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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – July 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on July 13, 2016

Containment - promo

Containment

The first of episode of new virus-outbreak drama Containment has its UK premiere on E4 tonight (13 July 2016) at 21:00 (and thereafter on all4 catch-up services).

Described as a “tense US drama exploring what happens when a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, Georgia, and a quarantine covering a vast urban area is quickly enforced”, Containment is an American TV remake of the Belgium television mini-series Cordon (which was shown on BBC Four in 2015).

The twelve-episode series is in mid-season in the US, but makers the CW network confirmed in May 2016 that it would not be renewing the show for a second series. It has not yet been confirmed if the current (and now only) run concludes with an unresolved cliff-hanger, or whether the show provides a degree of resolution in its final episode

The Last Ship

Season three of post-apocalyptic US Navy drama The Last Ship begins screening in the UK on Sky One on 17 July 2016 at 20:00. The series continues to following the efforts of the captain and crew of the USS Nathan James to restore civilisation and discover a vaccine that can protect the remaining survivors of a pandemic. Transmission of the opening episode of the third series in the US was scheduled for 12 June, but was delayed for a week, due to the inclusion of a shooting scene in a nightclub (the Orlando nightclub shooting outrage occurred earlier the same day).

The Last Ship - season three

The Last Man on Earth

Acerbic post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth was renewed for a third season in March 2016. Transmission of series three begins in the US on 25 September 2016. No UK transmission date has yet been announced; but series one and two were shown on cable channel Dave.

The Walking Dead

Season seven of the the hugely successful zombie post-apocalyptic serial The Walking Dead will broadcast in the UK in the autumn of 2016 (taking its now traditional mid-season break part way through the run, and returning in the spring of 2017). The show is continuing to expand its reach into new areas of the entertainment industry, and may be the first post-apocalyptic TV show ever to secure its own theme-park ‘ride’. ‘The Walking Dead Attraction‘ is now open at the Universal Studios Hollywood site, and is a ‘walk-through experience’ (visitors travel on-foot through an extensive ‘set’, encountering zombies and other threats as they progress). A brief video promo gives a hint of what’s in store for visitors.

Fear the Walking Dead

In the UK, series two of spin-off show Fear the Walking Dead is broadcast on the AMC channel, only available to BT TV customers; but is also available on paid-for streaming video services. After a mid-season break, the remaining episodes of series two begin transmission on AMC (in the UK) on 22 August 2016. In April 2016, AMC confirmed that it had commissioned a third series of Fear the Walking Dead.

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The 100 – series three – starts on E4 on 17 February 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2016

Series three of high-concept US post-apocalyptic drama The 100 premieres in the UK on the E4 Channel at 21:00 on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

The series follows the exploits of one hundred juvenile prisoners who are exiled from a failing space station (‘the Ark’) and returned to the abandoned planet earth to see if it might be habitable once again.

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Belgian TV drama Cordon on BBC Four

Posted by Rich Cross on June 27, 2015

The first two episodes of a new ten-part Belgian ‘viral thriller’ air on BBC Four this evening (27 June 2015, 21:00-22:40). Cordon follows the plight of a group of Antwerp residents who find themselves sealed off as authorities attempt to contain the spread of a killer virus.

Cordon is a new series from Belgium. Everyday life in the centre of Antwerp comes to a sudden standstill when the area is hermetically sealed off from the outside world. The cause is a contagious and deadly virus which spreads like wildfire.

The people trapped inside the cordon are suddenly left to their own devices. It brings out the very best in them, but also the worst… Cordon will be broadcast on BBC Four from Saturday 27th June.

BBC Four will air the remaining eight episodes on Saturday evenings (from 4 July). On 2 February 2015, the American The CW channel announced that it had commissioned the pilot for an American remake of Cordon renamed as Containment, set in the US city of Atlanta. A full series was given the go ahead on 7 May 2015.

Cordon - BBC Four - June 2015

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The Walking Dead – Season five – begins 13 October 2014

Posted by Rich Cross on October 6, 2014

AMC have released new trailers to promote season five of zombie post-apocalyptic serial The Walking Dead which begins on 13 October at 22:00 on the FOX channel in the UK (the day after it screens in the US).

The Walking Dead: Hunt

The Walking Dead: You Are Not Safe

Season four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.

Season five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them:

After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…

Who do they become?

Also available on YouTube are 13 original ‘webisodes’ set in the universe of The Walking Dead TV series.

