Poppy Montgomery Crime Drama ‘Reef Break’ Ordered to Series at ABC

French co-production to premiere next summer

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ABC has given a straight-to-series order to the crime drama “Reef Break,” executive produced by and starring “Without a Trace” star Poppy Montgomery.

The hour-long drama will star Montgomery as Cat Chambers, a thief turned fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Described as “impulsive, reckless and irresistible,” Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced, high octane adventures and island intrigue.

The 13-episode series is based on an idea of Montgomery’s, with former “Numb3rs” showrunner Ken Sanzel attached to write and executive produce. It is slated to premiere next summer.

The series is a French-co-production and hails from ABC Studios and ABC Studios International in partnership with M6, where it will air in France.

“We’re thrilled to add this new series fronted by Poppy Montgomery to our Summer 2019 slate. It’s an exhilarating and suspenseful ride set against some of the most beautiful locations,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC.

“ABC Studios International is very excited to be in business with Poppy Montgomery and Ken Sanzel, the dream team behind this fantastic new series. We anticipate a series that will engage audiences around the world and are thrilled to work with our partners, M6 and ABC Network on this truly global initiative,” said Keli Lee, Managing Director, International Content, Platforms and Talent, ABC Studios International.