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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – end of June 2014

Posted by Rich Cross on June 28, 2014

Revolution axed

Loss-of-electric-power TV series Revolution has been the latest high-profile post-apocalyptic TV drama to be axed, being dropped by the NBC network after completing its second season run.

After a strong initial showing, with 11.65m million viewers tuning-in in the US for the series’ premiere in September 2012 Revolution had struggled to retain ratings – particularly as season two progressed, slumping to less than 4m.

Series producer and director Jon Favreau conceded that: “Having a show cancelled is not fun, as you can imagine. It’s a very abrupt end to a project that has been your entire world for a long time. […] I asked [showrunner] Eric [Kripe] if he had anything to pass along to the fans of the show. He said to convey that he was disappointed, but extremely grateful for your support.”

Fans of Revolution have launched a campaign urging NBC to reverse the cancellation decision, or to release the series to an alternative broadcaster willing to continue the show.


Producer Jon Favreau has briefly discussed Revolution‘s cancellation on air. As to a possible future for the show, he comments: “somebody [new] has to want to make it and the people who are making it [the NBC network] have to release it. There’s a lot of politics to it.”


Falling Skies returns

Series four of alien-invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies premiered in the US on 22 June 2014, and will be shown on the FX channel at 21:00 on Tuesdays beginning 15 July 2014.

At the end of season 3, Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and the 2nd Mass scored their biggest victory of the war to date with the destruction of the Espheni mothership in Boston, thanks in large part to the Volm.

However, the Volm subsequently kicked the humans out of their own war and tried to deport everyone to Brazil for the duration of the fight against the Espheni.

Only the personal intervention of Cochise prevented that from happening. But Tom Mason may soon wish that he had accepted the offer to escape the war.


The 100 (The Hundred)

The CW network has commissioned new high-concept post-apocalyptic teen drama The 100. Following a positive reception to the first thirteen-episode season (which premiered in the US in March 2014), the CW renewed The 100 for a second series which will screen in the US in October. In the UK, The 100 will premiere on E4 at 21:00 on 7 July 2014.

The 100, is set 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse decimates civilisation on Earth and the show centres on the survivors aboard their Ark in space as they struggle to manage a growing population.

The only survivors were those who had chosen to live on twelve space stations which orbited the Earth prior to the war, and a handful of “grounders” who managed to escape the planet before its downfall. In the aftermath of destruction, the residents of the space stations joined their crafts together to form a single massive station named “The Ark”, where about 2,400 people live.

The only hope of survival for humanity is to discover whether the planet has now become hospitable – so 100 of their juvenile imprisoned convicts are dispatched to Earth to discover what awaits them. Will this be a chance for the young people to start living life to the full, or will what they find on the ground prove to be even more deadly?

The 100


The Strain

Screening on the FX network is The Strain in July developed by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan from their own trilogy of novels. It is a high-concept, ‘near-apocalyptic’ drama showing the series’ heroes battle a viral outbreak “which bears all of the hallmarks of vampirism.” The Strain will be shown in the UK on the FX channel – dates yet to be confirmed

Note: the trailer contains scenes of violence and horror


The Last Ship

Premiering in the US on 22 June 2014, TNT’s The Last Ship is a ten-episode post-apocalyptic serial which focuses on the efforts of a crew of fictional US Navy ship USS Nathan James (DDG-151) to survive in the aftermath of a pandemic which has killed more than 50% of the world’s population. The lone destroyer must also search for a vaccine which can protect the survivors from the continuing threat of the virus.


The Leftovers

This new ten-part HBO post-apocalyptic show from Lost creator Damon Lindelof is high-concept fantasy, which follows the dilemmas of the residents of Earth who are left behind after a ‘rapture’-like event which sees many of the world’s residents disappear. The show premiers in the US on 29 June, but does not yet have a broadcaster in the UK. Cast members include Christopher Eccleston (The Doctor, Doctor Who) and Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston, Survivors 2008-2010).


The After

Created for the Amazon Video service by X-Files showrunner Chris Carter, The After is a post-apocalyptic drama which focuses on:

“eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation”

After a well-received pilot, Amazon commissioned a full first season, which will be available exclusively online from the Amazon Video service. The full pilot episode is available to stream free-of-charge from the Amazon Video service (in the UK and the US).

The After - Amazon Video

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New mini-site for new Big Finish Survivors audio adventures

Posted by Rich Cross on June 16, 2014

The Survivors: A World Away site (the companion site of this blog, which focuses on the original 1975-1977 series) has launched a new mini-site dedicated to the new Survivors audio adventures from Big Finish.

The new site is still being actively developed, but already includes reviews of all four episodes in the first series, and exclusive interviews with producer David Richardson, director Ken Bentley and scriptwriters Matt Fitton, Jonathan Morris and Andrew Smith.

Interviews with new and returning Survivors cast members will be added to the site in the coming weeks.

Big Finish - Survivors - mini-site

Big Finish – Survivors – mini-site

Please note: These audio dramas are set in the time and place of the original Survivors (1975-1977) and NOT in the world of the Survivors remake (2008-2010).

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Big Finish release new audio dramas based on original (1975-1977) Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on June 5, 2014

Audio drama specialists Big Finish have today (5 June 2014) released series one of their new Survivors audio adventures set in the time of place of Terry Nation’s original TV drama (1975-1977). Big Finish say:

WE ARE IMMENSELY proud to announce the release of Terry Nation’s Survivors – Series 1.

The original TV series ran from 1975 to 1977, and portrayed the outbreak of a plague that wipes out most of the world’s population, and told the story of the few people who survived…

Our original audio series begins again with the plague outbreak, introducing new characters before running parallel with that TV show, as Lucy Fleming (Jenny) and Ian McCulloch (Greg) reprise their roles. Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) also has a cameo role, and will appear in a larger capacity in Series 2.

It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying…

When most of the world’s population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces.

Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again…

Series one of the new Survivors audio adventures is available to buy (in CD format or by digital download) from the Big Finish web site. Series two will be released in June 2015.

Find out more about the Big Finish audio dramas from the Survivors: A World Away blog.

Please note: These audio dramas are set in the time and place of the original Survivors (1975-1977) and NOT in the world of the Survivors remake (2008-2010).

Big Finish - Survivors - Series One - CD cover

Big Finish – Survivors – Series One – CD cover

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