Remember when Cynthia Watros ** had to vacate her role as Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS because of a new primetime drama, MTV's FINDING CARTER? Well, you can see her in action when the show debuts tonight, Tuesday, July 8, at 10 p.m. EST on MTV! The 12-episode series focuses on Carter, a teenager (played by REIGN's **Kathryn Prescott), who discovers that the woman who's been raising her isn't her mother -- Watros' character, Elizabeth, a police detective, is!
"I'm the mother of a teenaged girl and I was hoping to do one of those GILMORE GIRL type [shows]," executive producer Terri Minksy tells Soaps In Depth. "This brilliant, beautiful [script] was available and I took it! I really did respond to it and wanted to write a mother/daughter piece."
The pilot shows Carter and Lori (the mother who kidnapped her) having yogurt with a side of gummy bears and banter for dinner before Carter's world turns upside down. "That scene is almost literally a transcript of my life with my daughter," Minsky reveals. "We do the 'love you, love you more' thing that Carter and Lori do."
Scene-stealer** Zac Pullman** plays Grant, the younger brother Carter never met since he was conceived after she was kidnapped and became -- in his words -- the "replacement" child. "What does that do to him psychologically," Minksy rhetorically asks. "What will Carter's relationship with him be?"
CARTER scored a casting coup with Watros' TV parents -- they're played by Robert Pine (ex-Stephen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIUFL) and Meredith Baxter (FAMILY TIES). "Writing for those two is beyond fun," Minksy shares.
For more on FINDING CARTER, pick up the next CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, July 14!