If there's one surefire new hit this fall, it's Quantico.
Starring Bollywood icon Priyanka Chopra, the ABC thriller follows a group of newbie FBI recruits, including Alex Parrish (Chopra), who is framed for the biggest terrorist attack on New York City since 9/11. If that doesn't pique your interest, here are five reasons we think it will be your new TV obsession.
1. Priyanka Chopra
It'd be misleading to call Chopra this season's breakout star — girl's already a star. Nevertheless, Chopra makes an impressive American debut as Alex. She's engaging, dynamic and tackles everything with a steely conviction that belies the fact that it took her days to learn how to say certain phrases in English, as she reveals in the video below. But that's why she's won 85 acting awards, including the Indian Oscar for Best Actress.
2. How to get away with Shondaland cloning
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Shonda Rhimes must be blushing. Quantico, from Gossip Girl's Josh Safran, found the ideal blend of #TGIT's key ingredients for success. Not unlike Meredith Grey, Alex has a quickie with a hottie she just met, Ryan (Jake McLaughin), who turns out be a fellow recruit. Not unlike Olivia Pope, she's got some major daddy issues. But the show hews most closely to How to Get Away with Murder, featuring a group of trainees and employing the same flash-forward/flashback device to unveil how a crime was committed — in this case, the terrorist attack. It feels familiar, but with the right writing and execution, Quantico can surely stand on its own.
3. Alex Parrish is a badass
Alex isn't your average lady cop and for an FBI novice, she exudes an unapologetic confidence that doesn't cross into annoyingly smug territory. Case in point: She has absolutely no problem broadcasting her tryst with Ryan to the whole dorm. "I think any actor in the world who wants to really act would want to do Alex — and play her too!" Chopra tells TVGuide.com. "She's an incredible character. She's like a female Jason Bourne. She's smart, she's sexy, she's sassy. ... She's the quintessential woman. She's everything I would want to be as a girl and yet at the same time, she's super-feminine. She may be badass and in fights and she handles guns, but she's a celebration of womanhood and I love that about her."
4. The supporting cast
Alex is the lead, but the other — very diverse — recruits are just as interesting. Unlike many pilots, we get a bevy of info about them, thanks to an academy task that has the trainees digging up each other's secrets. "I do like the flash forwards a lot. I like being on the run. I like being a fugitive. I like putting things together. The academy part of it, which is the present, is also so much fun because I have all the recruits," Chopra says. "We have a great time together."
5. It's more twisty than Meredith Grey
Quantico clearly subscribes to the "immediate gratification" technique of unspooling story. There are so many twists and bombshells in the last 20 minutes of the pilot that you wanna roll your eyes, but its ridiculousness kind of works in the show's heightened, high-stakes world. Suspend your disbelief for a bit and go with it.
Quantico premieres Sunday at 10/9c on ABC.