Bruce R. Miller
When Dania Ramirez closed the text with “Namaste,” the show’s creators knew they had someone for “Alert: Missing Persons Unit.”
Ramirez, he said, had the compassion necessary to play a woman whose son had been missing for six years. Once they have evidence that they are sexually active, they join forces to prevent other incidents from happening.
The show’s creator, John Isendras, elaborated on the situations the characters face during an interview with Ramirez.
“When we had honest conversations about who we were as human beings and the messages we wanted to put out, we really connected,” the actress says. I was able to pull myself into it, feel for these people, and find light in some situations.”
Regarding the character of Ramirez, Isendras said: She is an emotional connection to those who are grieving. The minute we spoke, I realized that Dania was someone who was used to it. “
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Khan, on the other hand, saw “Alert” as a journey into emotion, rather than just a procedural one. “I’m learning more about myself,” he says. “I’m learning a lot about acting. I think it’s more intense than anything I’ve ever done… Really beautiful and in a good way.”
Both were on “Entourage,” but never had a scene together. “We were then and we are now, it’s a whole different ball game. As parents, dealing with a show that has to deal with missing children is really close to our hearts.
The concept, oddly enough, came from Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, executive producer of “Alert.”
“One afternoon he thought his child was missing,” explains Isendrath. “It wasn’t, but for about six or seven hours he wasn’t sure what had happened. He always thought it would be a good base for a TV show.”
To flesh it out, Isendrath added a couple who lost their own child and worked to find another. , found where he wanted to shoot the series.
“It’s the most complicated thing I’ve ever done,” Khan says. The couple are overjoyed to have found their son, but are unsure if he really is their son. ”
Ramirez also sees a therapeutic dimension to this story. “We can allow each other to be vulnerable in that moment and share it with the masses. ‘OK, I’m going to reveal that part of me.’ I want to Getting people to connect with it is very exciting. “
Many of the “alert” topics come from news articles, Eisendrath said. Episode 2 explores the fentanyl scourge in America. “Some of them have that kind of relationship with what a lot of people think and talk about…and in a way it worries me.” One of the points is that it has more range than anything else available for procedural TV, in some cases people are taken and desperate to be found. , some desperate not to be found, it’s part of the mystery our characters have to unravel each week. And some of the most urgent, most desperate cases.”
“Alert: Missing Persons Unit” premieres on Fox on January 8th.