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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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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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Amazon revives cancelled BBC One show Ripper Street

Posted by Rich Cross on March 1, 2014

The Victorian crime drama Ripper Street, cancelled by the BBC due to falling viewing figures after two series, is to return to BBC screens for a third series following a deal with Amazon.

The announcement of the deal with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service delighted fans of the series who had been lobbying the BBC to reverse its cancellation decision.

Amazon will cover the majority of the production costs, in return for the rights to premiere the series on Prime Instant Video. The BBC will retain the right to broadcast the show on BBC One some time later. Co-funding arrangements with BBC America and the Irish Film Board will also remain in place.

The BBC indicated that series three would retain the previous eight-episode format, and be produced on a similar budget to the first two series.

BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson commented: “This is an exceptional opportunity to bring back Ripper Street for a third series by working with the right partners […] This deal gives fans another series of the show they love at excellent value to the licence fee payer.”

The BBC News story commented:

Similar deals of its kind are not expected to follow. However, Amazon’s Tim Leslie said if audiences loved a cancelled show and wanted to bring it back, they would consider it.

Actress MyAnna Buring, who plays Long Susan, said fan reaction was “incredibly moving” in response to the BBC’s decision not to recommission the show.

“I don’t think without that kind of response everyone would have been inspired to create a deal like this,” she added.

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The Walking Dead – season four, part two – premiers in UK on 10 February 2014

Posted by Rich Cross on February 9, 2014

The second part of season four of post-apocalyptic zombie serial The Walking Dead premiers (in the UK) on the Fox cable channel at 21:00 on Monday 10 February 2014 (the day after US transmission), continuing weekly thereafter for the remainder of the season.

It was confirmed in October 2013 that the show had been commissioned for a fifth series.

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AMC renews The Walking Dead for a fifth series

Posted by Rich Cross on November 2, 2013

With only a handful of series four episodes broadcast, AMC has already announced that it has renewed zombie post-apocalyptic TV series The Walking Dead for a fifth series. Making what AMC president Charlies Collier called “one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever”, he confirmed that the opening episode of series four “broke viewership records […] and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.” Given such numbers, non-renewal was simply not an option.

Collier also revealed plans for a spin-off series “based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.”

In the UK, series four of The Walking Dead continues on the FOX cable channel at 22:00 on Fridays.

The full statement from AMC explains the background:

AMC Renews The Walking Dead for a Fifth Season

AMC announced today (29 October) that it has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. The number one show on television among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead returned for a fourth season earlier this month and the premiere episode set a new record for the series, delivering 20.2 million viewers, live+3, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a new record for any non-sports cable telecast.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”

For Season 5, Scott Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also recently announced that it is developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead - Season 4

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) – The Walking Dead – Season 4

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Survivors being shown on the streaming Hulu service

Posted by Rich Cross on October 13, 2013

Series one and two of Survivors are now available for streaming download on the Hulu service (only currently available in the US). Hulu is an alternative and competitor to the Netflix service (which also offers Survivors for online streaming).

Until 17 October 2013, all six episodes of series one are available free (to US residents registering to use the service).

Hulu - Survivors series one and two

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Remake of Terry Nation’s Blake’s 7 takes new turn

Posted by Rich Cross on August 17, 2013

The tortuous story of the long-running plan to revive and remake Survivors‘ creator Terry Nation’s space drama Blake’s 7 has taken yet another turn this week.

In April 2013 it was announced that FremantleMedia International would produce a 13-episode series remake of Blake’s 7 to be broadcast of the cable channel SyFy. This was to be a ‘re-imagining’ of the original (1978-81) show.

On Thursday 15 August, the Financial Times, BBC News and Digital Spy all reported that these plans had been shelved. Instead it was announced that the revival of Blake’s 7 would now be funded by Microsoft, with the series airing on the Xbox Live service. The London-based Motion Picture Capital company was reported to have taken over responsibility for the show’s development.

Digital Spy suggests the development is “part of Microsoft’s ambition to reposition Xbox as an ‘entertainment hub’, and to directly compete with other online subscription services.”

However, a Freemantle spokesman told BBC News that it was “not aware of any deal” with Microsoft, while both Microsoft and Motion Picture Capital declined to comment. Rights owner Andrew Mark Sewell told BBC News: “When we have news to report, we’ll let everyone know.” It seems clear that position remains far from settled.

