Finding Carter is an MTV original scripted series that follows the life of Carter Stevens, born Lyndon Wilson, who is returned to her biological family thirteen years after her abduction.

The series premiered 8 July, 2014 and ended 15 December, 2015. Zac Pullam announced its cancellation 29 January, 2016 on Twitter.[1][2]


Season 1

Carter is a young girl whose life is seemingly perfect with her single mother, Lori, until a police bust at a high school party at a carnival ride results in her learning Lori abducted her at the age of three. After being returned to the Wilsons, Carter has every intention of reuniting and running away with Lori. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is determined to find Lori and struggles to connect with Carter because of it, whilst David is secretly writing the sequel to Losing Lyndon, Finding Carter. Carter's goody-two-shoes twin sister, Taylor, struggles between having Carter back and what life was like before she came back, whilst her brother, Grant, tries to find his place in the family.

Season 2


Four hours after Lori has abducted Carter for the second time, Carter's friends and family worry about her whereabouts. Carter learns Lori is planning to kidnap Taylor with her this time, and Taylor, desperate to help Carter this time, agrees to meet Lori. Meeting Lori results in the apprehension of Lori, however, in addition to the twins learning of their biological relation to Lori, much to the dismay of Taylor. In the aftermath, Taylor struggles to find peace with this new information, while Carter worries about college and tries to avoid Lori's continued manipulations. Meanwhile, Grant grows annoyed with his parents' marriage situation and seeks help elsewhere; more people from Carter's past come into her life.


The Wilson family is tested again after Lori's trial doesn't go as expected.


Main cast

Reccurring cast

Former cast


Main article: Finding Carter episodes.

Air dates based on original air time.

Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 12 July 8, 2014 September 16, 2014
2 24 March 31, 2015 December 2015

Web series

Series Episodes First aired Last aired
Finding Answers TBA March 31, 2015 TBA
Zac Attack TBA March 31, 2015 TBA

Production and development

Finding Carter was written as a writing sample by Emily Silver, who then shopped it to networks, such as ABC Family and MTV. Shortly after, Terri Minsky was brought onto the project as an executive producer, and the pilot went through as a rewrite.[3] MTV placed a pilot order on 12 September, 2013[4]; Scott Speer signed on to direct the pilot.[3]

On 30 January, 2014, Finding Carter was given a 12-episode series order.[3] Filming for Finding Carter takes place in Atlanta, Georgia,[5] in Westlake High School's old facility. In April, it was announced that Jesse Henderson would play Gabe, the role in which Nolan Sotillo was previously cast.[6]

MTV renewed Finding Carter for a 12-episode second season on 19 August, 2014.[7][8][9] On January 10, 2015, it was announced that Season 2 would premiere on March 31, 2015.[10]

On May 18, 2015, Finding Carter cast members Jesse Henderson and Zac Pullam via MTV channels that the series was renewed for twelve additional episodes. Season 2B will premiere in October.[11] Background/extras roles were cast for submissions from Atlanta, Georgia aged 22-60 with a press/business professional look to fill the space of the courtroom and to act as reporters. The casting notice was available 16 July, 2015[12] to 20 July, 2015; roles were paid, and filming began 20 July in Atlanta.[13]



Behind the scenes


  1. Pullam, Zac (29 January, 2016). Zac Pullam on Twitter: Sad to say it but if you don't already know, Finding Carter won't be returning for a season 3 (English). Twitter. Retrieved on 30 January, 2016. “Sad to say it but if you don't already know, Finding Carter won't be returning for a season 3”
  2. Thompson, Avery (29 January, 2016). 'Finding Carter' Cancelled: Why The Show Deserved A Third Season (English). Hollywood Life. Retrieved on 30 January, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Andreeva, Nellie (January 30, 2014). MTV’s Picks Up Coming-Of-Age Drama Pilot ‘Finding Carter’ To Series (English). Retrieved on 7 July, 2015.
  4. Development Update: Thursday, September 12. The Futon Critic (September 12, 2013). Retrieved on February 17, 2014.
  5. MTV 'Finding Carter' Casting Call For Teachers and Students in Atlanta. Project Casting (May 6, 2014). Retrieved on May 6, 2014.
  6. MTV's 'Finding Carter' Adds Quartet to Cast (Exclusive) (April 16, 2014). Retrieved on 6 June 2014. “The series, which stars Skins' Kathryn Prescott, has enlisted Jesse Henderson, Jesse Carere, Caleb Ruminer and Vanessa Morgan as recurring guest-stars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. […] Henderson (Restless, The Gray Area) will play Gabe, a teenager who falls for wild-child Carter despite her sister and his longtime friend Taylor's harboring feelings for him.”
  7. Goldberg, Lesley (August 19, 2014). MTV's 'Finding Carter' Renewed for Second Season. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 20, 2014.
  8. Donnelly, Matthew Scott (August 19, 2014). The ‘Journey’ Continues: ‘Finding Carter’ Is Coming Back For Season 2. MTV. Retrieved on August 20, 2014.
  9. Abrams, Natalie (August 19, 2014). MTV renews 'Finding Carter' for season 2. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on August 20, 2014.
  10. Finding Carter. Facebook. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.
  11. Finding Carter (Season 3) - Returns In October. MTV. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.
  12. Backstage Staff (16 July 2015). Atlanta Now Casting ‘Finding Carter’ and Upcoming Auditions (English) (Blog). Backstage. Retrieved on 20 July, 2015.
  13. 'Finding Carter' Casting Call (English). Backstage. Retrieved on 20 July, 2015.
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