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.