Blake’s 7 was the show that Terry Nation created shortly after his departure from the original Survivors at the end of series one in 1975. Later in his career, Nation sought to get an American network to revive Blake’s 7, as he also (unsuccessfully) attempted to do with Survivors.

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Season three of Falling Skies post-apocalyptic drama – UK premiere on 16 July

Posted by Rich Cross on July 9, 2013

The third season of alien-invasion post-apocalyptic TV drama Falling Skies premieres on the FOX channel in the UK at 21:00 on 16 July 2013.

Falling Skies - season three

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi epic Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle, is back to invade our TV screens on Tuesday 16 July at 9pm First on FOX.

Last season, you witnessed the 2nd Mass battle a whole new breed of otherworldly creatures as they embarked on a desperate mission to defeat the Overlord and thwart the alien operations altogether.

However, they soon came face-to-face with an even bigger threat.

As the new season opens, seven months have passed since the survivors of the 2nd Mass reached Charleston, which has been named capital of the New United States.

And there have been some changes…

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Online spin-off series from Zombieland movie cancelled – after poorly received pilot

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

Despite the current popularity of a wide range of post-apocalyptic serial dramas, the genre is still not immune from abrupt cancellations.

As a follow-up to the 2009 big-screen, post-apocalyptic ‘zombie comedy’ Zombieland, Amazon commissioned a pilot for an online-only Zombieland series in early 2013, with a view to producing a full episodic spin-off show.

Director of Amazon Studios Roy Price was enthused by the prospects for the online network’s new commission (one of 13 prospective series given the pilot treatment), reporting that: “Zombieland is a fan favourite and we can’t wait to see where this storyline goes in a serialised format.”

The trailer for the pilot (see below) generated a lot of interest in the new show, and confirmed that the series would retain the same mix of gore, horror and comedy as the original film:

 


 

However, the pilot, co-written by the original Zombieland screenplay writer Rhett Reese, was not well received, and Amazon cancelled all plans for the series, which will now not go into production. Says Reese: “I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence […] Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.”

The pilot episode is available to watch in-full online (for free) on the LoveFilm platform, and – in the USA – through Amazon Instant Video.

 

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The Walking Dead season four – video preview with cast and production team

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

Cable television channel AMC has produced a video preview for season four of the acclaimed post-apocalyptic zombie TV drama The Walking Dead, which will be broadcast in the US in the autumn of 2013 (UK transmission dates have not yet been confirmed).

The preview which includes ***many series three spoilers***, features interviews with cast and crew, and gives some indications as to the themes and ideas likely to frame the upcoming season. Please be aware that, in keeping with the show itself, the preview contains numerous scenes of gore of horror.

 


 

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Falling Skies – season three – trailer

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

TNT have released a two-and-a-half minute trailer for season three of alien-invasion, post-apocalyptic TV drama Falling Skies.

Please be advised that the trailer contains ***numerous spoilers*** about upcoming events in the season.

The first episode of the new series will be screened in the US on Sunday 9 June 2013. Transmission dates in the UK have yet to be confirmed
 



 

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – March 2013

Posted by Rich Cross on March 25, 2013

The Walking Dead continues to be the most critically acclaimed of the new wave of post-apocalyptic dramas now screening. Transmission of series three paused in the autumn on 2012, and recommenced in February 2013. In the UK, The Walking Dead has been shown on on the Fox channel (previously FX), with new episodes airing every Friday evening. Series three will conclude its UK transmission in April 2013. The AMC cable TV channel, which produces the show, confirmed in December 2012 that The Walking Dead had been renewed for a fourth season. Two spin-off computer games have been released, beginning with Telltale Games five-episode The Walking Dead for PS3, Xbox, and iPad in 2012, and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct for PS3 and Xbox in March 2013.

Renewed in 2012 for a third series, alien-invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies will return to US TV screens on cable channel TNT in June 2013. It is expected that Falling Skies will be shown in the UK on the Fox Channel this summer. The first in a series of Falling Skies graphic novels was published in 2011, with the follow-up The Battle of Fitchburg following in October 2012.

Cancelled post-apocalyptic TV show Jericho is continuing a canonical life in print. A graphic novelisation of ‘series three’ entitled Civil War was published in 2011, with a novelisation of ‘series four’ scheduled for publication in July 2013.

The pilot for new post-apocalyptic drama series Revolution broadcast in the US in September 2012, with a further nine episodes showing before the end of the year. After a winter break, the remaining ten episodes of series one began transmission on the NBC Network in late March 2013. The series has been licensed for transmission in the UK by Sky, and the pilot will air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD on 29 March 2013, with the remaining 19 episodes of series one being shown weekly on Fridays. There has been no word yet on the prospect of the series being renewed for a second season.
 

