‘Wicked City’ Cancelled? New ABC Series Faces Criticisms for Showing Violence Against Women

By Poonam Singh | 1 year ago
‘Wicked City’ Cancelled? New ABC Series Faces Criticisms for Showing Violence Against Women

The upcoming thriller and procedural drama series of ABC “Wicked City”, has received criticisms from reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Aug. 4, for showing murder of a young girl and oral sex in the opening sequence. Will the show be cancelled on ABC?

When asked about the explicitness of murder scenes in the series, the executive producer Amy B. Harris said, “A majority of us are women in the writers’ room, so it was very important to us that we do not depict graphic violence. For me, that’s a very uncomfortable thing to watch.” “We want to keep the graphic violence to a minimum, but we also want to acknowledge that they’re killing people. There’s no way we can say that they aren’t”, further added Harris.


The series creator Steven Baigelman clearly mentioned that they are not interested in showing violence porn. “All the women on this show are strong women, from whatever angle they’re coming from,” he said. “They find empowerment, and that’s very important to us.”

The true crime anthology series will start with a formation of alliance between police detectives, journalists, drug dealers, and club-goers to catch a serial killer who targets young women in Los Angeles (1982). The main focus of the thriller will be Sunset Strip Killer played by Ed Westwick and Jeremy Sisto as detective Jack Roth. Other than them Erika Christensen, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Ross, Gabriel Luna, Karolina Wydra and Anne Winters will also be seen in important roles.

It is based on a true crime concept and described as a character-driven project. Produced by Robert D. Simon and executive produced by Baigelman with Laurie Zaks, Todd Lieberman, and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films, the thriller is a combination of sex, politics and trendy culture across different remarkable period in Los Angeles history.

The show scheduled to be telecast on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 10/9c on ABC.

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