Did you see the new ABC series Resurrection yet? It is a great new show, that will have you hooked from episode 1. And lucky for all of us, episode 2 plays tonight 3/16.
Resurrection, with a cast including Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher, Landon Gimenez and Omar Epps, is based on a book called The Returned, written by Jason Mott. Resurrection revolves in the town of Arcadia, Missouri, where recent events are suddenly giving “life” to the normally quiet town. The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear, looking just as they did right before they died.
An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago.
I watched a screening of the first episode before leaving for Los Angeles and had so many questions! I couldn’t wait to see episode 2! Even then, after watching episode 2, I had answers from episode 1, but found myself with more questions to my answers! The show definitely makes your mind work in over-time!
As I sat down with the Resurrection Executive Producers, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, I wanted to ask a ton of questions about what was going to happen in episodes 3, 4, 5…. but I held back. Nevertheless, it was interesting to find out how Resurrection was started and their thought process on the series.
The producers said when they pitched Resurrection to ABC, they actually pitched the last episode. So while I don’t know what’s going to happen, we know the producers do have a full story in mind and they have assured we will get our answers along the way!
Are we going to find out how these people were brought back?
Tara Butters: That’s one of the central questions of the entire series. There are some answers but we don’t answer everything. We still want to have an investigative drive. Do we know yet? There are several questions: Why here? Why Arcadia? Why is it happening? How is it happening? When we pitched the season to ABC, we pitched them the last scene of the last episode of the series. So we know where we want to go.
Michele Fazekas: As writers, one of the things we tried to do was answer some questions. But like anything, when you get one answer, it kind of makes you have more questions. And in some ways, it’s almost beside the point because they’re back now, regardless of how they came back. And it is something that Marty and Maggie are investigating and trying to figure out.
In the meantime, these people are still here. Much of the drama comes from, “What do you do now that you have this 8-year-old boy? How do you deal with that?” Henry’s got a very complicated reaction to this. He feels like “If I embrace this boy as my son, am I betraying the memory of the child that I lost?” Why is it happening is a question, but that’s not the central theme of every single episode.
Does the show mainly stay in Arcadia or spread out across the country?
Michele Fazekas: We focus on just Arcadia for those eight episodes. We have certainly planned more and there’s a cliffhanger at the end of the season that hopefully makes people want to come back for the second season. Jacob’s like a stone that’s thrown into a pond and the kind of ripple effects he has upon his return and how it affects Fred and Maggie’s relationship upon his return. These characters are all affected by his return in different ways, some good and some bad.
Episode 2 of Resurrection airs tonight, Sunday, March 16, 9/8c – you can watch episode 1 on ABC.com.
Photo Credit: RESURRECTION (cast photo)- ABC’s “Resurrection” stars Mark Hildreth as Pastor Tom Hale, Kurtwood Smith as Henry Langston, Landon Gimenez as Jacob Langston, Frances Fisher as Lucille Langston, Omar Epps as J. Martin Bellamy, Devin Kelley as Maggie Langston, Matt Craven as Fred Langston, Samaire Armstrong as Elaine Richards and Sam Hazeldine as Caleb Richards. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)