This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney. I received an all-expense paid trip from Disney so that I could gather and share this information about The Catch on ABC. However, the experiences and opinions are always 100% my own as this post is written by me in its entirety.
As a Mama I don’t get much time for myself, much less TV. But there are a few shows that have caught my eye like Scandal. Although I don’t always have the chance to watch it when it airs, I certainly record it on the DVR to watch it while folding laundry. Recently I was introduced to a new show on ABC called The Catch – and it certainly caught my eye. And when something catches my eye I end up binge watching – because who needs sleep anyway – until I get caught up. It happened with Scandal, which had already been like into the season 5, and it just happened with The Catch. Fortunately The Catch on ABC only recently premiered season 2 so I didn’t lose too much sleep – but it was all worth it.
The Catch on ABC
So why has The Catch caught my eye? Besides having a B.S. & M.S. in Criminal Justice and loving most shows that center around that topic, it’s the characters that have me wrapped around their fingers really. Shonda Rhimes really has an eye for creating great TV (Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal), and she’s done it again as Executive Producer for The Catch on ABC. Add to that the talents of Showrunner and Executive Producer Allan Heinberg (formerly of Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal just to name a few) and you’ve got a sure fire hit! So what’s it all about you ask? Are the kids in bed? Good…allow me to let you see a little bit of it for yourself…
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Allan Heinberg, this thriller centers on the strong, successful Alice Vaughn. She is LA’s top private investigator — and the one woman you don’t want to mess with. But when her fiance cons her out of millions and disappears, Alice goes on a private mission for payback.
Watch this sneak peek from The Catch Episode 3 ‘The Dining Hall’ starring Sonya Walger and Jay Hayden on ABC THURSDAYS 10|9c. #TGIT
What did you think of that clip? Want to see the rest of it? Easy, you can catch The Catch Episode 3 “The Dining Hall” airing tonight March 23rd at 10pm EST on ABC. In season 2 Alice discovers some very hard truths about her brother Tommy and Val is forced to dig into her past in order to help with his case. Meanwhile, relationships are tested as Margot and the AVI team have to navigate their current realities, and Ben and Rhys’ latest con may turn out to be a little too risky.
Allow me to introduce you to Showrunner & Executive Producer Allan Heinberg and Sonya Walger who plays Margot (She’s totally awesome!) If you haven’t seen Season 1 yet, please note this interview contains SPOILERS.
The meaning being the title The Catch…
Allan: Before I came onboard, a version of the show already existed and it was a reference to Alice catching Ben. That was her drive. But for me it was about love, like, you can’t have it all, like there’s always gonna be a catch. The guy you fall in love with who turns out to be your soulmate – it’s also the guy who stole all of your money and is a career criminal. So, like, in love, it’s never the whole fantasy. There’s always something pulling you back down to Earth. I think a lot of us look at love as an escape from our daily lives. And The Catch is that, what real love is, something less romantic and a lot harder to achieve. And so that’s the way we’ve been proceeding – there’s always a catch with these relationships and how do you work it through?
Alice and Margot are clearly on opposite sides of the playing field, but are they really so different?
Sonia: I think what’s really fun is that Alice and Margot discover they have perhaps more in common than they thought. There’s a sort of begrudging mutual respect while still there’s a lot of wariness because Margot is Margot. So you wanna be careful of that. But I think that was one of the things, those beautiful therapy scenes that Allan wrote us in season one. What I think was so lovely there was that Margot had this moment of realizing they were both betrayed by the same guy.
They actually have all this common ground and that moves into season two where they realize they’re both strong, empowered, intelligent women who can go toe-to-toe. Neither one is gonna stand down. When they realize neither one is gonna stand down, then they have to kind of work together. I love the relationship. I obviously just love doing scenes with Mireille.
Bringing on Allan really made The Catch what it is…
The banter between the cast is so much fun – it reminds me of the banter in my own home. With such an amazing cast, Allan has a great time having that banter written for them. When Allan was brought on he took The Catch in a whole new direction. Initially when the original pilot was shot – Alice was a forensic accountant and everybody played different characters. In fact, Sonya (Margot) and Peter Krause (Ben) weren’t part of the cast. So the show was recast with them, and a camera test was done. So that was all the footage that had been shot and they were just about to shoot Peter and Sonya into that existing script. That’s when the network realized they couldn’t figure out what the show was – based on the scripts that came after. In stepped Allan with his magic wand and created what we see now on The Catch!
