Did someone ask for more zombies? No? Well, A&E is giving them to you anyway, in the form of their new show, The Returned. All throughout movies, games, televisions shows (and just about any other form of media, really), we find ourselves inundated with the undead, but this series looks to be a bit different than your run-of-the-mill zombie drama.
In The Returned, the undead don’t come back mindless monsters, hungry for flesh. No, instead, the show takes a different approach; they are just like your average townspeople… except that they’re now back to resume their lives after suffering from a slight case of deadness. While the show will obviously have its own creepiness and horror, it doesn’t look like another zombie dramapocalypse, thankfully. The story is being adapted from the French series, Les Revenants, which was based on the 2004 film of the same name.
I don’t know how many more undead things I can take. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, World War Z, that corny zombie love story they did a year or so ago. As someone who used to love a good zombie story, I’m just getting sick of seeing it. But, there is one thing that gives me hope; while the zombie genre is getting a bit too saturated, A&E‘s wonderful re-imagining of Norman and Norma Bates with Bates Motel has convinced me to give the network’s upcoming show a try. If this show can replicate that charm, then I think it’s safe to say that The Returned could be a true stand out in this zombie mob that we find ourselves in.
I have to admit that I’m having a little trouble getting into this post. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is an all time horror classic of my youth and I’m leery of this, and any other for that matter, attempt to bring it into contemporary times. That’s what A&E and executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) have done with their Psycho prequel Bates Motel.
It’s the story of Norman Bates in his teenage years portrayed by Freddie Highmore, yep that kid from Johnny Depp’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have to say that raises the “creep” meter for me right there. The show premieres next Monday, March 18th at 10PM Eastern time.
Highmore is joined by a solid cast with Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed) as his mother, Max Thieriot (Disconnect), Olivia Cooke (Blackout), and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender).
Check out the first six minutes and a teaser and some other stuff we’ve collected below.
What do you think, will you give it a chance? I’m hearing some good things when I have looked around the Internet, but I hope it starts off quick, I don’t know how long I can hang around with some of my other favorite shows returning to television in the coming weeks.
AMC has brought us the best that TV has to offer i.e: The Walking Dead, Breaking Dead, and Mad Men, and now it will get some competition as another channel brings sci-fi to your work-week. O.C.T (Occult Crimes Taskforce) graphic novel, will be getting its chance to shine on A&E. Hollywood Reporter states that Gale Anne Hurd, who is producing AMC’s hit zombie show, The Walking Dead, is on staff for this next sci-fi bombshell. If y’all aren’t paying attention to this show yet, then wait until you hear who the lead is.
Eva Mendes? Angelina Jolie? Nope and nope. Rosario Dawson, best known for her roles in Clerks II and Sin City, will be taking home the headline role. Here is the plotline for the upcoming series O.C.T:
The task force, which was established after the Civil War to make the New York City streets safe from practitioners of Black Magic, demons from another dimension and all manner of supernatural malcontents. Like the graphic novel, co-created by Dawson and David Atchison, O.C.T. will center on the character of Sophia Ortiz, a new member of the bureau who uses magic, spells, ghosts, the undead and the unnatural. At the heart of the story is an ongoing struggle between the O.C.T. detectives and an organized demon-force attempting to take over Manhattan.
After lending her image for the graphic novel, I’m not surprised that with an assured free schedule, she’d be able to play the role. I may not have have read the graphic novel, but I’m sure this kick-ass chica will be able to bring out an amazing performance. Of course, bets I’m sure will be made on whether we will see some skin. Otherwise, what are your thoughts on the addition of this sci-fi show to A&E