Tom McCarthy played a major role in two very different projects focusing on the craft of print journalism: first as a cast member in the HBO drama series Threadand, years later, as writer and director of the 2015 Best Picture winner, Projector. Although the two projects were radically different in their treatment of the profession, both centered on complicated characters doing what they thought was best, either for themselves or as victims of a widespread conspiracy. And now McCarthy will have another chance to take on the world of daily newspapers with new drama series, Alaska Daily.
The ABC show starring Hilary Swank as a reporter with a dodgy past trying to make a fresh start will be out before you know it, and will see McCarthy again continue her story of tackling issues within the industry of the press. In case you haven’t heard too much about the show set to premiere on the Fall 2022 TV schedule, don’t worry because we’re about to go over a few things we know about the series so far…
Alaska Daily airs October 6 on ABC
When the ABC 2022 Fall schedule was released earlier in the year, it had a ton of great returning shows as well as newcomers to the network. One of these new shows was Alaska Daily (working title was Alaska), the premiere of which is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, and will close the scripted programming of the evening (Post 19 and Grey’s Anatomy precede it).
those without access to cable, Internet TV services or over-the-air antennas are out of luck, as anyone with a Hulu subscription will be able to watch Alaska Daily on the streaming service the day after it premiered on ABC.
The cast of Alaska Daily is led by Hilary Swank
lead the Alaska Daily The cast is Hilary Swank, who stars as Eileen Fitzgerald, the talented, award-winning investigative journalist who travels the frozen landscape of Anchorage in the upcoming drama series.
Other cast members include Jeff Perry (Scandal) like Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy (Gorgeous Drop Dead) like Bob Young, Meredith Holzmann (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) as Claire Muncy, grace dove (The ghost) as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco (Scream Queens) as Gabriel Tovar, Friend Park (It’s us) like Yuna Park, and Craig Frank (Silicon Valley) as Austin Teague, ABC reported.
The series centers on an investigative reporter as she begins a new life in Anchorage, Alaska.
When Alaska Daily hits the airwaves (and airs the next day) in October, it will center on Hilary Swank’s Eileen Fitzgerald, as the investigative journalist falls from grace and leaves her New York life behind to make a fresh start working for a daily Anchorage newspaper. While there, Eileen will find a way to redeem her professional and personal life during an ongoing investigation into the death of an Alaska Native, which could very well be a homicide.
When you speak with TV Guide (via TV Insider) before the Alaska Daily first, show creator Tom McCarthy revealed he was inspired by a series of investigative reports on Alaska Native communities in the Anchorage Daily that ran from 2019 to 2020 .
The Daily Alaska Pilot was written and directed by show creator Tom McCarthy
In addition to creating Alaska Daily and serving as one of the show’s executive producers, Tom McCarthy also wrote and directed the pilot episode, ABC reported. Throughout her career, McCarthy has won an Oscar for her screenplay. Projector and was nominated for writing the screenplay for the 2009 Pixar film At the topwhich means we have him to thank for that heartbreaking opening segment.
It also won’t be McCarthy’s first time writing or directing on the small screen, as the acclaimed filmmaker has worked on shows like 13 reasons why and The loudest voice in the old days. McCarthy was also the director of the original game of thrones pilot, which was canned and remade after show creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff were unhappy with the results.
It is unknown if McCarthy wrote or directed any additional episodes of Alaska Daily or who will also sit in the director’s chair throughout the show’s first season.
Peter Elkoff is the daily showrunner of Alaska
Brought back to keep Alaska Daily on ABC is Peter Elkoff, who was announced as one of the executive producers and showrunner earlier this year. Elkoff, who recently served as co-showrunner and executive producer of the Fox medical drama, the residentbrings with him years of experience working on TV sets as well as some work in the film world.
Throughout his career, Elkoff has worked on a wide variety of shows that includes everything from Sons of Anarchy at Gossip Girl (the original series) and Ugly Betty at heroes reborn, and more. When Alaska Daily lands on Hulu the day after its ABC debut, it will be the second Elkoff-produced show to hit the platform, the first being the Hugh Laurie-directed drama, Chancewho raced there for two seasons from 2016.
Alaska’s daily teaser offers insight into the show’s central mystery
In August 2022, ABC released the Alaska Daily trailer that offers insight into the series’ central mystery, while not giving too much away of the story that will begin to unfold during its debut. Clocking in at exactly 30 seconds, the trailer shows Hilary Swank’s Eileen Fitzgerald as she learns more about the mysterious string of disappearances by joining the show’s daily life team.
After watching the video, it’s easy to pick up on some of the show’s themes, especially when Jeff Perry’s Stanley Cornik begins to deliver a speech on the merits of journalism and the responsibility of professionals. It plays out almost like a combination of McCarthy’s experiments with Thread and Projector.
Alaska Daily is set to air Thursday, October 6 on ABC. If you’re looking for a way to pass the time until then, why not watch some of the best journalism movies while you wait for the series to debut.