Resurrection Review + Interviews With Executive Producers

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ABC's Resurrection LogoPhoto Credit: ©(ABC/Bob D’Amico)

I heard about the show Resurrection a few weeks ago and the story line of the show had me a little intrigued and curious to watch. For a show on ABC, this was something that was “different” to me. I know what resurrection is but it isn’t something I think about too often, if at all. When I see it happen in movies, I get that eerie kind of feeling. How about you?

Resurrection cast #ABCTVEventPhoto Credit: ©(ABC/Bob D’Amico)

 For those that haven’t heard of this new show being aired on ABC, here the synopsis:

The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. 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.

Prior to me leaving to Los Angeles last week I received a copy of Resurrection episode 1 to watch prior to it being aired on TV. I watched the first episode and it definitely had me waiting to see the next. I then arrived in Los Angeles last week and seen these billboards everywhere.

Billboard for #Resurrection on ABC

Every time I seen one of these billboards, it made me think of that first episode I seen and was even more curious about what was to happen next. It again gave me that eerie feeling and had me question in my mind what would I do if I had a loved one that came back to life.

This week on Wednesday I was able to visit ABC, watch episode #2 and get to ask the Executive Producers Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas some questions about the show and what directions it is taking. Here is some of the questions that were asked that you might to hear the answers to.

Q: Are we gonna get some idea of how they’re coming back?

Tara: There are some answers but we don’t answer everything. We still want to have an investigative drive. Do we know yet? The way we pitched this is… 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.

Q: Are more people coming back?

Michele: I think it’s safe to say yes.

Q: Just in that town?

Michele: We focus on just Arcadia for those 8 episodes. It’s 8 episodes including the pilot. 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.

As more return, we kind of multiply it.

Q: LOST an influence?

Tara: Absolutely. I don’t think you can do a show like this without having some influence. I feel very strongly that this show shouldn’t be more than 13 episodes a season, because my favorite seasons of LOST were the shorter seasons because they could be so much more.

Michele: When you’re building these continuous storyline episodes, you can’t jump around, you have to sort of build them in order. And if you change something back here, it sort of affects this. So that’s why we really liked having a smaller number of episodes, so you can really craft it and be smart about it. Versus just kind of filling space.

My Resurrection Review – As I previously mentioned, I have already seen episode #2 that airs TONIGHT and it was really GOOD as I kind of thought it would be.  I love the story line and I love the actors that they have found for all of the roles. I like to watch shows that leave me in suspense without all the blood and gore. It is one of those shows that has me hooked and I will be patiently awaiting next weekend to find out what happens next.

For those that want to watch it as well, Resurrection airs on ABC on Sundays at 9|8c.

ABC's #Resurrection

Will you be watching to see who comes back alive next?

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  1. Loved watching the 2nd episode with you, the other bloggers and the exec producers! Really hope it gets picked up for a 2nd season!

  2. You mentioned the actors and I have to admit that Kurtwood Smith really surprised me! It was really weird watching him play this dramatic role after seeing him as wise-cracking Red on That 70’s Show. The whole cast is completely amazing! I can’t wait until next week to see what happens next!

  3. Hubby and I watched this last night out of curiosity. It’s definitely different and caught my attention.

  4. I kept seeing the previews for this show and have been wondering about it. Will def be checking it out now! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Actually, I just watched episode 1 last night, so that I’d be ready for episode 2 tonight. I loved it and added the series to record on my DVR.

  6. Great picture of the billboard!!! I love how you put it into your post, very smart. =)

  7. Rachel Mouton says:

    I really love how family friendly this series has been so far. I cannot wait to see if it keeps that theme.

  8. This sounds like something I need to record on my Tivo! Can’t wait to see it. The plot sounds unique and intriguing.

  9. what a good show, i loved it as well :)

  10. My new favorite show. Watching it again right now!

  11. Sounds like another neat ABC show I’m going to get sucked into!

  12. I need to watch this on Demand. I missed it last night!

  13. This sounds like a good show and one I’d like. I’ll have to look for it and watch it.

  14. We watched and I can’t wait to see more episodes. I really like the story idea and I think it will keep us interested for awhile!

  15. This is a great interview. I have heard lots of positive reviews about this new show yet I have not seen it myself yet. Will check it out

  16. I have heard so many good things about this show, but I missed it. I am so bad about setting my DVR sometimes :(

  17. I haven’t seen the show. Looks like you had a great interview.

  18. my husband and i are very conflicted about this show. i find it fascinating. but having an 8 year old, i’m not sure i can handle watching. it looks really good- i just am not sure i can watch. not right now.

  19. I am in love with this show. I can’t wait to see what happens!!

  20. LOST was totally an influence. Chase almost got this show, but they didn’t shoot near us. Instead, another casting director got it. But, we watched it anyway!

  21. Thanks for your review! I read that Resurrection led the evening in Nielson ratings for it’s first two episodes. It looks like a really inspiring, family-friendly show.

  22. This is such a good show. I’m looking forward to the next episode.

  23. I saw the previews for this and wanted to watch but totally forgot. Thanks for the reminder!!

  24. I have seen the previews for this show, and it gives me the chills! I was afraid to watch it, but I like the idea that LOST influenced the show – makes me realize they won’t be turning into Zombies and eating each other soon (I SO HATE blood and gore)

  25. I haven’t watched yet, but this is definitely on my list to watch. I’m glad to hear that so many people like it!

  26. LOST was my favorite show so I like to hear that it was an influence. I have it on my DVR, haven’t watched it yet!

  27. I am officially ADDICTED to this show! LOVE LOVE LOVE it so far! I can’t wait till next Sunday when I get to see what the heck happened! You are so lucky you were able to interview them!!!

  28. I need to find this on my dvr so I can watch it too. It looks good.

  29. Angela S says:

    I have the first couple of episodes recorded and hope to find time to watch them this week!

  30. I saw a preview for this show the other day and thought it was intriguing. I will have to set my dvr to catch up on the episodes.

  31. Unfortunately because I work nights, I don’t watch much TV. But I have seen the commercials for this and it does look interesting

  32. I have heard a lot about Resurrection on Facebook from people who watched the first episode. I didn’t realize what it was about at the time. Now I’m very interested!

  33. I’ve been watching and so far I’m hooked! I really enjoyed the first two episodes and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  34. The previews of this show have me really interested. I need to check out the next episode.

  35. I haven’t seen the show yet, but the commercials look really interesting. I think this is going to be one of those “water cooler talk” shows.

  36. I’ve seen the commercials for this one but still haven’t found the time to watch it just yet. I think that it will be good but who knows.

  37. I keep meaning to watch this because every time it advertises it peaks my interst

  38. I saw this pop up on Hulu yesterday! I added it to my queue!

  39. Been seeing commercials for this show and have been wanting to check it out!

  40. This show has a great cast. We missed the first episode so we had to purchase it on Amazon. We’re going to be watching it tonight :)

  41. this is on my must watch list. The billboards are bit disturbing, especially when kids learn to read though

  42. Eliz Frank says:

    Looks very interesting and I would probably watch it if on my cable… Looks great.

  43. Im so obsessed with this show. I’ve heard so many good things.

  44. I am not sure if I would like the show Resurrection. It’s kind of creepy! I might have to watch an episode to see what I think. Thanks for sharing.

  45. I’ve never send this, I’m going to have to check it out!

  46. This show gives me chills, not sure if I can manage watching it.

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