STATUS: currently in development (2015-2016 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2015) Lauren Marks (Paula Patton) is a sexy wife, loving mom, and career woman. She's married to pediatric surgeon Adam Marks, a smart, doting and reliable husband. Sparks still fly between them and they are worshiped and adored by their 7-year-old son, Jackson. But Lauren's entire life is turned upside down when she drops Adam off at the airport for a work related trip and his flight crashes with no survivors. After a day of devastating grief, Lauren receives a strange phone call: her husband never boarded his flight. Relief turns to suspicion when Lauren asks Adam's brother Simon (Brent Sexton), a Chicago police detective, to investigate. After getting access to the airport security footage, Lauren watches Adam being dropped off on the morning of his flight, only to meet with a Latina woman and her son, and exit the airport with them. Even stranger, a facial recognition search identifies the mysterious Latina woman as Lauren Marks. She has stolen Lauren's identity. With no word from Adam, Lauren must rely on her family, including Simon, Adam's younger brother Josh, and their respective wives Emily and Rebecca, to follow the clues of Adam's disappearance. The investigation takes her straight to the heart of Mexico City, where she begins to realize that her husband may be connected to a dangerous Mexican cartel and an international gun running operation. Lauren quickly finds herself in a world she knows nothing about, where any mistake could turn deadly. Runner is a soapy thriller that explores the dangerous world of gun running through the eyes of a wife and mother who is thrown violently into this world as she uncovers the mystery of her husband's disappearance. Based on a Turkish format, it is executive produced by Ghost Whisperer alums Ian Sander and Kim Moses; directed by Michael Offer; and written by feature writer Michael Cooney ( Identity).