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Alert: Missing Persons Unit
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Genre
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producers
Running time44–45 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 8, 2023 (2023-01-08) –
present

Alert: Missing Persons Unit is an American police procedural crime drama television series created by John Eisendrath and Jamie Foxx. It premiered on Fox on January 8, 2023.

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Police procedural

Police procedural

The police procedural, police show, or police crime drama, is a subgenre of procedural drama and detective fiction that emphasizes the investigative procedure of a police officer or department as the protagonist(s), as contrasted with other genres that focus on either a private detective, an amateur investigator or the characters who are the targets of investigations. While many police procedurals conceal the criminal's identity until the crime is solved in the narrative climax, others reveal the perpetrator's identity to the audience early in the narrative, making it an inverted detective story. Whatever the plot style, the defining element of a police procedural is the attempt to accurately depict the profession of law enforcement, including such police-related topics as forensic science, autopsies, gathering evidence, search warrants, interrogation and adherence to legal restrictions and procedure.

John Eisendrath

John Eisendrath

John Eisendrath is an American television series producer and writer. He created and served as the executive producer and showrunner for the series Outlaw, Playmakers, and currently serves as executive producer on NBC's The Blacklist. More recently, Eisendrath signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television through 2025.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He became widely known for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. That same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral. Since 2017, Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam.

Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Broadcasting Company

The Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly known simply as Fox and stylized in all caps as FOX, is an American commercial broadcast television network owned by Fox Corporation and headquartered in New York City, with master control operations and additional offices at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the Fox Media Center in Tempe. Launched as a competitor to the Big Three television networks on October 9, 1986, Fox went on to become the most successful attempt at a fourth television network. It was the highest-rated free-to-air network in the 18–49 demographic from 2004 to 2012 and again in 2020, and was the most-watched American television network in total viewership during the 2007–08 season.

Premise

Jason Grant (Caan) and Nikki Batista (Ramirez) investigate cases for the Philadelphia Police Department's Missing Person's Unit (MPU) while also trying to find out the truth about their missing son.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

  • Petey Gibson as C, the supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit’s forensic imaging unit
  • Fivel Stewart as Sidney Grant, Jason and Nikki's daughter
  • Bre Blair as June Butler, Jason's girlfriend and business partner

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Scott Caan

Scott Caan

Scott Andrew Caan is an American actor, director, photographer, writer, and former rapper. He received his breakthrough role in Ocean’s Eleven as Turk Malloy who he played in the Ocean’s trilogy and starred as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 (2010–2020), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Caan had a recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage (2009–2011). In the 1990s, he was a rapper and was a part of hip hop group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist, under the pseudonym Mad Skillz.

Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez is a Dominican actress. Her credits include the roles of Maya Herrera in Heroes, Alex in Entourage, and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos on television. Her film roles include Alex Guerrero in She Hate Me and Callisto in the feature film X-Men: The Last Stand. She portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids from June 2013 until its cancellation in 2016. In July 2017, Ramirez joined the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time for its softly-rebooted seventh season in a starring role as Cinderella.

Graham Verchere

Graham Verchere

Graham Marc Verchere is a Canadian actor, known for roles in Stargirl, Fargo, The Good Doctor, and Summer of 84.

Fivel Stewart

Fivel Stewart

Trente Heavyn "Fivel" Stewart is an American actress and singer who first came to attention in her main cast role as Izzie in three seasons of the Netflix series Atypical (2018–2021). As of 2022, she is in the main cast of the Netflix series The Recruit.

Bre Blair

Bre Blair

Sarah Brianne Blair is a Canadian actress. She has played Stacey in the 1995 film The Baby-Sitters Club and Jessie West in the 2016 television drama series Game of Silence.

Episodes

No.Title [1]Directed byWritten by [2]Original air date [1]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Chloe"Michael OfferTeleplay by : John Eisendrath
Story by : John Eisendrath & Jamie Foxx
January 8, 2023 (2023-01-08)4.03[3]
2"Hugo"Michael OfferJohn Eisendrath & J.R. OrciJanuary 9, 2023 (2023-01-09)1.54[4]
3"Zoey"Diana ValentineJohn EisendrathJanuary 16, 2023 (2023-01-16)1.52[5]
4"Andy"Diana ValentineJustin PeacockJanuary 23, 2023 (2023-01-23)2.00[6]
5"Miguel"TBAJohn EisendrathJanuary 30, 2023 (2023-01-30)TBD
6"Tim and Amy"TBAKatie VarneyFebruary 6, 2023 (2023-02-06)TBD
7"Shannon"[7]TBAKseniya MelnikFebruary 13, 2023 (2023-02-13)TBD

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Production

Development

In March 2022, it wan announced John Eisendrath and Sony Pictures Television had Alert in development at Fox with a script, format and back-up script commitment plus penalty.[8] In May of that year, it was announced Fox had given a straight-to-series order to Alert with Eisendrath to serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner.[9]

Casting

In August 2022, it was announced Dania Ramirez had been cast as one of the leads[10] with Scott Caan cast as the second lead shortly thereafter.[11] In October 2022, Adeola Role, Ryan Broussard, and Graham Verchere were announced as series regulars.[12] In November 2022, Petey Gibson, Fivel Stewart, and Bre Blair joined the cast in recurring roles.[13]

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John Eisendrath

John Eisendrath

John Eisendrath is an American television series producer and writer. He created and served as the executive producer and showrunner for the series Outlaw, Playmakers, and currently serves as executive producer on NBC's The Blacklist. More recently, Eisendrath signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television through 2025.

Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television Inc. is an American television production and distribution studio. Based at the Sony Pictures Studios complex in Culver City, it is a division of Sony Entertainment's unit Sony Pictures Entertainment and a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony Group Corporation.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He became widely known for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. That same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral. Since 2017, Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam.

Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez is a Dominican actress. Her credits include the roles of Maya Herrera in Heroes, Alex in Entourage, and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos on television. Her film roles include Alex Guerrero in She Hate Me and Callisto in the feature film X-Men: The Last Stand. She portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids from June 2013 until its cancellation in 2016. In July 2017, Ramirez joined the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time for its softly-rebooted seventh season in a starring role as Cinderella.

Scott Caan

Scott Caan

Scott Andrew Caan is an American actor, director, photographer, writer, and former rapper. He received his breakthrough role in Ocean’s Eleven as Turk Malloy who he played in the Ocean’s trilogy and starred as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 (2010–2020), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Caan had a recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage (2009–2011). In the 1990s, he was a rapper and was a part of hip hop group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist, under the pseudonym Mad Skillz.

Graham Verchere

Graham Verchere

Graham Marc Verchere is a Canadian actor, known for roles in Stargirl, Fargo, The Good Doctor, and Summer of 84.

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 40% approval rating with an average rating of 7/10, based on 5 critic reviews.[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 49 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Alert: Missing Persons Unit
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Chloe" January 8, 2023 0.9 4.03[3] 0.2 1.43 1.1 5.46[16]
2 "Hugo" January 9, 2023 0.2 1.54[4] 0.2 1.59 0.4 3.13[17]
3 "Zoey" January 16, 2023 0.2 1.52[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Andy" January 23, 2023 0.3 2.00[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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Review aggregator

Review aggregator

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Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 by three undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley: Senh Duong, Patrick Y. Lee, and Stephen Wang. Although the name "Rotten Tomatoes" connects to the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes in disapproval of a poor stage performance, the original inspiration comes from a scene featuring tomatoes in the Canadian film Léolo (1992).

Metacritic

Metacritic

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of films, television shows, music albums, video games, and formerly books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999, and is owned by Fandom, Inc. as of 2023.

Nielsen ratings

Nielsen ratings

Nielsen TV ratings are the audience measurement systems operated by Nielsen Media Research that seek to determine the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States using a rating system. Nielsen is no longer accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC).

Source: "Alert: Missing Persons Unit", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 28th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alert:_Missing_Persons_Unit.

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References
  1. ^ a b "Shows A-Z – Alert on Fox". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  2. ^ "Alert". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (January 10, 2023). "ShowBuzzDaily's Sunday 1.8.2023 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Berman, Marc (January 10, 2023). "Monday Ratings: 'NCIS' Crossover Event Leads CBS to Broadcast Network Victory". Programing Insider. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (January 18, 2023). "ShowBuzzDaily's Monday 1.16.2023 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Salem, Mitch (January 24, 2023). "ShowBuzzDaily's Monday 1.23.2023 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  7. ^ "Alert: Missing Persons Unit - Episode 107 "Shannon"". Foxflash. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2022). "'The Blacklist' Showrunner John Eisendrath Extends Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television; Sets 'Alert' Drama At Fox With Jamie Foxx As EP". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 16, 2022). "Fox Orders 'Alert' Missing Persons Drama Series From John Eisendrath & Jamie Foxx". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 23, 2022). "Dania Ramirez To Headline Fox's Missing Persons Drama Series 'Alert' From John Eisendrath & Jamie Foxx". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 24, 2022). "Scott Caan To Star In Fox's Missing Persons Drama Series 'Alert'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (October 7, 2022). "'Alert': Adeola Role, Ryan Broussard, Graham Verchere Join Fox's Missing Persons Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (November 4, 2022). "'Alert': Petey Gibson, Fivel Stewart & Bre Blair To Recur In Fox's Missing-Persons Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  14. ^ "Alert: Missing Persons Unit: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  15. ^ "Alert: Missing Persons Unit: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  16. ^ Berman, Marc (January 9, 2023). "Sunday Ratings: Respectable Sampling for New Fox Drama 'Alert: Missing Persons Unit'". Programming Insider. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  17. ^ Berman, Marc (January 10, 2023). "Monday Ratings: 'NCIS' Crossover Event Leads CBS to Broadcast Network Victory". Programming Insider. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
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