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'Red Widow'

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ABC's new drama "Red Widow," from "Twilight Saga" films writer Melissa Rosenberg (also of "Dexter"), debuts March 3 with a two-hour premiere in its Sunday night time slot. It's based on a Dutch series called "Penoza."

"Red Widow" stars Radha Mitchell ("High Art") as Marta, a woman who seems to have the perfect life -- three kids, gorgeous husband, even more gorgeous home in California's Marin County -- but her idyllic world comes crashing down when her dope-exporting husband is murdered and she's plunged into the world of organized crime.

Mitchell is quite good in the pilot as a conflicted, grief-stricken mom backed into a corner. The crux of the series is about Marta protecting her family at all costs. There's some Walter White potential here when it comes to how far she'll go.

"Everybody on this show has this real emotional depth," Mitchell said.

Rosenberg says this show brings a flawed female protagonist to broadcast TV, much in the way we've seen these types of characters on cable ("Weeds," "Nurse Jackie," etc.).

Goran Visnjic, who played Luka on "ER," doesn't have a big role in the pilot but he becomes a key character going forward. He plays Nicholae Schiller, a San Francisco drug lord.

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