Tonight on ABC at 9pm, Resurrection, the no more zombies paranormal series **** Four Stars
by Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2014/3/16 – “That book obviously is the impetus for the story but it is very much just a starting point,” says ABC Resurrection executive producer Aaron Zelman. “Half the characters in the show are not in the book, so as to give the series more of an engine.”
Resurrection is very loosely based on the bestselling book The Returned by Jason Mott. In Resurrection people who have died are resurrecting as living people. There are no zombies. The people left behind after they died are now confronted with people they mourned for. The most extreme is a child Jacob (Landon Gimenez) who died 32 years previously trying to save his aunt Barbara from drowning in the river. Unfortunately, both perished.
At the end of the first episode there’s a surprise. Will the show become dark and sinister or will it test people’s beliefs that there is a second chance at life? Why these people and why this town of Arcadia? Are others coming back to this town or around the world? Yes, it sparks our imagination and we wonder what will happen next. Resurrection opened strongly, flanked by two powerhouse shows for ABC Once Upon a Time and Revenge.
The networks have done very well with their paranormal shows. How many more will follow?
ABC, Sunday nights at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time.
Produced by ABC Studios. Developed by Aaron Zelman; Mr. Zelman, Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, JoAnn Alfano, Dan Attias, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Jon Liebman, executive producers.
WITH: Omar Epps (J. Martin Bellamy), Frances Fisher (Lucille Langston), Matt Craven (Fred Langston), Devin Kelley (Maggie Langston), Mark Hildreth (Pastor Tom Hale), Samaire Armstrong (Elaine Richards), Sam Hazeldine (Caleb Richards), Landon Gimenez (Jacob) and Kurtwood Smith (Henry Langston).
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