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?
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.
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).
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).