ABC tries something brave: Drama with journalist as hero

This image released by ABC shows Hilary Swank in a scene from the new series “Alaska.” (Darko Sikman/ABC via AP)
This image released by ABC shows Hilary Swank in a scene from the new series “Alaska.” (Darko Sikman/ABC via AP)
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ABC is bringing actress Hilary Swank and the writer of the 2015 Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” together for a new drama about a journalist working in Alaska.

The Thursday series “Alaska” headlines a fall schedule announced Tuesday that also includes an hourlong celebrity version of “Jeopardy!” and leans heavily on returning favorites.

Swank will play Eileen Fitzgerald, described as a “recently disgraced” reporter who leaves a high-profile New York life behind to seek personal and professional redemption up north.

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