Siren (TV series)

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Siren
Siren Logo.jpg
GenreDrama
Thriller
Fantasy
Mystery
Created byEric Wald
Dean White
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Emily Whitesell
  • Eric Wald
  • Dean White
  • Brad Luff
  • Nate Hopper
  • RD Robb
Producer(s)
  • Peter Lhotka
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • Stephen Jackson
  • Mark Chow
  • Brian Pearson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Siren (formerly known as The Deep[1]) is an American television drama series that premiered on Freeform on March 29, 2018.[2] The first season included 10 episodes.[3] In May 2018, the series was renewed for a 16-episode second season which premiered on January 24, 2019.[4]

On May 14, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season.[5]

Plot[edit]

The coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious young woman (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town to look for her captured sister (Sibongile Mlambo) who was abducted at the hands of the local military. Marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Alex Roe as Ben Pownall, a marine biologist who helps Ryn and is entranced by her melodious, irresistibly hypnotic siren song.
  • Eline Powell as Ryn Fisher, a strange young adult mermaid with a dark secret. She comes ashore in search of her sister who had been accidentally captured by fishermen of the North Star fishing vessel.
  • Ian Verdun as Xander McClure, a deep-sea fisherman who seeks to discover the truth about the existence of mermaids and mermen.
  • Fola Evans-Akingbola as Madeline "Maddie" Bishop, a marine biologist and Ben's girlfriend in season one. She is descended from the ancient Haida people. Her step-father is the sheriff of Bristol Cove. Her estranged mother is Susan, who returns after five months in Season 2.
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Donna (season 1), a mystical and deceptively powerful mermaid who is Ryn's older sister. She was unintentionally caught in a fishing net and taken by the military. She was killed, unintentionally, by Xander's gun.
  • Rena Owen as Helen Hawkins, an eccentric woman who seems to know much more about the merfolk than she claims. It is revealed that she is descended from merfolk and shares ancestry with Ben and the other Pownalls. She eventually learns that has had a long-lost relative from the Marzdan family, most of whom are known as hybrids.

Recurring[edit]

  • Chad Rook as Chris Mueller,[6] a fisherman who was taken to the military base after being injured by Donna.
  • Curtis Lum as Calvin, a fisherman who is also a friend and roommate of Xander.
  • Ron Yuan as Aldon Decker, an expert on mermaids that works for the military. He would be enthralled by Donna, a mermaid and Ryn's sister. He commits a suicide in Season 1 finale after Donna's death.
  • Gil Birmingham as Dale Bishop, the sheriff of the Bristol Cove Sheriff's Department and Maddie's stepfather. He is the third human to discover the existence of merpeople and becomes another ally.
  • Garcelle Beauvais as Susan Bishop (voiced season 1, season 2), [7] Maddie's estranged mother and Dale's ex-wife who tries to make amends with her estranged family.
  • David Cubitt as Ted Pownall, Ben's father, head of the town's fishery industry.
  • Sarah-Jane Redmond as Elaine Pownall, Ben's mother, who became paralyzed after a car accident several years earlier.
  • Tammy Gillis as Marissa Staub, the deputy of the Bristol Cove Sheriff's Department.
  • Hannah Levien as Janine, Calvin's girlfriend who is a bartender at the Siren's Song.
  • Andrew Jenkins as Doug Pownall, Ben's older brother.
  • Anthony Harrison as Admiral Harrison, the head of the military base in Season 1.
  • Natalee Linez as Nicole Martinez, a military replacement for Decker and girlfriend of Xander. She continues on Decker’s research on mermaids.
  • Aylya Marzolf as Katrina, a mermaid alpha leader who was twice defeated by Ryn in combat. She is the most fierce and independent of the colony, displaying brute force against both humans and mermaids if need be.
  • Sedale Threatt Jr. as Levi Fisher, a Merman warrior. He is mentored by Ben and considers him and Maddie his friends.
  • Hugo Ateo as Sarge, a merman protector who becomes infatuated with Helen Hawkins and she with him. He appears and dies in Season 2.
  • Millan Tesfazgi as Cami, a mermaid, daughter of the late Donna, and niece of Ryn who seeks revenge for her mother's death.
  • Alvina August as Viv, a brown-skinned mermaid from Ryn and Donna’s colony who is a close friend of Eliza.
  • Georgia Scarlet Waters as Eliza, a blonde mermaid from Ryn and Donna’s colony. She develops a kind of romantic attraction towards Rick Marzdan.
  • Brendan Fletcher as Rick Marzdan, a long-lost blood relative of Helen Hawkins. Just like her, he has merfolk blood in him and is revealed to have an estranged sister named Beth.

