Shondaland welcomes its latest addition this week as “The Catch” snags the Thursday 10 p.m. slot currently held by “How to Get Away with Murder” following its season two finale on ABC. The Shona Rhimes-produced series centers on Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), a private investigator who finds herself the victim of a life-shattering con orchestrated by her fiancé, Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause).
Along with her team, including her co-partner and friend, Valerie Anderson, played by Rose Rollins, the plot takes a twist as a vindictive (and quite frankly, surprisingly stable) Alice entertain a game of cat-and-mouse with her ex-fiance and his dubious associates.
Rollins calls us from the airport as she’s attempting to configure in-flight entertainment on her iPad — “I am now realizing I have no idea how to use this thing,” she laughs — to discuss her friendship with Alice, the series’ pilot overhaul and the unpredictable season ahead of her.
The trailer for the original pilot of “The Catch” — by former co-showrunner Jennifer Schuur — came out last spring, but the show has taken on completely different vibe with Allan Heinberg now. It’s almost sleeker, and the stakes feel higher.
It’s been such a long time coming since the original pilot and we’re just really excited. The overhaul of the show has been a great thing. There’s a total different energy and it’s more indicative of “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Right. I was thinking this was almost like a reverse heist storyline.
Yeah, while the original was more of a noir.
When we meet Valerie in the pilot, she’s in the process of helping to plan Alice’s wedding. They’re such good friends, but also business partners. So that friendship immediately gets tested when things go wrong and their clients are jeopardized by Alice’s situation.
I think [Valerie] is such a strong woman, and she’s so good at what she does, and so is Alice. We’re such good partners that I think you can’t underestimate either of us. I think we’ll be fine. Even though we’re in the world of con artists, it’s the one we work in.
It’s nice to see the show start off with a strong female friendship.
I think it’s really important. And I love Mireille as a person, besides thinking she’s such an amazing actress. We’re very close.