NOS4A2 (TV series)

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NOS4A2
GenreSupernatural horror drama
Created byJami O'Brien
Based onNOS4A2
by Joe Hill
Starring
Opening theme"Carol of the Bells"
Composer(s)Mike Patton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jami O'Brien
  • Joe Hill
  • Kari Skogland
  • Lauren Corrao
Producer(s)Shana Fischer Huber
Production location(s)Providence, Rhode Island
West Warwick, Rhode Island
CinematographyMartin Ahlgren
Editor(s)Todd Desrosiers
Running time40–56 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkAMC
Original releaseJune 2, 2019 (2019-06-02) –
present (present)
External links
Website

NOS4A2 (pronounced Nosferatu) is an American supernatural horror drama television series, based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill, that premiered on June 2, 2019 on AMC.[1] The series was created by Jami O'Brien and stars Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

Premise[edit]

NOS4A2 follows Victoria "Vic" McQueen, a young working-class artist who discovers that she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland — a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic must strive to defeat Manx and rescue his victims — without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Rarmian Newton as Drew Butler
  • Darby Camp as Haley Smith

Episodes[edit]

The complete season became available on June 2, 2019, via AMC's on-demand service, AMC Premiere.[1]

No.Title [3]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [3]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Shorter Way"Kari SkoglandJami O'BrienJune 2, 2019 (2019-06-02)1.11[4]
The immortal 135-year-old Charlie Manx lures a child from his home in Here, Iowa into his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith bound for Christmasland, a magical place "where every day is Christmas and unhappiness is against the law". Meanwhile, Victoria "Vic" McQueen, a Haverhill, Massachusetts townie discovers her supernatural abilities when she is able to portal through an old covered bridge that was demolished long ago.
2"The Graveyard of What Might Be"Kari SkoglandMark RichardJune 9, 2019 (2019-06-09)0.89[5]
After crossing the Shorter Way bridge into Here, Iowa, Vic meets Maggie, a medium who uses Scrabble tiles to seek answers to the strange happenings. She explains that like her, Vic is a Strong Creative, a chosen one to find lost children who were kidnapped by Charlie Manx. Meanwhile, Manx visits Haverhill to find Vic but instead recruits school custodian Bing Partridge, who is eager to work in Christmasland and help Manx "rescue and recover" kids from their bad parents.
3"The Gas Mask Man"John ShibanMarcus GardleyJune 16, 2019 (2019-06-16)0.92[6]
Vic visits her dream art school RISD with her wealthy friends. Her dream seems out of reach without financial aid, so on Willa's advice, Vic forges her father's signature on a tax return. Back in Haverhill, Manx senses the presence of a Strong Creative, an old woman in the town's psychiatric ward, who used her roller skates as her "knife" to portal. With Bing Partiage's help, Manx trys to track down Vic by the Shorter Way bridge, but meets Vic's young neighbor, Haley, who is looking for her lost cat, Mittens. Later, Bing in a gas mask, gasses Haley's mother with sevoflurane and kidnaps Haley.
4"The House of Sleep"John ShibanMegan Mostyn-BrownJune 23, 2019 (2019-06-23)0.73[7]
Bing's childhood in Sugarcreek, Pennsylvania with his abusive father and his submissive mother comes into prospective about his adult life as a serial killer. As a teenager, when his father insults him for hanging the Christmas lights too slowly, Bing kills him with a nail gun. When his mother finds out, he mistakes her motherly behavior for romantic affection and ends up raping and killing her, as well. Bing, easily influenced by Manx, re-creates his crime by doing the same with Haley's mother, Sharon. The Shorter Way leads her to Bing's house where she discovers the evidence of her kidnapping in the basement. Later, Vic finds her corpse buried in dirt with a nail through her skull. Manx asks that he and Vic meet in person.
5"The Wraith"Tim SouthamLucy ThurberJune 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)0.74[8]
Manx lays out his plan for Vic; come to Christmasland and serve as a mother to all the kidnapped children. However, Vic vows to find it and burn the whole place down. Maggie finds the Wraith and the vanity license plate, but when Maggie touches the car, Manx senses it. The Wraith's ignition starts up and slams into Maggie. Vic is questioned by Tabitha Hutter, the detective on the case and she tells her the truth about Manx and his Wraith. Hutter suggests that Vic should be committed to a psych ward. After a little prodding from her dad, Vic signs a voluntary commitment form. 
6"The Dark Tunnels"Tim SouthamThomas BradyJuly 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)0.67[9]
In 1959, Saugus, Massachusetts, young Charlie Manx proposes to Strong Creative Jolene, a carhop at a drive-in. He wants to take her to Christmasland to be a family with all the children he's saved, but she refuses. In the mental ward, Vic is placed in the same room with an aged Jolene, who tells her about Manx. They're transported in Jolene's new knife, a wheelchair, to the Dark Tunnels, Jolene's Inscape where missing child posters dot the walls. Before she dies, Jolene uses her ability to destroy the Wraith's engine, which turns Manx into an old man. In order to leave the hospital, Vic tells the doctor that she made everything up. She asks Maggie, who got discharged, to team up again, but Maggie is done. She tosses her Scrabble bag into the trash and returns to Iowa.
7"Scissors for the Drifter"Jeremy WebbJami O'BrienJuly 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)0.66[10]
A vulnerable Manx finds himself dying and without the Wraith running. After Vic's mother sells her bike, Vic is without her knife and needs to access the Shorter Way to find Manx. She reaches Maggie but she's is no help and is abusing her pain pills. Vic heads to Bike Week with her father to look for another dirt bike, but cannot find one to connect with. Plus Vic's been getting calls only she can hear from the Christmasland kids who are hungry. Manx and Bing arrive at a scrap yard in Nebraska that has Wraith parts. The proprietress calls Sheriff Joe to report them and before the local police respond, Manx kills her, remembering taking her grandson many years ago. A sober Maggie wakes up in Joe's home to find his squad car's lights flashing outside. Manx kidnapped Joe to Christmasland to play a deadly game of Scissors for the Drifter.
8"Parnassus"Jeremy WebbMegan Mostyn-BrownJuly 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)TBD
9"Sleigh House"Hanelle CulpepperThomas BradyJuly 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)TBD
10"Gunbarrel"Stefan SchwartzJami O'BrienJuly 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)TBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On December 8, 2015, it was announced that AMC had put a television series adaptation of Joe Hill's novel NOS4A2 into development. It was reported that a search was underway for a writer to pen the adaptation. Production companies involved in the series were set to include The Tornante Company and AMC Studios.[11] On May 31, 2017, it was announced that AMC had opened a writers room for the series. Jami O'Brien was expected to lead the writers room and executive produce alongside Hill.[12]

