Friday, February 26, 2010

A&E Orders Sugarloaf, a Crime Drama Series Set in Rural Florida


In a press release yesterday, A&E Television announced the network had ordered 13 episodes of the original scripted crime drama series with the working title of Sugarloaf.

Matt Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, an attractive, brilliant, yet hard to get along with homicide detective from Chicago who after being wrongfully accused of sleeping with his former Captain's wife is forced into exile. Longworth relocates to Sugarloaf, a sleepy small resort town in the middle of nowhere on the Gulf Coast of Florida where the sunshine and golf are plentiful and crime is seemingly at a minimum. Yet life in Sugarloaf is not as beautiful as it may seem.

In the pilot episode, the easy life quickly falls by the wayside when a decapitated, unidentifiable woman is found in a creek, begrudgingly dragging Longworth off the golf course in pursuit of her killer. Complicating matters more is his relationship with Callie (played by Kiele Sanchez), a quick-witted, beautiful med student with a 12 year-old son and a husband in prison. With a Titleist sitting on the fourteenth fairway waiting for him to break eighty for the first time in his life, Longworth needles, cajoles, and harangues everyone in his path, including his golf partner and department medical examiner Carlos (Carlos Gómez), as he puzzles out the facts surrounding the mysterious killing to try and identify the victim and bring her killer to justice.

The pilot was filmed in Zephyrhills, a rural suburb of Tampa. Series production is expected to begin in Miami this spring for a summer 2010 premiere.

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  1. Zephyrhills is considered "rural"? Ha ha that's the big city compared to the middle of nowhere Fl I live in. Can you say suburb of Podunk? This should be a good one!

  2. It's all a matter of perspective, I suppose! I have family in Zephyrhills and it seems a bit rural to me, but I do take your point that there are far smaller and more remote towns in Florida. And I agree, it ought to be a good series.


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