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What time and date does 'Alaska Daily' release? And everything about Hilary Swank's ABC crime drama

Creator McCarthy hoped that 'Alaska Daily' would do what 'All The President's Men' did, and hope the fans appreciate the work journalists do
Hilary Swank in a still from 'Alaska Daily' (ABC)
Hilary Swank in a still from 'Alaska Daily' (ABC)

Hilary Swank's last TV appearance was in 2018 playing Gail Getty in 'Trust', FX's drama series. Now, the 'Million Dollar Baby' star makes a return with what comes across as one of the more promising shows of the year. ABC'S 'Alaska Daily' will see her play an investigative journalist who looks for a fresh start by moving from the Big Apple to Anchorage, Alaska, only to pursue a cold case that is part of a darker conspiracy.

Created by 'The Wire's Tom McCarthy, the series follows Swank's Eileen Fitzgerald who looks for redemption in a new place, but the very case she picks challenges her skill and grit. Relocating to way West of the country as she investigates a native American's death only to find out a deeper rabbit hole.


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When does 'Alaska Daily' release?

'Alaska Daily' premieres in the US on Thursday, October 6, at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC. 

Who's starring in 'Alaska Daily'?

Hilary Swank plays journo Eileen Fitzgerald. Also playing key roles are  Jeff Perry ('Inventing Anna') as Stanley Kornik, Matt Malloy ('Alpha House') as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman ('Blow The Man Down') as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove ('The Revenant') as Rosalind "Roz" Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco ('Solver') as Gabriel Tovar, Ami Park ('Where We Begin') as Yuna Park, and Craig Frank ('Mixology') as Austin Teague.

What is the plot of 'Alaska Daily'?

Per ABC, the official synopsis reads, ""From the mind of Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Alaska Daily stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption. Tom McCarthy is creator and executive producer. Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke, Kyle Hopkins (Anchorage Daily News), Ryan Binkley (Anchorage Daily News) and Peter Elkoff, who will also serve as showrunner, are executive producers on the series. The pilot episode is written and directed by Tom McCarthy."

What is the latest buzz around 'Alaska Daily'?

Is there a trailer in the works?

ABC released a trailer earlier this year that sees Fitzgerald arriving in Alaska and immediately thrust into trouble. Things are not as novel and great as she hopes for.


Director Tom McCarthy hopes the story would inspire the next generation of journalists.

Creator McCarthy hoped that 'Alaska Daily' would do what 'All The President's Men' did. “I hope to inspire an appreciation for the work they do,” he explained in an interview with TV Insider. He also lavished praise on Swank. “There is something in her DNA…. She can be incredibly unapologetic in her work.”