Resurrection (U.S. TV series)

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Resurrection
Resurrection 2013 logo.jpg
Genre
Based on The Returned
by Jason Mott
Developed by Aaron Zelman
Starring
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Pieter A. Schlosser
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s) Norcross, Georgia[1]
Cinematography
Editor(s) Christopher Cooke
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original release March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) – January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)
External links
Website

Resurrection is an American fantasy drama television series about dead people who return to life. It is based on Jason Mott's novel The Returned (2013).[2][3] It was 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, and aired from March 9, 2014 to January 25, 2015. On May 7, 2015, ABC cancelled it after two seasons.[4]

Premise[edit]

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 the United States 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 Fred's daughter Dr. Maggie Langston (Devin Kelley), whose wife/mother drowned while allegedly 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
  • Sam Hazeldine as Caleb Richards (season 1)
  • Jwaundace Candece as Mrs. Camille Thompson
  • Shawn Shepard as Mr. Wallace Thompson
  • Nadej Bailey as Jenny Thompson
  • Christopher Berry as Deputy Carl Enders
  • Glenn Fleshler as Mikey Enders (season 2)
  • Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston (season 2)[5]
  • Donna Murphy as Elegant Woman/Angela Forrester (season 2)
  • Kyle Secor as Brian Addison (season 2)
  • T.J. Linnard as William Kirk (season 2)
  • Jim Parrack as Preacher James Goodman (season 2)

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankAverage viewers
(in millions)
18March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)1112.96[6]
213September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)816.93[7]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Returned"Charles McDougallAaron ZelmanMarch 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)13.90[8]
22"Unearth"Dan AttiasThomas SchnauzMarch 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)11.25[9]
33"Two Rivers"Kevin DowlingNicki PalugaMarch 23, 2014 (2014-03-23)9.51[10]
44"Us Against the World"Ron UnderwoodNathaniel HalpernMarch 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)8.39[11]
55"Insomnia"Christopher MisianoMichele Fazekas & Tara ButtersApril 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)8.05[12]
66"Home"Scott WinantJessica MecklenburgApril 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)7.46[13]
77"Schemes of the Devil"Dan AttiasNathan Louis JacksonApril 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)7.85[14]
88"Torn Apart"Dan AttiasAaron ZelmanMay 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)8.16[15]

Season 2 (2014–15)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
91"Revelation"Christopher MisianoAaron ZelmanSeptember 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)8.38[16]
102"Echoes"Dan LernerStephanie Sengupta & Nicki PalugaOctober 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)6.74[17]
113"Multiple"Ron UnderwoodTony Basgallop & Nathan Louis JacksonOctober 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)5.55[18]
124"Old Scars"John Stuart ScottPat Charles & Nathaniel HalpernOctober 19, 2014 (2014-10-19)5.07[19]
135"Will"Stephen CraggMichele Fazekas & Tara ButtersOctober 26, 2014 (2014-10-26)4.36[20]
146"Afflictions"Christopher MisianoStephanie SenguptaNovember 2, 2014 (2014-11-02)4.99[21]
157"Miracles"Colin BuckseyTony BasgallopNovember 9, 2014 (2014-11-09)4.58[22]
168"Forsaken"Constantine MakrisNicki PalugaNovember 30, 2014 (2014-11-30)3.66[23]
179"Aftermath"Kevin DowlingSteve CwikDecember 7, 2014 (2014-12-07)3.98[24]
1810"Prophecy"Christopher MisianoAaron ZelmanJanuary 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)4.10[25]
1911"True Believer"Vincent MisianoPat CharlesJanuary 11, 2015 (2015-01-11)3.10[26]
2012"Steal Away"Félix AlcaláNathan Louis JacksonJanuary 18, 2015 (2015-01-18)3.29[27]
2113"Loved in Return"Dan AttiasNathaniel HalpernJanuary 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)3.73[28]

Development and production[edit]

In January 2013, ABC ordered the project to pilot status[29] and in March brought in Charles McDougall as director as part of a two-year deal he signed with ABC Studios.[30] On March 7, 2013, ABC released its list of potential hour-long pilot pick-ups, with the title changed to Forever.[31] The title changed again after ABC ordered it to series in May 2013.[32]

On May 7, 2015, ABC announced that it had cancelled Resurrection after two seasons. The network cited low ratings as the reason for its cancellation. It was high-rated in its first season, but saw a big drop in ratings in its second season. Resurrection produced by ABC Studios was one of the biggest cancellations for ABC along with two other shows Cristela and the Ioan Gruffudd drama Forever.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Resurrection scored 60 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 29 reviews, indicating a "mixed or average" response.[33] Another review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 52% rating with an average rating of 5.7 out of 10, based on 33 reviews.[34]

Season ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Sunday 9:00 pm 8 March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09) 13.90[35] May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04) 8.16[36] 2013–14 11 9.32[37]
2 13 September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) 7.55[16] January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) 3.73[38] 2014–15 81 4.73[39]

Broadcast[edit]

In Australia, the series premiered on March 25, 2014 on Seven Network.[40] 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 in 2012) and 2.82 million viewers nationally. It also topped all three key advertising demographics.[41] The second season premiered on February 22, 2015, at the new time of 10:30 p.m. every Sunday.[42] The second season premiered to 112,000 in a new time slot and consequently was the lowest ratings for the series.[43] In New Zealand, it premiered on July 16, 2014 on TV2.[44]

In Canada, the series was simsubbed on Citytv for the first season and CTV for subsequent seasons.[45][46]

In Ireland, the series debuted in summer 2014 on RTÉ Two.[47] In the United Kingdom, the show began airing on pay-TV channel, Watch on August 18, 2014.[48] The second season premiered on March 19, 2015.[49]

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.[50] 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.[51]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Filming for “Resurrection” returns to Norcross", by Joshua Sharpe, Gwinnett Daily Post
  2. ^ Richardson, Lance (March 7, 2014). "Resurrection Is Based on The Returned, but Not the One You Think". Slate. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Eng, Joyce (March 6, 2014). "Resurrection Bosses: The Dead's Return Is Not About "Why," But "What If?"". TV Guide. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "'Forever', 'Cristela', 'Resurrection' & 'The Taste' Cancelled by ABC". TVByTheNumbers. May 7, 2015. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
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  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 28, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon A Time' & 'The Good Wife' Adjusted Up; '60 Minutes' Adjusted Down & Final Sports Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
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  22. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 11, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Simpsons' & 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
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  24. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 9, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The SImpsons' & 'Family Guy' Adjusted Up, '60 Minutes' Adjusted Down & Final Football Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
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