Jessica Sula, known best for her role in the hit British series Skins, takes the lead in a heartbreaking new series about addiction called Recovery Road.
Set to premiere on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) on January 25, 2016, the drama centers on Maddie Graham (Sula), a 17-year-old party girl who gets busted with alcohol at school.
Maddie is ordered to complete her junior year of high school in a sober living facility for adults recovering from addiction, where she struggles to accept she has one of her own at all.
Initially very resistant to her temporary new home and its rules, she grudgingly begins to open up to her fellow housemates, who include Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls), Kyla Pratt (The Proud Family), Lindsay Pearce (Glee), and Sula’s Skins co-star Sebastian de Souza.
Sharon Leal (Addicted) stars as Maddie’s workaholic, but devoted mother Charlotte, and an unlisted Keith Powers (Faking It) plays her boyfriend Zack. Paula Jai Parker (Idlewild), Meg DeLacy (Side Effects), and Haley Lu Richardson (Ravenswood) all have recurring roles.
Created by Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto, Recovery Road is based on the 2015 young adult novel of the same name by Blake Nelson.
The show is executive produced by Royal and DiConcetto, along with Beth Miller, Craig Piligian, and Danielle von Zerneck. It is being distributed by Disney–ABC Domestic Television.
In the clips below we see what leads to Maddie’s road to recovery, who she gets close to along the way, and a nightmare that includes her deceased father James (Tatum Shank).
Sula starred as Layla in the British independent film, Honeytrap, which made its U.S. premiere at the 2015 SXSW Festival to critical acclaim. She was also featured in the British series Love & Marriage and in MTV’s Eye Candy. She is currently filming the M. Knight Shyamalan film, Split.
The first three episodes of Recovery Road were released online on December 18, 2015, and the series will premiere on Monday, January 25 at 9/8c PM on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.