ABC show about refugees is timely, unique, producers say

“The Crossing” premieres April 2 on ABC.


PASADENA, Calif. – ABC is planning a show about time-traveling refugees with the title “The Junction.”

The show premieres April 2, is followed by “a large number of refugees from the war-torn country, who wash up on a beach, seeking asylum in a small American town,” ABC’s Senior Vice President of Communications Jori Arancio told the press at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Arancio explained the show, which stars Steve Zahn and Natalie Martinez, also has a sci-fi element in that the refugees are from the future.

Executive Producer Dan Dworkin said now is the right time for a show about a refugee crisis.

“With the refugee situation, there is a debate with the politics…There is a debate. I think that it is fertile. I think it’s good for a show to get people to talk like that,” Dworkin said.

Jay Beattie, who is also an executive producer of the show, added, “It is all about the journey of all those people, and the people in the city who are affected by this.”

Zahn plays the Sheriff of Jude Ellis, who is investigating the sudden influx of refugees.

“I thought it was a unique role that I had not previously played. I usually would not be on the list for a character like that, especially in a network. But as soon as I read the script and I talked with these guys, I realized that they were a little different, and I dug,” said Zahn, who has played goofier characters in films like “that Thing you Do!” and “Chicken Little.”

The show is located in the Port of Canaan, Oregon.

“When I read the pilot, I loved the pilot. I thought it was very interesting,” Zahn said. “It was very nice to have these scripts once per week and not to know [what will happen].”

Dworkin is confident that the pace of the show will attract viewers.

“…Every episode is to give people something that they want to come back and that the last episode is going to give them a whole range of things that made them want to come back for Season 2,” he said. “So we just hope that people latch on to, and if they do, I think it will get stuck.”

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