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Falling Skies renewed for fifth and final season

Posted by Rich Cross on September 21, 2014

Alien invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final series.

Noah Wyle, who’s played the lead role of resistance fighter Tom Mason since the first episode, commented:

We’re still here, and we’ll be back for a fifth and final season, So rarely in television do you get to choose your own ending. […] You get to give the fans a sense of completion to the narrative that you’ve played out. Getting to wrap up these storylines and have these characters reach their natural conclusions… I think it’ll be satisfying for everybody.

Fans of the 2008-2010 series of Survivors can only reflect once again that that series was not afforded a similar opportunity.

In the UK, the current run of series four of Falling Skies concludes on the Fox channel with a double episode on 24 September starting at 22:00.

Production on series five was halted for several days on 15 September when a security guard was killed after being struck by a vehicle on set in the suburb of Burnaby in Vancouver, Canada.


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Big Finish to release audio-book version of original Survivors novel

Posted by Rich Cross on September 20, 2014

Audio-drama specialists Big Finish have confirmed their intention to release an audio-book version of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel – the book which was the inspiration and source material for the 2008-2010 BBC Survivors TV series. The audio version will be read by Carolyn Seymour (who played Abby Grant in the original 1975 TV version). Survivors: Audiobook of Novel will be released as a 6-disc CD set and as a digital download in December 2014. Both formats are available for pre-order.

Terry Nation’s Survivors novel – new audiobook

Big Finish are pleased to announce a release of the Survivors novel, written by series creator Terry Nation in 1976. Out in December it will be read by Carolyn Seymour – Abby Grant in the 1975 series, a role she reprised in a special appearance in Big Finish’s first Survivors release in June:

A deadly virus spreads across the world as quickly as the passenger jets that encircle it. Within weeks, most of the global population is dead.

The human race is thrown back into the dark ages. The few left alive must rely on the most basic skills to survive one day to the next.

Abby Grant ventures out into a strange new England, her husband dead, the fate of her son unknown. Jenny Richards flees London. Engineer Greg Preston arrives from abroad. Desperate lone travellers come together, their instinct to form a community, even if that means rebuilding civilisation from scratch. But not all who are left have such high ideals…

And while she has the chance of a new beginning, Abby cannot settle until she knows the truth. Has her son survived?

Survivors: Audiobook of Novel is available as a Download or 6-disc CD set, at a special pre-order price held until the end of December.

Survivors  - audio book of Terry Nation's  novel

Following the extremely well received first series of new audio dramas, based on the original TV series, Big Finish has committed to releasing a further two series of new and original audio stories; with series two scheduled for a June 2015 release.

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The Walking Dead secures spin-off TV series

Posted by Rich Cross on September 7, 2014

Executives for the AMC network have confirmed that the putative spin-off series for the hugely successful post-apocalyptic zombie serial The Walking Dead will be going into production, probably arriving on US and UK TV screens in 2015.

The planned companion series will “focus on other parts of the world coping with the zombie apocalypse.”

The show’s creators shared their plans with the BBC’s Newsbeat (6 September). “There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” said Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comic books.

“Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.”

“I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave (Erickson, co-creator) and I have been cooking up for this new version of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”

AMC President Charlie Collier adds: “Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most.”

The fourth series of The Walking Dead delivered the strongest ratings ever for the show, reinforcing its position as one of the network’s strongest performers. It is currently the most-watched post-apocalyptic drama on TV.

Series five of The Walking Dead will begin screening on the Fox channel in the UK on Monday 13 October 2014.

The Walking Dead - Season 5 - 2014

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