I think the biggest change that I made was to give Peter’s character a point of view. If you’d seen the original pilot, you’re in Mireille’s head the entire time. You have no idea what Peter’s thinking or why he’s doing what he’s doing. So the big change was act two of that original pilot is all from Peter’s point of view. So you fall in love with him; you understand that he’s in love with her, it really is a duet in that sense. – Allan Heinberg
And I knew we had to reinvent the show completely in this second season. Sseason two, we’ve gotta spin everything around, and if we are lucky enough to get a season three, we’re gonna do it again. Like, it’s gonna be a completely- same characters you love, but new dynamics because I think what happens in TV, and you know this as longtime TV watchers, you get into the same character cycle. We work really hard on The Catch to always keep spinning the dynamic a little bit, and what two characters have never had a scene together? Let’s try to figure out how to do that and, that’s how the season started this season. I really wanted more Margot and Alice, like, what happens when Margot walks in the AVI for the first time. I wanna watch that show, and then Margo ends up hiring the person she was trying to kill seventy-two hours ago. So yeah, we’re lucky in that we get to reinvent this show every, every ten episodes which is really fun.
Bringing experience and inspiration from hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal…
Allan: I had been on Scandal when I got this job, and Grey’s Anatomy before Scandal, so I’d been in Shondaland for about ten years. I had a real sense of what I would wanna see if I were watching Thursday nights, and I knew that murder is pretty dark for me, so I knew I wanted a sort of lighter, more fun, sexy, and fashion forward outlook. I worked on Sex in the City and I miss that, I miss smart people talking smartly to each other, wearing amazing clothes, and talking about real love issues like how relationships really work.
No Lost references yet, but…if Sonya gets here way there will be some soon!
We referenced the Thomas Crown Affair in the pilot; we referenced Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise in episodes two, three, and four with the princess who comes in, and Ben befriends her. That’s all a steal from Trouble in Paradise which is one of the best movies ever made if you get a chance to see it. I’m a pop culture junkie, so I try to put as many Easter eggs as possible. I was a huge Happy Endings fan, and so as Zach Knighton came on at the end of last season. John Simms came on because I’m a huge fan of John Simms, so pulling in as much of that stuff as possible, as well.
Fans love Gina Torres and Mum – will we be seeing more of them?
Gina’s in every episode of season 2 and a great addition to the cast. Papa loves watching Suits and I’d watch with him from time to time and fell in love with her back then. So I was definitely excited to see her pop up on The Catch. Allan says Mum will be back. She’s truly my absolute favorite, you get to meet her in season 1 episode 9 and she’s absolutely the best.
The Women vs. The Men
The guys are starting to feel a little outnumbered considering how many amazing strong female leads there are. Fortunately for Peter, the character of Rhys was brought on full time and now he feels a little better with a partner. Which is similiar to how it was on Grey’s Anatomy for a little while too, and probably even Scandal.
How have the characters evolved since the beginning?
Allan: What’s interesting on the show is that the heroes and villains are sort of clearly drawn at the front of it. He’s a bad guy who took all her money. She’s someone who was victimized because she fell in love. Then it shifts so quickly so that even someone like Margot Bishop who kills people for a living- by her own admission, becomes someone you actually feel for, and root for.
You really have no idea when you start the degree to which it can grow and change, and it has everything to do with your cast. – Allan Heinberg
That was sort of the beauty of when Sonya and I met. I got the job and then I met with all the actors one by one, and I said, congratulations, you have a new showrunner, and a new character to play- I hope you like it. Everybody was great. Sonya was especially great because she got it immediately, and pitched me in that first lunch, she said, what if the way that Alice and Margot finally meet is that Margo is pretending to be Alice’s therapist? And I was like, I don’t know how to do that right now, but that is the best idea I’ve ever heard.
It’s a rare and great thing to work with somebody as collaborative as Allan which is part of why the characters do evolve and change. – Sonya Walger
Margot’s role is interesting because she’s barely in the pilot. She’s got like two scenes and I told her you just have to trust me on this- this becomes your story. Your family becomes, like, a huge part of what this is. The benefactor is gonna be either your mother or your brother, and trust me, it will develop, and I don’t know if she believed me, but she pretended to. And sure enough by episode two, three, four, you just start to see it shift and grow. It really in some ways becomes as much Margot’s show as anybody’s show.
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