Alex Parrish may be on the run, but she has a new boss.
ABC’s Quantico has found its new showrunner, and it’s Michael Seitzman, creator of CBS medical drama Code Black. Seitzman will be stepping into the new role of executive producer/showrunner for the FBI thriller’s third season.
Following its last-hour renewal despite low ratings, showrunner and creator Josh Safran announced that he would not be returning for a third season, scaling back his role to that of consulting producer. Seitzman, whose Code Black has also been renewed for a third season over on CBS, will be taking the reins, ABC confirmed to EW Wednesday. Seitzman reportedly has been working on the upcoming season and nailing down returning cast.
Thus far, ABC has confirmed that four series regulars will be returning for the third season. Priyanka Chopra will return to her star-making lead role as Alex Parrish, last seen on the run after sacrificing herself to take down Roarke (Dennis Boutsikaris). She will be joined by original cast members Jake McLaughlin and Johanna Brady, as well as last season’s addition, Blair Underwood.
McLaughlin’s Ryan was originally seen joining love interest Alex (Chopra) on the way to a new hiding place, while Johanna Brady’s Shelby called it quits with Hunter Parrish’s Clay in the midst of realizing her independence. The second season concluded with Underwood’s Owen as deputy director of the CIA, a new role that will likely come into play in the upcoming season.
In an interview following the season 2 finale, showrunner and creator Josh Safran told EW, “If there’s more to the journey, they’re all set up in the right places [to continue].”
Now, it will be up to Seitzman and the four remaining cast members to determine just where that might lead.