Julia Chan (Archive 81) will star as a series regular opposite Michaela McManus and Parker Young (United States Of Al) in ABC’s drama pilot “Criminal Nature.” This is ABC’s former national parks drama pilot about the National Parks Investigative Services Branch. The pilot was originally commissioned last year with Kevin Costner as co-writer and executive producer, however, Costner is no longer attached to the project.
The series is a “soapy” procedural set in the world of national parks. It revolves around the tangled, messy lives of the agents who work for the ISB — an elite law-enforcement unit responsible for solving all serious crimes that occur in our country’s 81,000 square miles of protected land.
According to Deadline, Chan will play Lisa, the medical agent on Audrey’s (McManus) ISB (Investigative Services Branch) office, and a master of earth and life sciences. Quirky and off-center but always fashion forward, Lisa is proud of her Chinese roots and fiercely protective of her squad.
Yasha Jackson (The Flight Attendant) and Ian Duff (We Own This City) will also star.
Rashad Raisani is writing and executive producing the pilot. Raisani is currently an executive producer on the Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star. Other credits include Burn Notice, Shades of Blue, and The Gifted.
Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson remain attached as executive producers on behalf of A+E Studios. 20th Television will produce in association with A+E.
If the pilot receives a series order, we expect to see the show arrive on Hulu and internationally on Disney+.
Chan most recently played the series regular role of Annabelle in Netflix’s limited series Archive 81. Other credits include CW’s Katy Keene, CBC limited series Little Dog, and Schitt’s Creek.