'Reaper' creators tapped to run new ABC drama

On the heels of greenlighting its supernaturally themed new series "Resurrection" (formerly "The Returned"), ABC has tapped two showrunners with experience in the genre to steer the ship.


The network has named Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, creators of the cult comedy-horror series "Reaper" at The CW, as showrunners on the upcoming new series. Butters and Fazekas had signed an overall development and creative deal with ABC back in February which gave rise to their new gig.

The series, from writer Aaron Zelman ("The Killing," "Damages") centers on the people of a closely knit small town whose lives are torn apart when their deceased family and friends return from the dead. The pilot, directed by Charles McDougall ("House of Cards"), was reportedly one of the best received new projects this year.

While the series concept seemed to tie in closely with French series "Les Revenants," the pilot script was actually picked up only two weeks after the Canal Plus series' debut and is based on a soon-to-be published novel by Jason Mott. The series stars Frances Fisher ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show") and Omar Epps ("House").

If the former "Reaper" showrunners can recreate at least a fraction of the magic of their cancelled-too-soon series, "Resurrection" could be one to look out for.

- Resurrection
- Reaper
- Omar Epps
- Tara Butters
- Michele Fazekas

Written by: kyleiam
May 14th, 2013, 8:28 am

Images courtesy of ABC


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Message Posted On Oct 24th, 2013, 9:18 pm

Well at least this artical has cleared up a couple of bits that had me confused.

It's "Resurrection" instead of "The Returned".

And on ABC instead of A&E. Thanks, got it now.

But I have to agree with Anonymous about it not being based on the French show is BS.

BTW, the Sundance channel is bringing "Les Revenants" to the US on Halloween.


Message Posted On Sep 24th, 2013, 8:20 pm
I call B.S. on this not being based on the French series, especially as the French series is based on a 2004 French film. Odd that they had the exact name as the French series...

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 12:44 pm

bring back reaper and finish it,then i'll watch ab"cree"

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