On April 10, 2018, it was announced that AMC had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The previously announced creative team is still expected to be involved with the series. Additionally, it was reported that O'Brien will serve as showrunner and that Lauren Corrao will act as an executive producer.[2][13][14][15]

On March 30, 2019, it was announced that the series will premiere on June 2, 2019.[1]

Casting[edit]

On June 27, 2018, it was announced that Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach had been cast in main roles.[16] On July 5, 2018, it was reported that Jahkara Smith had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[17] On August 28, 2018, it was announced that Karen Pittman had been cast in a recurring role.[18] On September 13, 2018, it was reported that Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings had been cast in the series' two lead roles of Charlie Manx and Vic McQueen, respectively.[19] On October 12, 2018, it was announced that Rarmian Newton and Darby Camp had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[20] On December 17, 2018, it was reported that Ashley Romans would appear in a recurring role.[21]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On December 20, 2018, a promotional image from the series was released featuring Zachary Quinto in character as Charlie Manx.[22]

Premiere[edit]

The series held its world premiere during the 2019 South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2019, as a part of the festival's "Episodic Premieres" series of screenings.[23] The first episode premiered on AMC on June 2, 2019. While AMC will broadcast the episodes over a nine-week period, it made the entire series available for online streaming immediately on its AMC Premiere platform.[24]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% approval rating with an average score of 6.73/10, based on 23 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though Nos4a2 strains to build the necessary atmosphere to pull off its ambitious premise, it does capture the spirit of Joe Hill's singular work and provide a new psychopath for Zachary Quinto to sink his teeth into."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 47 out of 100 based on nine critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Shorter Way" June 2, 2019 0.3 1.11[4] 0.3 1.01 0.6 2.12[27]
2 "The Graveyard of What Might Be" June 9, 2019 0.2 0.89[5] 0.3 1.02 0.5 1.91[28]
3 "The Gas Mask Man" June 16, 2019 0.3 0.92[6] 0.2 0.82 0.5 1.74[29]
4 "The House of Sleep" June 23, 2019 0.2 0.73[7] 0.2 0.73 0.4 1.46[30]
5 "The Wraith" June 30, 2019 0.2 0.74[8] 0.2 0.76 0.4 1.50[31]
6 "The Dark Tunnels" July 7, 2019 0.2 0.67[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Scissors for the Drifter" July 14, 2019 0.2 0.66[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 Saturn Awards Best Horror Television Series NOS4A2 Pending [32]

References[edit]

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