What do you do when you discover that the life you have been living is a lie? If you are Carter Stevens, you try to figure out who you really are. ‘Finding Carter,’ a new family drama premiering on July 8, explores child abduction — a first for MTV. Is the subject line too dark or will it draw viewers in?
MTV’s new series Finding Carter is unlike any show MTV has introduced in the past. The show explores child abduction and the emotional toll it has on one family. The drama is set to be the latest teenage hit, among MTV’s other successes, but is the show too dark for its audience? Keep reading for our review of Finding Carter.
‘Finding Carter': Unexpected Series For MTV
Finding Carter is unconventional for MTV, however, the network does a great job taking on an emotionally charged topic and turning it into a show that is sure to catch viewers’ attention.
MTV is known for its reality shows, however, in the past the network has produced shows like Awkward and Faking It, which may put the network on an equal playing field with ABC Family that has brought viewers family dramas like The Fosters and Switched At Birth, and of course, the mega-successful Pretty Little Liars, which has proven to be a hit with its dark story lines.
We’re big fans of PLL, and we also like the direction MTV has chosen for Finding Carter.
‘Finding Carter': The Series Premiere
Finding Carter, which comes from executive producer Terri Minsky (creator of Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire) and screenwriter Emily Silver (Bones), centers on Carter (Kathryn Prescott), a teenager who appears to have the perfect life — until she discovers that her mother, Lori (Milena Govich) is not her birth mom. She was abducted when she was a toddler.
Carter returns to the family who thought they had lost their daughter for good, while trying to find Lori, before police arrest her.
Within the first 15 minutes of the episode, Carter learns about her new family — she has a twin sister (Anna Jacoby-Heron), a younger brother (Zac Pullam) and her birth mother (Cynthia Watros) is a detective. (Imagine that.)
While Carter’s birth mom, the cop, looks for her daughter’s abductor, Carter gets a job at a frozen yogurt shop and attempts to let her “mom” know where she is so that she can find her. Will Carter’s “mom” find her? How will Carter fit in with her new family?
The two-hour series premiere of Finding Carter premieres on MTV on July 8 (10/9c).
HollywoodLifers, will you tune into the series premiere of Finding Carter on July 8?
– Stephanie Bray