 

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Survivors shown on Portuguese pay-TV station Black AXN

Posted by Rich Cross on February 18, 2013

The number of countries in which Survivors has now been shown continues to grow with the show’s broadcast on Portuguese pay-TV station Black AXN

Series one of Survivors was shown in December 2012, with series two premiering this month (February 2013) on Saturday evenings.

Survivors - ANX Portugal - 2012-13

Survivors – ANX Portugal – 2012-13

 
The AXN trailer (with Porteguese subtitles) for series one is available on YouTube.
 

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Survivors series one and two available on BT Vision

Posted by Rich Cross on December 31, 2012

Both series of Survivors are now available for viewing (in the UK) on the BT Vision service, as part of one of the service’s TV Packs or through a pay-per-view option (but are only available to BT Vision customers). All twelve episode were initially offered until today (31 December 2012), but their availability has now been extended to 27 February 2013 (and may be extended further).

Brief text-only listings for all episodes are provided, from episode one, series one to episode six, series two.

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Post-apocalyptic TV drama – new series and recommissions

Posted by Rich Cross on September 16, 2012

In the UK, Survivors may have been cancelled after two series, and Outcasts after just one, but in the US post-apocalyptic TV drama is continuing to enjoy an unexpected (and diverse) renaissance.

New dystopian, post-apocalyptic TV drama Revolution premieres in on NBC (in the US) on 17 September 2012. Created by Eric Kripke, and produced by Kripke, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Revolution is set in a near-future America, 15 years after a blackout (the cause of which is unknown) cut off all electric power, and brought modern civilisation to an end. The series focuses on the travails of the Matheson family, in a fractured, lawless and dangerous America now thrown back into a pre-industrial era.

Revolution - NBC drama - premieres September 2012

Revolution – NBC drama – premieres September 2012

Revolution

What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, Revolution is also about family – both the family you’re born into and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, Being Human), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers, Memphis Beat). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke, The Twilight Saga), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if – or how – it will ever return.

‘About Revolution’. NBC.com. http://www.nbc.com/revolution/about/. 16 September 2012.

A 4min 21s preview (containing lots of ***spoilers***) for Revolution is available to watch (in the UK, as well as US) – and has already secured close on 9m views on YouTube.


 

Meanwhile, the third (sixteen episode) series of critically-acclaimed zombie drama The Walking Dead premieres in the USA on October 14 2012, and will be broadcast in the UK on the FX channel (transmission dates still to be confirmed).

In addition, broadcast of series two of alien-invasion drama Falling Skies concluded on the FX channel in August 2012. As previously announced, a third series of Falling Skies has been commissioned, and production is now well underway, with broadcast in the US and UK assured.

Earlier in the year, the Digital Spy site reported that streaming film and TV rental specialists NetFlix were in discussion to revive cancelled US post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, following a strong rental showing for the CBS drama.

One exception to the current trend of successful post-apocalyptic commissioning is abortive end-of-the-world Day One, first announced back in the 2009-10 season. Day One was to offer drama set:

in the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world’s infrastructures, [following] a small band of survivors striving to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store. Told from the point of view of an eclectic group of neighbors in a Van Nuys, California apartment building, this journey of survival will show us that hope is found in the smallest of victories and heroes are born every day. From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias) and director Alex Graves (Fringe) comes this epic adventure that starts on Day One.

A pilot episode of a proposed 13-episode series was filmed, but the NBC network then opted to truncate the drama (first to a mini-series and then a standalone TV movie). It now appears that the ‘pilot’ of Day One will never be transmitted.

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The Walking Dead – series two – premieres on terrestrial Channel 5 in UK

Posted by Rich Cross on May 14, 2012

Series two of post-apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead premiered on terrestrial Channel 5 in the UK today (22:00, 14 May 2012), following its earlier showing on the FX cable and satellite channel.

Opening episode What Lies Ahead is available to view on the streaming Demand 5 service until 21 May.

Rick leads the group out of the Centre for Disease Control just before it blows itself sky high. The group hopes to find safety at a military base, but the road there is strewn with walkers and Sophia gets scared off the path…

The episode is repeated on 5* at 22:00 on 15 May and again at 22:00 on 19 May.

As previously reported, the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead has already been renewed for a third season.

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