Freeform Orders New Drama Series 'The Watchful Eye' Starring Mariel Molino

Freeform Orders New Drama Series 'The Watchful Eye' Starring Mariel Molino

Freeform has just picked up a new drama series.

Mariel Molino is set to star in The Watchful Eye on the network.

Created by Grace & Frankie producer Julie Durk, the upcoming series comes from Ryan Seacrest Productions, with Emily Fox serving as showrunner and executive producer.

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The Watchful Eye follows Elena Santos, a young woman with a complicated past, maneuvering her way into working as a live-in nanny for an affluent family in Manhattan. She quickly learns that everyone in the mysterious building has deadly secrets and ulterior motives. What they don’t know, however, is that Elena has some shocking secrets of her own.

“I’m incredibly excited about this series because it presents a contemporary twist on the classic mystery and thriller genre,” Jamila Hunter, EVP of Programming and Development for Freeform, said in a statement. “Julie, Emily and everyone on the team have created a surprising world of haves and have-nots that’s perfect for Freeform’s audience.”

Dirty John‘s Jeffrey Reiner will executive produce and he’ll also direct the pilot.

“We are so excited to be working with our partners at Freeform and ABC Signature on The Watchful Eye, an updated twist on a classic Hitchcockian thriller featuring an empowered female lead who’s got an ax to grind,” EPs Emily Fox, Nina Wass and Andrea Shay said in a joint statement. “An elegant New York City apartment building called The Greybourne provides a backdrop where nothing is as it seems and where the palace intrigue has an undercurrent of terror. Elena Santos is very much a force to be reckoned with, and the Manhattan power players who underestimate her may soon realize they’ve met their match. In this day and age, who doesn’t secretly long to eat the rich?”

Find out more about the cast and characters below…

Mariel Molino Stars in new The Watchful Eye series

Mariel Molina is Elena Santos

Elena is a bright, savvy young woman hired as the live-in nanny to a wealthy widower and his young son. When Elena moves into The Greybourne, a landmark Manhattan apartment building, she quickly learns about the complex politics among its wealthy inhabitants and a history riddled with mystery and tragedy. Luckily, Elena is more than equipped to handle anything that comes her way on her own terms.

Warren Christie Stars in new The Watchful Eye series

Warren Christie is Matthew

Matthew is a self-made architect dealing with grief and confusion over his wife’s death and its impact on his young son.

Kelly Bishop Stars in new The Watchful Eye series

Kelly Bishop is Mrs Ivey

She is a lifelong resident of The Greybourne who rules the roost and is accustomed to getting her way through a potent combination of wealth, power and sheer force of will.

Amy Acker Stars in new The Watchful Eye series

Amy Acker is Tory

Tory is a woman who instantly dislikes the fresh-faced, eager young nanny hired by her handsome brother-in-law, Matthew.

Jon Ecker Stars in new The Watchful Eye series

Jon Ecker is Scott

Scott is Elena’s sharp and cunning boyfriend who has helped arrange for Elena to get a live-in job at The Greybourne.

Lex Lumpkin Stars in new The Watchful Eye series

Lex Lumpkin is Elliott

He is a precocious teenager who lives in The Greybourne and strikes up an instant friendship with Elena.

Henry Joseph Samiri is Jasper

Jasper is Matthew’s son, an intelligent but withdrawn child still reeling from the recent death of his mother.

Aaliyah Royale is Ginny

She works alongside Elena as a nanny and is one of the few people who can get past her new friend’s tough outer shell.

ICYMI: Other new shows coming to Freeform include Everything’s Trash, which premieres this summer, Praise Petey (working title, subject to change) and While You Were Breeding.

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