When Marta Walraven's (Radha Mitchell) husband is brutally murdered, her first instinct is to protect her three young children. Her husband's business partners - Irwin Petrov (Wil Traval), Marta's scheming and untrustworthy brother, and Mike Tomlin (Lee Tergesen) -- were involved in an illegal drug business deal with rival gangsters, and Marta's husband paid the ultimate price. She already knows the violent world of organized crime; her father, Andrei Petrov (Rade Sherbedzija), and loyal bodyguard Luther (Luke Goss) are gangsters too. She and her sister Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) had always wished for a safer life without bloodshed and fear. For a while Marta lived happily as a stay at home housewife in San Marta's cooperation, FBI Agent James Ramos (Mido Hamada) now promises justice.
Marta discovers a tenacity she never knew she had, and takes on the gangsters and the FBI to unveil the truth about her husband's death. As she digs into this dark underworld, she'll test her own strength, relying on her resourcefulness, determination and family ties like never before. To get out of this mob, she needs to beat the bad guys at their own deadly game.
Red Widow stars Radha Mitchell (Melinda and Melinda, Silent Hill, Rogue, Henry Poll Is Here, The Children of Huang Shi, The Waiting City) as Marta Walraven, Wil Traval (Rescue Special Ops, Underbelly, All Saints) as Irwin Petrov, Erin Moriarty (One Life to Live) as Natalie Walraven, Sterling Beaumon (Arthur Newman, Golf Pro, Clue) as Gabriel Walraven, Lee Tergesen (Army Wives) as Mike Tomlin, Jakob Salvati as Boris Walraven, Luke Goss as Luther, Jaime Ray Newman (Drop Dead Diva) as Kat Petrov, Suleka Mathew (Hawthorne) as Dina Tomlin and Rade Serbedzija (24) as Andrei Petrov.
Based on the Dutch series Penoza, Red Widow teleplay is by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter and screenwriter of the Twilight franchise). Red Widow is executive-produced by Melissa Rosenberg, Howard Klein (The Office, Parks & Recreation), Endemol Studios and Alon Aranya. The pilot for Red Widow was directed by Mark Pellington. The series is produced by ABC Studios.