This comes after Gruffudd, who previously starred in U.S. pathology drama Forever, told Deadline earlier this year that he was already working on a second season ahead of the show’s debut.
The show will start production later this year in Queensland. Co-created by Secrets & Lies writer Stephen M. Irwin and producer Leigh McGrath and written by Irwin, the 10-episode Harrow tells the story of Dr. Daniel Harrow (Gruffudd), who is no ordinary forensic pathologist. Brilliant. Unorthodox. And a murderer? Harrow’s total disregard for authority and his unfailing empathy for the dead help him solve even the most bizarre of cases. He is driven to give victims a voice and will bend every rule to get to the truth of what happened to them. But when a terrible secret from his past threatens his family, his career and himself, Harrow needs all his wit, wile and forensic genius not to solve a crime but to keep it buried.
The series is produced by ABC Studios International in association with Australian producer Hoodlum.
Gruffudd told me that Harrow was a “brilliant three-dimensional character and Stephen’s writing leaps off the page. It has a great case of the week and Harrow has a brilliant relationship with his ex-wife and estranged daughter and gallows humor with his assistants”.
“The antihero now is very attractive, which is great for an actor who is getting older because they’re not looking for youthful leading man. He has an element of House, he’s a bit curmudgeonly and there’s a little bit of Castle,” he added.
ABC Studios International MD Keli Lee said, “We’re thrilled with the overwhelming response to Harrow and to our incredible star Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Daniel Harrow. We’ve put together an amazing cast and stellar crew and we’re looking forward to more of Dr Harrow and his exciting story.”
ABC’s Head of Drama and Comedy Sally Riley, added: “Harrow has been an incredible launch to our drama slate with ABC audiences loving the cast and the stunning Queensland locations. It is performing brilliant for us on broadcast and our video on demand service iView. We look forward to continuing the adventures in season two.”