Guest[edit]

  • Brian Anthony Wilson as Sean McClure, Xander's father and captain of the fishing motorboat The North Star. He was killed by Levi in Season 1.
  • Luc Roderique as Ian Sutton (season 2), an environmentalist and news reporter who supports Ben and Maddie on bringing down the Klesco Oil Company for destroying marine life and their aquatic ecosystems in search for natural oil from the depths of the seas. He appears in "Primal instincts", "Oil and Water", "Entrapment" and "Leverage".

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)May 24, 2018 (2018-05-24)
216[8]January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)TBA

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [9]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [9]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Scott StewartStory by : Eric Wald & Dean White
Teleplay by : Eric Wald
March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)0.87[10]
Bristol Cove has been known for having been home to mermaids for many centuries. Stories about such marine creatures have been passed down to children in many generations. Marine biologist Ben Powell is forced to confront and believe the stories with the arrival of a strange young woman named Ryn, who is secretly a mermaid in search of her sister who has been captured, but struggles with lack of communication with humans. Ryn's sister Donna and Chris, a crew member and fisherman on board Bristol Cove's well-known fishing boat the "North Star", were captured by the military. When Ryn unexpectedly requires marine biologist Ben Powell and his girlfriend Maddie Bishop's aid to help her find her sister, things start to go downhill in the peaceful town of Bristol Cove, and the two are forced to work together to locate both Ryn's sister and Chris.
22"The Lure"Nick CopusEric WaldMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)0.87[10]
Ben, Xander, and Xander's father search the ocean in hopes of catching a mermaid to help locate Chris and solidify their belief that the government is hiding secrets within their walls. Aboard the North Star, Ben discovers a strange device in the water which emits the sounds of a mermaid that could lead to Chris. They decide to study it in case it is being tracked. After returning to shore, Ryn discovers Helen and manages to communicate that she is looking for her sister. At the Military lab, tests are being conducted using Ryn's sister's stem cells and they come upon a frightening conclusion that the mermaids are not all what they appear to be. Ben shows Maddie the video footage recorded in the seal den where he dived in the water to save Ryn but was met with her violence instead. Ben and Maddie take the strange device to Helen, which causes Ryn to become upset hearing her sister's painful screams. On the hunt for her sister, Ryn and Maddie are brought closer as she learns the ways of the humans and their stories.
33"Interview With a Mermaid"Jay KarasEmily WhitesellApril 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)0.62[11]
Dale and the local police's investigation starts pointing directly to Ryn. Ben and Maddie convince Ryn to let them do some basic medical tests on her while also getting to know more about her people. Meanwhile, Xander and Calvin's search for Chris heats up when they locate the nurse who works at the military bunker. Ryn then goes to a party where she learns more about trust.
44"On the Road"Steven A. AdelsonElle TriedmanApril 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)0.68[12]
Thanks to the mermaid Donna, Chris escapes from the military base as he makes his way back to Bristol Cove. Meanwhile, Ryn starts to show signs of dehydration from being away from the ocean too long, and Ben and Maddie race against time to try to get her back into the ocean.
55"Curse of the Starving Class"John BadhamMichael Gans & Richard RegisterApril 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)0.69[13]
Ryn and Donna return to Bristol Cove to seek out Ben when there is over-fishing in their waters due to "recently" relaxed government regulations. However, Donna is not trusting towards humans thanks to the torture she endured before she escaped. Ben and Maddie deduce that the government and military causing the overfishing, in order to catch more mermaids. Helen reveals to Donna a huge secret about herself.
66"Showdown"Martha CoolidgeHolly BrixApril 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)0.59[14]
As Donna befriends Helen during the constant overfishing, Ben has an encounter with Aldon Decker at his mother's charity event. During their conversation, Ben deduces that Decker has heard a siren's song before and that it's stuck in his head; hence why he's involved with the military to find them. Meanwhile, tensions between Donna and Ryn begin to flare as they are split over their opinions of humans: thanks to her time at the military base, Donna wants to kill them all but Ryn refuses to resort to needless bloodshed. As the two part ways, Donna returns to her colony, but Ryn gets caught by Marissa.
77"Dead in the Water"Nick CopusIan Sobel & Matt MorganMay 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)0.51[15]
Maddie rushes to the police station when she hears that Ryn was taken there by Marissa to be interrogated. As Ben and Xander return to the ocean with Sean to get some answers, they are attacked by some merpeople, and a tragedy occurs.
88"Being Human"Amanda TappingLiz MaccieMay 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)0.50[16]
Ryn learns a new emotion as all of Bristol Cove mourns the death of Sean following the incident on the ocean. Each of its citizens copes with Sean's death in various ways. Ryn also shares some information about her culture with Ben and Maddie. Xander stumbles across a big secret.
99"Street Fight"Joe MenendezZach AyersMay 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)0.62[17]
