The Mist (TV series)

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The Mist
The Mist title card.png
Genre
Created by Christian Torpe
Based on The Mist
by Stephen King
Starring
Composer(s) Giona Ostinelli
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
  • Guy J. Louthan
  • Amanda Segel
Cinematography André Pienaar
Running time 47 minutes
Production company(s) Dimension Television
Release
Original network Spike
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Digital
Original release June 22 (2017-06-22) – August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)
External links
Website

The Mist is an American science fiction-horror thriller television series developed by Christian Torpe. It is based on the horror novella of the same name by author Stephen King.[1] The series aired for one 10-episode season on Spike from June 22 to August 24, 2017. On September 27, 2017, Spike cancelled the series.

Premise[edit]

An unexplained mist slowly envelops the town of Bridgeville, Maine, creating an almost impenetrable barrier to visibility. The residents of the town soon learn the situation is even more precarious as unexplained anomalies and phenomena in the mist attack and kill most who enter it, trapping several groups of people in a shopping mall, a church, and a hospital. Eventually, people begin to see apparitions in the mist from their past, fears, or guilt that help or kill them depending on how they react.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Adam BernsteinChristian TorpeJune 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)0.684[4]
2"Withdrawal"David BoydStory by : Christian Torpe
Teleplay by : Peter Macmanus
June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)[a]0.496[6]
3"Show and Tell"Nick MurphyPeter BiegenJuly 6, 2017 (2017-07-06)[a]0.428[7]
4"Pequod"T.J. ScottAndrew WilderJuly 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)0.487[8]
5"The Waiting Room"Richard LaxtonAmanda Segel & Christian TorpeJuly 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)0.538[9]
6"The Devil You Know"James HawesNoah Griffith & Daniel StewartJuly 27, 2017 (2017-07-27)0.411[10]
7"Over the River and Through the Woods"Matthew PennDaniel Cameron TalbottAugust 3, 2017 (2017-08-03)0.400[11]
8"The Law of Nature"Guy FerlandStory by : Amanda Segel
Teleplay by : Andrew Wilder & Christian Torpe
August 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)0.374[12]
9"The Waking Dream"Nick MurphyAmanda SegelAugust 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)0.399[13]
10"The Tenth Meal"Guy FerlandChristian TorpeAugust 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)0.405[14]
  1. ^ a b The second and third episodes were released online on June 23, 2017.[5]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Following the release of Frank Darabont's film adaptation of The Mist in 2007, executive producers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein announced plans to develop a miniseries based on the film. In November 2013, Bob Weinstein announced that a 10-part miniseries would begin production under their Dimension Television banner.[15] It was unclear if film director Darabont would be involved in the series and the development remained stagnant for a period of time.

In September 2015, nearly two years after the project was announced, Dimension Television announced they had signed screenwriter Christian Torpe to pen the entire series.[16] In February 2016, Spike picked up the pilot.[17] In April 2016, it was announced a deal had been reached with Spike to air the entire series.[18] In July 2016, the production company announced the series had been cast and gone into production in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[2]

Financing[edit]

The ten episodes of the first season were reportedly produced on a budget of approximately $23 million. The government of Nova Scotia announced in July 2016 that it would contribute $5.9 million for the series. The production marks the biggest entertainment production ever to shoot in the province.[19]

Casting[edit]

In July 2016, Dimension Television announced Morgan Spector would play the lead character of Kevin Copeland. Other cast members announced included Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.[2]

Reception[edit]

After good ratings, made up of 1.2 million viewers for the pilot episode, viewer numbers dropped off.[20] It averaged a rating of 0.14 in adults aged 18–49, and 462,000 viewers per episode in Nielsen's Live+Same Day ratings.[21] The series was cancelled in September 2017.[22]

The first season of The Mist received mixed reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the series has a rating of 62% based on 39 reviews.[23] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 54 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[24]

Chris Scott of the Observer described it as "relentlessly bleak, mean, and downright sadistic at nearly every turn", linking this with the falling ratings over the series course.[25] Indiewire reviewer Ben Travers described the plot as predictable and characters as "pretty awful", leaving viewers "rooting for the mist instead of those running from it.".[26]

Ed Power of the Daily Telegraph felt that it was a middling effort for King's works, and that it benefited from sticking to familiar horror themes and tropes.[27]

Release[edit]

The Mist became available for streaming on Netflix on August 25, 2017.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gennis, Sadie (January 13, 2017). "Spike's The Mist Series Is a "Reimagination," Not a Remake". TV Guide. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Petski, Denise (July 16, 2016). "'The Mist': Spike's Stephen King Adaptation Begins Production In Nova Scotia". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Petski, Denise (July 13, 2016). "'The Mist': Eight Join Cast Of Spike's Stephen King Series Adaptation". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 23, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.22.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ The Mist [@TheMist] (June 23, 2017). "There's more to come on #TheMist...and you don't have to wait to see it. Episodes 2 & 3 are on the @Spike App & themist.spike.com NOW" (Tweet). Retrieved June 23, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 30, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.29.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 7, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.6.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 14, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.13.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 21, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.20.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 28, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.27.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 4, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.3.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 11, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.10.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 18, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.17.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 25, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.24.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Cieply, Michael (November 23, 2013). "The Weinstein Company, Seeking Hits, Shifts to TV". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 16, 2015). "'The Mist' TV Series Emerges From Dimension & Scribe Christian Torpe". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ Trumbore, Dave (February 25, 2013). "Stephen King's 'The Mist' TV Series Gets Pilot Order at Spike". Collider. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 14, 2016). "'The Mist' Stephen King TV Adaptation Gets Series Order At Spike". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ Staff, ATV Staff (July 20, 2016). "N.S. government announces major funding for Stephen King TV series". atlantic.ctvnews.ca. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 27, 2017). "'The Mist' Canceled at Spike After One Season (Exclusive)". Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  21. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 27, 2017). "'The Mist' Cancelled at Spike After One Season". Variety. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  22. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 27, 2017). "'The Mist' Canceled at Spike After One Season (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  23. ^ "The Mist: Season 1 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  24. ^ "The Mist (2017): Season 1". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  25. ^ Scott, Chris (August 28, 2017). "First Season of 'The Mist' Should Also Be the Last". Observer. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  26. ^ Travers, Ben (June 16, 2017). "'The Mist' Review: Stephen King Adaptation crosses the Wrong Lines for the Wrong Reasons". IndieWire. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  27. ^ Power, Ed (August 25, 2017). "The Mist – Stephen King's adaptation oozes a familiarity in which old-school horror fans will be happy – review". Daily Telegraph (UK). 
  28. ^ Travers, Ben (August 23, 2017). "Television adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist comes to Netflix". The National. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 

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