field office in New York.
- Marcia Cross as Senator Claire Haas, a Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee and Caleb's mother.
- Jay Armstrong Johnson as Will Olsen, a former rocket scientist in the class above at Quantico, before becoming Caleb's roommate.
- Li Jun Li as Iris Chang, a former lawyer who is in the class above at Quantico, she becomes Shelby's roommate after the classes merge.
- Lenny Platt as Drew Perales, a former NFL player who is in the class above the rest of the trainees at Quantico, before they are merged together. Later in the events of Quantico, he becomes a romantic interest of Alex Parrish.
- Kelly Rutherford as Laura Wyatt, Shelby's mother.
- Kevin Kilner as Glenn Wyatt, Shelby's father.
The first season will conclude on May 15, 2016.
On September 17, 2014, ABC announced the network had bought the original concept for the drama series written by Joshua Safran and produced by Mark Gordon Company, described as Grey's Anatomy meets Homeland. ABC ordered the pilot on January 23, 2015 for the 2015–16 television season. The pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta and directed by Marc Munden. On May 7, 2015, ABC picked up the pilot to series with an order of 13 episodes. ABC picked up the show for a full season on October 13, 2015, with an additional six episodes, increasing the episode count to 19 and in November to 22 episodes. On March 3, 2016, ABC announced that Quantico had been renewed for a second season.
Casting advertisements began in February 2015. Tate Ellington was the first actor, cast as an FBI trainee on February 9, 2015. On February 9, Graham Rogers joined the series as another FBI trainee. On February 25, it was announced that Aunjanue Ellis would play the leading role of Miranda Shaw, the assistant director of the training academy; Ellis was cast in this role following the success of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, which also features an African American lead. Later, it was announced that Dougray Scott, initially cast as Ellis' character's former partner, had been re-cast as her subordinate. On February 25, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra landed the role of FBI trainee Alex Parrish, the series' young female lead. On March 3, it was announced that Jake McLaughlin would play Alex Parrish's love interest, while Johanna Braddy and Yasmine Al Massri were cast in the final co-starring roles.
After picking up the pilot, ABC began making casting changes. On May 19, 2015, it was announced that Dougray Scott, who played FBI Special Agent Liam O'Connor, had left the show and the role would be recast; Josh Hopkins replaced him in that role on July 17, 2015. On July 15, 2015, it was announced that Anabelle Acosta was cast for a multi-episode arc as a Quantico recruit and former cop. On July 20, 2015, Rick Cosnett signed on to play a recurring role as a gay former defense attorney and analyst recruit. On September 4, 2015, it was announced that Acosta had been promoted to series regular. On September 11, 2015, Jacob Artist was cast in the recurring role of a friendly and confident FBI Agent in Training, who is a former quarterback from a wealthy, prominent family. It was announced on November 6, 2015, that Marcia Cross was cast as Claire Haas, Caleb's mother and wife of FBI Deputy Director Clayton Haas, who is a high-ranking senator and now Vice Presidential candidate. It was also announced in November 2015 that three people were cast for recurring characters, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Lenny Platt, and Li Jun Li, to be added after the first seasons midseason break.
The pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta, with the series moving to film episodes after the pilot to Quebec, specifically the Montreal area in late summer 2015, using settings within downtown Montreal and Sherbrooke to stand in for New York and Quantico, respectively. Production of the first 13 episodes began on July 20, 2015 and ended on December 17, 2015.
Quantico has received positive reviews from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 83% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 54 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Obvious copycatting aside, Quantico provides ludicrously entertaining thrills from a well-balanced cast." On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 70 out of 100 based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Awards and nominations
Quantico was initially scheduled to air Tuesdays at 10:00 pm, but was moved to Sundays at 10:00 pm, due to Of Kings and Prophets being retooled. The show premiered on ABC on Sunday September 27, 2015. In Australia, the series premiered on the Seven Network on October 11, 2015. The series was acquired by Alibi in the UK.
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