NEWS - THE DEAD ZONE
Anthony Michael Hall, who played psychic Johnny Smith on USA Network's The Dead Zone, told SCI FI Wire that there's talk about a movie and that he'd be open to one, but added that he wasn't particularly optimistic about the possibility. Hall starred for six seasons on the show.
"There's talk about it," Hall said during an interview to promote the just-released DVD set The Dead Zone: The Final Season. "I don't think we had the size of a cult following that, let's say, The X-Files did. You look at Sex and the City or The X-Files, these movies were done long after the shows pumped out their last episodes."
Interestingly, The Dead Zone had a previous incarnation as a 1983 feature film, which starred Christopher Walken as Smith. Some shots of the Dead Zone TV pilot appear to have been borrowed from that film, though the TV show introduced new characters and departed greatly from the movie's premise. Both TV show and movie were based on Stephen King's book of the same name.
In any case, Hall said that he remains grateful for his chance to do the show. "I would certainly be open to the potential for [a reunion feature]," he said. "I would never turn my back on what [the show's late producer] Michael Piller did for me. He gave me this incredible opportunity. When I look back at [my] career, I view him and John Hughes as almost guardian angels of my career."
Piller handpicked Hall to play Smith after watching him play Bill Gates in the cable-television movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. "He and his son, Shawn, were great partners, along with [co-executive producer] Lloyd Segan," Hall said. "These guys, we made it a family affair. ... So I was grateful for the experience, and I would certainly entertain it if they wanted to pursue a film. Am I optimistic about it? Not really, but I certainly wouldn't turn my back on the opportunity." (USA Network is owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM.) --Ian Spelling
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After months of speculation, USA has officially canceled veteran sci-fi dramas "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400."
Although things didn't look good for the two series because they are older and expensive to make, during the past several months the cable network looked for ways to bring them back. But it ultimately opted to end their run.
"We wish we could keep all our great shows alive forever," said Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA. "But we feel we need to give some of our new shows a platform to grow, and it's with great sadness that we say goodbye to two shows that had a great run and helped create the resurgence of original programming on our network and on all of cable."
"Dead Zone," which ran for six seasons, and "4400," which was on for four, had aired as a sci-fi-themed block Sunday night.
"4400" creator/exec producer Scott Peters broke the cancellation news on the show's fan message board.
"We've had a great time bringing you this story and submersing you in the lives of all these incredible characters," he wrote. "I wish we could go on forever, but the party has come to an end."
"Dead Zone," along with "Monk," put USA on the original programming map when they launched in summer 2002.
Based on Stephen King's characters, "Dead Zone," was created by the late Michael Piller and his son Shawn. Its premiere set a record for a series debut on basic cable with 6.4 million viewers.
The record was broken two years later by the opening of "4400" (7.4 million), which launched as a limited series.
In addition to "Monk," USA's slate of original series includes "Psych," "Burn Notice" and the upcoming "In Plain Sight" and "To Love and Die."
Thanks to Bev Vincent & Kurt Roberts
USA Network has picked up The Dead Zone for a Sixth Season of 13 one-hour episodes! The series returns Sunday, June 17 at 10/9C with a dramatic premiere that will change everything in Johnny Smith's world. Read the official announcement and be sure to check out Shawn Piller's latest blog in which he details what to expect in Season 6!
All episodes will be presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Special features include:
"The Other side of the Camera" explores the directorial debut of series stars Chris Bruno (Sheriff Walt Bannerman) and John L. Adams (Bruce Lewis) and how they made the challenging and exciting move to the director's chair for Season Five.
"A Day With JLA” is a guided tour of a typical day on set with series star John L. Adams (Bruce Lewis).
Four Audio Commentaries on:
- Eps #4013 "Articles of Faith" with: Actor/Producer Anthony Michael Hall, DVD Producer Robert Chynoweth, Writer/Supervising Producer Michael Taylor
- Eps #4016 "Revelations" with: Actor/Director John L. Adams, Writer James Morris, Writer Shintaro Shimosawa
- Episode #4014 "Independence Day" with: Director Chris Bruno, Actor Dylan Bruno and Executive Producer Shawn Piller
- Episode #4020 "The Hunting Party" with: Executive Producer Tommy Thompson, Executive Producer Lloyd Segan and Writer Adam Targum
"Dead Zone" will return for a 13-episode, sixth season in summer 2007, with star Anthony Michael Hall reprising his role as Johnny Smith, a man who awakens from a six-year coma with psychic powers.
The network aims to reinvent the series following the November death of co-creator/executive producer Michael Piller. We're looking at the sixth season as the first season," said Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA.
He credited "Dead Zone's" rating resurgence since it was paired with "The 4400" last year for the network's decision to continue the show's run. USA has also acquired the cable rerun rights.
Thanks to Bev Vincent
1. Forbidden Fruit
2. Independence Day
4. Articles of Faith
5. The Inside Man
6. Lotto Fever
10. Heart of Darkness
11. The Hunting Party (season finale)
1. Forbidden Fruit – Premieres 6/18
It's the season premiere. Johnny races to stop the wedding between Greg
Stillson and Miranda Ellis (from the Season Four finale), fearing that
Miranda's life is in danger, as Stillson moves closer toward the White
2. Independence Day
4. Articles of Faith
5. The Inside Man
Thanks to Bev Vincent
Here is the full DVD cover for season 4 of The Dead Zone (bigger scans can be found at TVShowsonDVD.com) as well as a list of all the extras on this box:
- "The Production Design of The Dead Zone" featurette, taking the fans behind the scenes into The Dead Zone's award-winning Production Design department to showcase the unique look of the series
- Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- 16x9 Widescreen
- 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
- Closed Captioned
Thanks to TVShowsonDVD.com
You can pre-order you copy here.
Thanks to Marco Lammers.
The show is not cancelled, not yet. It's officially on hiatus, and the final word on its pick-up or cancellation likely won't come until Season Five (11 new episodes) finishes its run this summer. USA Network, which airs the show (which is produced by Lionsgate and Paramount), is still holding onto its option for a sixth season and will likely make its final decision then.
The situation came about by shooting all 23 episodes of Seasons Four and Five continuously last year. Normally, the show and the actors would've gone back into production about five months later. But the decision to wait to air the Season Five episodes this summer pushed back the timeframe that USA Network wanted to back its decision -- after all the new episodes have aired. Season Four's ratings were fantastic -- the show was the number five show on all of cable and, along with The 4400, helped USA Network dominate Sunday evenings. There is every reason to believe that this tandem will succeed again this summer, and that they could both be renewed again. The overall tightening at NBC Universal won't last -- they'll be back on top in no time. They've got a lot of great stuff in the pipeline, from NBC to USA and Sci-Fi.
But this means that, for the moment, the show's actors are not under contract and can join new series pilots or anything else they choose. But nothing is certain yet, and even if an actor were to take another job it wouldn't preclude them from still appearing on the show. Jennifer Finnigan did this last season, and many actors do it all the time.
But rumors of The Dead Zone's demise are far from true at this point in time. Everything will depend on how the show performs this summer.
So, there you have it. Don't give up on The Dead Zone just yet, OK?