Resurrection (U.S. TV series)

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This article is about the television adaptation of the novel The Returned by Jason Mott. For the French television show of the same name, see The Returned.
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Based on The Returned 
by Jason Mott
Developed by Aaron Zelman
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s) Christopher Cooke
Location(s) Norcross, Georgia
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original run March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) – present
External links

Resurrection is an American fantasy drama television series about dead people who return to life. The series is based on the book The Returned by Jason Mott.[1][2] The series is being co-produced by ABC Studios and Plan B Entertainment, led by Brad Pitt, Aaron Zelman, JoAnn Alfano, Jon Liebman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Michele Fazekas, and Tara Butters. The pilot episode, named after the book on which the series is based, was ordered to series on May 10, 2013[3] and was placed on the schedule as a limited run during the 2013–14 television season.[4] The series premiered on March 9, 2014.[5] Resurrection was the first series on ABC to show success in the Sunday 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central timeslot since Desperate Housewives outperformed Revenge in the 2011-2012 season.

On May 8, 2014, ABC confirmed that Resurrection had been renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 28, 2014.[6][7]


The series follows the residents of Arcadia, Missouri, whose lives are upended when their loved ones return from the dead, unaged since their deaths. Among the returned is Jacob Langston (Landon Gimenez), an eight-year old boy who drowned in 1982. Having been found alive in China, Jacob is brought back to America by an immigration agent named J. Martin ("Marty") Bellamy (Omar Epps), who defies orders and returns Jacob to his parents, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille (Frances Fisher). Jacob's surprise return inspires his uncle Arcadia Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven) and his daughter Dr. Maggie Langston (Devin Kelley), whose wife/mother drowned and had been falsely reported to have been trying to rescue the boy, to learn more about this mystery. Caleb Richards (Sam Hazeldine), the father of Maggie's best friend Elaine Richards (Samaire Armstrong), becomes the second Arcadia resident to return, and he warns that there are many more to follow.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Kathleen Munroe as Rachael Braidwood
  • Kevin Sizemore as Gary Humphrey
  • James Tupper as Dr. Eric Ward
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Dr. Toni Willis
  • Travis Young as Ray Richards
  • Veronica Cartwright as Helen Edgerton
  • Lori Beth Sikes as Janine Hale
  • April Billingsley as Barbara Langston
  • Ned Bellamy as Sam Catlin
  • Jwaundace Candece as Mrs. Camille Thompson
  • Shawn Shepard as Mr. Wallace Thompson
  • Nadej Bailey as Jenny Thompson
  • Christopher Berry as Deputy Carl Enders
  • Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston (season 2)[8]
  • Donna Murphy as Elegant Woman/Angela Forrester (season 2)
  • Kyle Secor as Brian Addison (season 2)
  • T.J. Linnard as Michael Kirk (season 2)


Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Average viewers
(in millions)
1 8 March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04) #11 12.96[9]
2 13[10] September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)[11] TBA TBA

Development and production[edit]

In January 2013, ABC ordered the project to pilot status[12] and in March brought in Charles McDougall as director as part of a two-year deal he signed with ABC Studios.[13] On March 7, 2013, ABC released its list of potential hour-long pilot pick-ups, with the title changed to Forever.[14] The title changed again after ABC ordered it to series in May 2013.[15]


Critical reception[edit]

Resurrection scored 60 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 29 reviews, indicating a "mixed or average" response.[16] Another review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 52% rating with an average rating of 5.7 out of 10, based on 33 reviews.[17]

Overall ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Sunday 9:00 PM
March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)
May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)
8.16[19] 2014 #11 12.96[9]
2 13[20]
September 28, 2014
Spring 2015
2014–15 TBA TBA



In Canada, the series is simsubbed on City.

In Latin America the series aired on AXN on May 20, 2014.


In Israel, it is aired by Yes on the Yes Drama channel.

In Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia & Singpore the series airs on Lifetime Asia, starting May 12, 2014.

In Japan, the series airs on Dlife.


In Denmark, the series premiered on June 2, 2014 at 08:00 PM, on Kanal 5.

In Ireland, the series will be aired as part of the summer schedule of rte two

In Italy, the series aired on RAI 2 from May 12, 2014 (Episodes 1-2-3, audience 2.16 million viewers), May 19, 2014 (Episodes 4-5-6, audience 1.72 million viewers), May 26, 2014 (Episodes 7-8, audience 1.83 million viewers).

