UP network’s first original scripted series “Ties That Bind” has found its cast, including Luke Perry of “Beverly Hills 90210,” Variety has learned.
Joining Perry and previously announced “The Practice” and “Army Wives” alum Kelli Williams on the police procedural/family drama are Jonathan Scarfe (“Hell On Wheels,” “Perception”), Dion Johnstone (The Tempest, “Defiance”), Mitchell Kummen (“The Tomorrow People”), Natasha Calis (“The Firm”), Rhys Matthew Bond (“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story”) and Matreya Scarrwener (“Once Upon a Time”).
“Ties that Bind” revolves around Allison McLean (Williams), a tough and experienced police detective, mother and wife in suburban Seattle. When she and her police partner (Johnstone) must arrest her brother (Perry) for aggravated assault, her world drastically changes as he’s convicted and sent to prison, leaving his two teenagers teetering on the brink of foster care. Ultimately, she takes them into her home, ending up with four teenagers to raise.
Sheryl J. Anderson ( “Charmed”) created the drama, which is a Reel One Entertainment production. Sean McNamara, Monika Mitchell and Michael Scott direct the 10-episode series, produced by Gilles Laplante. Tom Berry, Stan Spry, Kirk Shaw and Anderson serve as exec producers, and Dean Batali and Peter Hume co-exec produce.
Production on “Ties That Bind” began this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the series is set to bow this August.