Donna comes ashore with the alpha female Katrina and a merman warrior named Levi in order to bring Ryn back to their home, but Katrina and Levi have other plans. Ryn explains to Ben the reason she is to be killed;it is due to the fear of another imminent genocide that happened before and the story of the child of a man and a mermaid. In light of the merpeople attacking Bristol Cove, Sheriff Bishop works to put an end to it, Meanwhile, Xander prepares himself to avenge the loss of his father. The town soon becomes a battleground as merpeople and humans clash for the first time.
1010"Aftermath"Nick CopusEric Wald & Emily WhitesellMay 24, 2018 (2018-05-24)0.66[18]
Following Donna succumbing to the gunshot wound caused by Xander, the siren song that Ben and Decker hear starts to take its toll on them. Aldon is found dead as a result and Ryn rescues Ben before he drowns. Meanwhile, Sheriff Bishop deals with the recent crime rise and has to explain the cause of it to the town council. Helen Hawkins also reveals the history of her family and her true heritage to Ben, Maddie, and Ryn; that she, like Ben, is descended from Charles Pownall and is one-eighth mermaid, as her ancestor was Charles's mermaid. Maddie also gets a surprise after she finally hears from her estranged mother, Susan. Ryn expresses regret as she realizes that her song has badly affected Ben and, indirectly, Maddie's relationship with him. She decides to leave Bristol Cove in order to let him recover.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [19]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [19]U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"The Arrival"Matt HastingsEmily WhitesellJanuary 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)0.71[20]
Madelyn's estranged mother, Susan, arrives in town, after a five-month absence, to a cold reception by her daughter. Xander feels remorse for the death of Donna. Sea lions at the marine conservation are acting weird. Whales are discovered on the beach. The council removes the sheriff from office. Ryn senses something is wrong and goes back into the ocean to investigate, find a dead mermaid and is hit by a strong sonic wave. Back on shore, Ben, Maddie and Ryn discover a dead mermaid in the midst of transformation and an injured Levi. A pack of merpeople, along with the dark-haired female from before, arrive in Helen's house. Lt. Nicole Martinez arrives in town and seduces Xander.
122"The Wolf at the Door"Amanda RowEric WaldJanuary 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)0.53[21]
Ben attends an addiction support group meeting in an attempt to cope with Ryn's siren song's hypnotically soothing affects. The pack learns about human interactions. Kelvin contacts a news organization to attempt to sell them the story about the existence of merpeople. The pack is starting to weaken from being away from water. While in the woods with the pack trying to hunt, Cami is attacked by a male wolf. Ryn learns to drive. Xander is denied a loan from the bank. The pack rejuvenates at a remote shallow bay, but is interrupted by drunk patrons from the bar.
133"Natural Order"Joe MenendezHeather ThomasonFebruary 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)0.42[22]
The pack is trying to adapt to life on land. Ryn is weakened from the prolonged absence from water. Ben and Maddie devised a plan to bring the ocean to the pack since they cannot return to water. Katrina finds Ryn in her weakened state and challenges her to become the alpha. Ben & Maddie records the siren's song to hopefully study and block it. Helen discovers a long-lost relative of hers through a DNA test, due to a suspicious Elaine Pownall's interference.
144"Oil and Water"John BadhamIan Sobel & Matt MorganFebruary 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)0.52[23]
The pack is unruly and as a result, they are split up among the trusted humans to learn about human ways and how to blend in. Ben is paired with Levi, while trying to keep him away from Xander. Helen reconnects with her relative Rick and reveals to him that merfolk have existed all along upon seeing Eliza. Xander traps an injured Katrina in the hold of his boat and interrogates her about Levi's whereabouts.
155"Primal Instincts"Ellen S. PressmanLiz MaccieFebruary 21, 2019 (2019-02-21)0.50[24]
166"Distress Call"David GrossmanMichael Gans & Richard RegisterFebruary 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)0.41[25]
177"Entrapment"Amanda RowZoë GreenMarch 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)0.44[26]
188"Leverage"Joe MenendezEric WaldMarch 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)0.51[27]
199"No North Star"Geoff ShotzSarah WiseJune 13, 2019 (2019-06-13)0.56[28]
2010"All In"David SolomonHeather ThomasonJune 20, 2019 (2019-06-20)0.43[29]
2111"Mixed Signals"Ben BrayIan Sobel & Matt MorganJune 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)0.39[30]
2212"Serenity"Steven A. AdelsonElias BenavidezJune 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)0.37[30]
2313"The Outpost"Amanda TappingCole FowlerJuly 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)0.42[31]
2414"The Last Mermaid"Barbara BrownMichael Gans & Richard RegisterJuly 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)0.41[32]
2515"Sacrifice"TBATBAJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)TBD
2616"New World Order"TBATBAAugust 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)TBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On July 25, 2016, Freeform orders a pilot titled The Deep, based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, who will serve as executive producers on the pilot, Wald wrote the script. Scott Stewart will direct the pilot, and Emily Whitesell will serve as the showrunner.[1] On April 19, 2017, the series was officially picked up with the current title for broadcast in the summer of 2018.[33] On October 7, 2017, it was announced that the series would be released on March 29, 2018 in a two-hour event.[2] On May 15, 2018, the series was renewed for a 16-episode second season which premiered on January 24, 2019.[8][4]

