High Potential: release date, cast, plot and everything we know about the Kaitlin Olson crime drama

Kaitlin Olson in High Potential
Kaitlin Olson in High Potential (Image credit: ABC/David Bukach)

Every fall brings new TV shows to the broadcast landscape, and for fall 2024 one of those new entries is the ABC crime drama High Potential starring It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia alum Kaitlin Olson.

Based on a French series called Haut Potentiel Intellectuel, High Potential is a crime drama. Though with Olson's pedigree as a comedian and the series created by Drew Goddard, we have a feeling it may lean more toward dramedy, a bit like another ABC hit, The Rookie.

When is High Potential going to air? Who else stars in the show? Read on to find out everything we know about High Potential right now.

High Potential release date

High Potential makes its TV debut on Tuesday, September 17, at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC.

The show will share Tuesday night on ABC with Dancing with the Stars season 33.

In order to watch High Potential live, you will need to have access to ABC, either through a traditional pay-TV provider or a live TV streaming service like Fubo, Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV. If you're OK to wait a day, the series is also expected to stream on-demand on Hulu.

At this time there is no information on if/when High Potential may air in the UK.

High Potential cast

Kaitlin Olson leads the cast of High Potential as Morgan, a single mom who learns she has a skill for solving crimes. While Olson is best known for time playing Dee on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, she has starred in a number of TV shows in recent years, including Hacks and The Mick (so there's little need to worry about this impacting her time on Always Sunny).

Starring alongside Olson in the series is Daniel Sunjata as the by-the-book detective that reluctantly becomes Morgan's partner. Sunjata has previously starred in Power Book II: Ghost, Graceland, Rescue Me and a stint on Grey's Anatomy.

Other members of the cast include Javicia Leslie (Batwoman) as Daphne, Deniz Akdeniz (The Flight Attendant) as Lev "Oz" Osman, Amirah J (Shameless) as Ava, Matthew Lamb (Smile) as Elliot and Judy Reyes (Scrubs) as Selena.

High Potential plot

Here is the official synopsis for High Potential:

"High Potential follows a single mom with an exceptional mind, whose unconventional knack for solving crimes leads to an unusual and unstoppable partnership with a by-the-book seasoned detective."

While created by Drew Goddard, he is not serving as the series showrunner. In fact, as of June 5, the previous showrunner, Rob Thomas, left the show. Todd Harthan, who previously was a writer for medical drama The Resident, was named the new showrunner as of June 21.

High Potential trailer

Check out the initial teaser for High Potential right here:

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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.