In the Netherlands the series will air on SBS 6 starting on October 6, 2014.[22]

In Norway the series airs Thursdays at 21:30 on TVNorge, starting May 2014.

In Portugal the series will air on AXN starting April 1, 2014.

In Spain, the series airs on Sony Pictures Entertainment's AXN from March 21, 2014, after 10 pm.[23] and then on Telecinco

In Sweden the series airs Mondays at 21:00 local time on Kanal 5, starting July 14, 2014.

In Turkey the series airs on Dizimax Sci-Fi, started May 2014

In the UK, the series will debut on Watch from August 18, 2014[24]


In Australia, the series airs on the Seven Network, premiering on March 25, 2014, at 8:45 pm.[25] Its debut episode was the highest rating series premiere for two years in Australia, attracting an audience of 1.9 million mainland capital city viewers (beating previous record holder Revenge whose first episode reached 2.06 million viewers), and topping all three key advertising demographics.[26]

In New Zealand it premiered on TVNZ's TV2 on Wednesday July 16, 2014.[27]

Home media release[edit]

ABC and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment scheduled the release of the first season of Resurrection in DVD format for June 10, 2014.[28] The two-disc set features all eight episodes and bonus features, such as "On Location in Georgia", "Resurrection: Building a Mystery", bloopers, and deleted scenes.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richardson, Lance (March 7, 2014). "Resurrection Is Based on The Returned, but Not the One You Think". Slate. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Eng, Joyce (March 6, 2014). "Resurrection Bosses: The Dead's Return Is Not About "Why," But "What If?"". TV Guide. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Keveney, Bill (May 10, 2013). "ABC adds 12 shows, including 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'Lucky 7'". USA Today. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ ""Grey's," "Scandal," "Once" to Air Split Seasons; "Betrayal," "Resurrection" Billed as Limited Series". The Futon Critic. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 4, 2013). "ABC Announces Premiere Dates for 'Resurrection' and 'The Quest' Plus Spring Split Season Return Dates". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8, 2014). "(Updated) 'Modern Family', 'The Middle,' 'The Goldbergs', 'Once Upon a Time', 'Castle', 'Scandal', Grey's Anatomy', 'Revenge', 'Agents of SHIELD' & 'Resurrection' Renewed by ABC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 15, 2014). "ABC Annouces Fall Premiere Dates". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Game of Thrones star Michelle Fairley returns to TV in a season-long arc on ABC's Resurrection". American Broadcasting Company. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Deadline Team, The (May 23, 2014). "Full 2013-14 Series Rankings". Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 23, 2014). "‘Black-ish’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Castle’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & Others Get Extra Episodes At ABC". Deadline. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference Futon was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2013). "ABC Picks Up Comedy 'Pulling', Dramas From McG, David Zabel & Brad Pitt". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2013). "Charles McDougall Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios, Will Direct 'The Returned' Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "2013 ABC Program Development Guide — Drama Series". The Futon Critic. April 4, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Development Update: Friday, May 10 - Four More Make the Cut at ABC". The Futon Critic. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Resurrection : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Resurrection: Season 1 (2014)". Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Resurrection', 'Once Upon a Time' & 'The Amazing Race' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 6, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time', The Simpsons', 'Dateline' & 'Resurrection' Adjusted Up; 'The Good Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ Fisher, Frances (June 5, 2014). "Frances Fisher Twitter Status". Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 13, 2014). "Premiere Week Live+7 Ratings: NBC, CBS Win Network Race, ‘Gotham’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Lead DVR Gains". Deadline. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Over Resurrection - SBS6". SBS6. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ AXN - Resurrection
  24. ^ "Watch Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Resurrection’". TVWise. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Airdate: Resurrection". TV Tonight. March 17, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Beats MKR: Resurrection a ratings blockbuster for Seven". Sydney Morning Herald. March 26, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Airdate: Resurrection". TV2. July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  28. ^ Lambert, David (March 17, 2014). "Resurrection - ABC/Disney Announces 'Season 1' with Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Kurtwood Smith". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  29. ^ Lambert, David (May 8, 2014). "Resurrection - ABC/Disney's Formal Press Release for 'The Complete 1st Season'". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 

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