Two lovers' worlds will collide, culminating in a powerful and compelling story of sex, love, loyalty, marriage and treachery in the provocative, sensual and gripping new drama, "Betrayal."
A chance meeting between Sara Hanley (Hannah Ware), a professional photographer, and Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend), a top attorney, leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sara's husband, Drew Stafford (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, and the couple have a seven-year-old, Oliver. Unbeknownst to Sara, Jack is in-house counsel to a powerful but somewhat shady entrepreneur, Thatcher Karsten (James Cromwell), and is married to Thatcher's daughter, Elaine (Wendy Moniz). Elaine, secure in her relationship with Jack, is a smart, determined woman attempting to make her Chicago café a success on her own terms, as well as be a good mother to the couples' 16-year-old twins, Valerie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and Victor (Braeden Lemasters). However Sara and Jack both realize something is missing in their marriages, and fight against the realization that they've met their soul mates in one another.
As Sara and Jack struggle with their feelings and their guilt about their families, Thatcher's brother-in-law, Lou, is murdered, and all evidence points to Thatcher's mentally challenged son, T.J. (Henry Thomas). Sara discovers she's in the middle of a nightmare when she learns that Drew will be the prosecuting attorney in this high-profile murder case, which can secure his political future, and that Jack will be the lawyer for the defense. The lovers find themselves in an impossible situation – on opposite sides of a murder investigation.
"Betrayal" stars Hannah Ware ("Shame," "Boss") as Sara Hadley, Henry Thomas ("E.T.," "Gangs of New York") as T.J. Karsten, Chris Johnson ("The Vampire Diaries") as Drew Stafford, Wendy Moniz ("Guiding Light," "The Guardian") as Elaine McAllister, Elizabeth McLaughlin ("The Clique") as Valerie McAllister, Braeden Lemasters ("Men of a Certain Age") as Victor McAllister, with Stuart Townsend ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen") as Jack McAllister and James Cromwell ("Babe," "American Horror Story") as Thatcher Karsten.
"Betrayal," based on the hit Dutch series "Overspel," was written by David Zabel ("ER," "Detroit 1-8-7") and directed by Patty Jenkins ("The Killing," "Monster"), and is executive-produced by Zabel, Lisa Zwerling ("ER," "FlashForward"), Alon Aranya ("Red Widow") and Rob Golenberg ("Red Widow"). "Betrayal" is produced by ABC Studios and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound.
DAVID ZABEL, Executive Producer
David Zabel wrote for the NBC medical series "ER" for the last eight years of its historic run, which ended in 2009, serving the last five as showrunner. He wrote over 45 episodes of the program and was a recipient of a 2008 Humanitas Prize for an episode that focused on the tragedy in Darfur. Subsequently Zabel was showrunner and executive producer of ABC's 2010-11 police series, "Detroit 1-8-7." He has written for such other shows as "Dark Angel," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "JAG," as well as directing episodes of "ER" and "Detroit 1-8-7." Zabel is an executive producer and showrunner of ABC's "Lucky 7."
LISA ZWERLING, Executive Producer
Lisa Zwerling began her television career on NBC's award-winning" ER," where she wrote for six seasons. Since "ER," she has written and produced numerous other series, including "FlashForward" and "Awake."
ALON ARANYA, Executive Producer
Writer and producer Alon Aranya has set up more than a dozen drama shows at studios and networks in the past few years with his producing partner, Rob Golenberg, under their banner, Scripted World. Aranya has enjoyed multiple successes in the last couple of years, including being an executive producer of NBC's "Midnight Sun" ("Pillars of Smoke") and ABC's "Red Widow" ("Penoza"). He also wrote the U.S. adaptation of "Hostages" at Warner Bros., which CBS picked up as a series.
ROB GOLENBERG, Executive Producer
Rob Golenberg graduated Wharton School of Business and, after a brief stint as an M&A executive on Wall Street, decided to pursue his love of television and began his career at Triad Artists. After spending a decade as an agent at Paradigm and William Morris, he decided to follow Mike Ovitz in his new venture at the time, AMG. AMG closed its doors soon after, and Golenberg returned to being an agent at The Gersh Agency, where he ran the television department for nine years. After setting up three major pilots, two of which became series (ABC's "Red Widow" and NBC's "Hostages"), he decided to team up with his client, writer/producer Alon Aranya, and start Scripted World, whose focus is on producing television as well as management. Golenberg continues to represent his long time clients, including Scott Williams ("NCIS"), Ron Hart and John Beck ("According to Jim," "Liv & Maddie"), Ron Bass, Melissa Carter and Charlie Craig, among others.