On May 14, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season.[5]

Casting[edit]

On August 24, 2016, Eline Powell joined the cast in the role of Po (renamed Ryn) and Rena Owen as Helen.[34] On September 26, 2016, Ian Verdun joined the cast in the role of Xander, followed by a few days of Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola in the roles of Ben and Maddie, respectively.[35][36] Chad Rook announced on May 16, 2017 via twitter that he will be in the series playing Chris Mueller. On July 26, 2017, it was announced that Sibongile Mlambo joined the cast as regular as Donna.[37]

Music[edit]

Michael A. Levine is the former composer of Siren's score.[38][39] The haunting and seductive Siren Call was written and composed by Levine and performed by singer/songwriter Mariana Barreto. Throughout the composition cycle, Levine incorporated the sounds of the tenor violin, octave viola (ciola), and the gusli.[39] A soundtrack release date has yet to be announced by Freeform.[40]

Filming[edit]

The pilot was filmed in October 2016, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.[41] Pre-production started on July 26, 2017.[42] The official shooting of the remaining episodes began on August 4, 2017,[43] and continued until November 22, 2017.[41] Filming for season 3 is expected to begin on August 1, 2019 and end on December 16, 2019.[44]

Marketing[edit]

The trailer was released on April 19, 2017, the same day it was picked up.[45] The first episode was shown at the New York Comic Con in October 2017.[46]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 94% based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Siren turns traditional lore on its tail with a unique, well-paced show that presents dangerous, violent mythical creatures in a surprisingly empathetic and exciting light."[47]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 29, 2018 0.3 0.87[10] 0.3 0.83 0.6 1.70[48]
2 "The Lure" March 29, 2018 0.3 0.87[10] 0.3 0.77 0.6 1.64[48]
3 "Interview With a Mermaid" April 5, 2018 0.2 0.62[11] 0.3 0.64 0.5 1.26[49]
4 "On the Road" April 12, 2018 0.3 0.68[12] 0.3 0.78 0.6 1.46[50]
5 "Curse of the Starving Class" April 19, 2018 0.3 0.69[13] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Showdown" April 26, 2018 0.2 0.59[14] 0.3 0.85 0.5 1.44[51]
7 "Dead in the Water" May 3, 2018 0.2 0.51[15] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Being Human" May 10, 2018 0.2 0.50[16] 0.2 0.68 0.4 1.17[52]
9 "Street Fight" May 17, 2018 0.2 0.62[17] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "Aftermath" May 24, 2018 0.2 0.66[18] 0.3 0.69 0.5 1.34[53]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Arrival" January 24, 2019 0.2 0.71[20] 0.3 N/A 0.5[54] N/A
2 "The Wolf at the Door" January 31, 2019 0.2 0.53[21] N/A 0.59 N/A 1.12[55]
3 "Natural Order" February 7, 2019 0.1 0.42[22] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Oil and Water" February 14, 2019 0.2 0.52[23] N/A 0.48 N/A 1.00[56]
5 "Primal Instincts" February 21, 2019 0.2 0.50[24] N/A 0.66 N/A 1.16[57]
6 "Distress Call" February 28, 2019 0.1 0.41[25] 0.2 0.45 0.3 0.86[58]
7 "Entrapment" March 7, 2019 0.2 0.44[26] N/A 0.44 N/A 0.88[59]
8 "Leverage" March 14, 2019 0.2 0.51[27] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "No North Star" June 13, 2019 0.2 0.56[28] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "All In" June 20, 2019 0.1 0.43[29] 0.2 0.40 0.3 0.83[60]
11 "Mixed Signals" June 27, 2019 0.1 0.39[30] N/A 0.35 N/A 0.74[61]
12 "Serenity" June 27, 2019 0.1 0.37[30] N/A 0.39 N/A 0.76[61]
13 "The Outpost" July 11, 2019 0.1 0.42[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD
14 "The Last Mermaid" July 18, 2019 0.1 0.41[32] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Siren Nominated [62]

Broadcast[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the first season premiered on SyFy on May 3, 2018. [63] The following year, the second season premiered on February 14, 2019.[64] In Australia, the series premiered on Fox8 HD, on July 30, 2018.

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