After an international search, Desmond Chiam (The Shannara Chronicles) has been tapped as one of the male leads opposite Poppy Montgomery in Reef Break, ABC’s 13-episode summer crime drama. Montgomery also executive produces the series, which is based on her idea, along with Ken Sanzel, who will write as well as serve as showrunner.
Reef Break originated at ABC Studios International and was ordered to series by France’s M6 in May. ABC picked it up for a summer run in August, with U.S.-based ABC Studios coming on board to-produce alongside ABC Studios International in partnership with M6.
Reef Break is described as a sexy, action-packed drama starring Montgomery as Cat Chambers, a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Impulsive, reckless and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced, high-octane adventures and island intrigue.
Desmond will play Jake Wyatt, a detective on the island who knows his way around a life-or-death scenario. After a one-night stand as strangers, Wyatt and Cat (Montgomery) suddenly are working on a case together — a scenario he’s not quite prepared to handle.
Disney Media Distribution holds international rights to the series.
Chiam is best known for recurring as General Riga in the second season of The Shannara Chronicles, which aired on Paramount Network. He next will be seen as Jethro in Starz’s Now Apocalypse and Disney’s Magic Camp. He’s repped by the Rosenzweig Group, Active Artists Management, Abrams Artists Agency and attorney Jonathan Shikora.