A&E Greenlights Series Order for 'The Returned'

Lost and True Blood writers helm show based on award-winning French supernatural series.

A&E has ordered 10 episodes of the scripted drama series The Returned. Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel and Lost) wrote the pilot. He and Raelle Tucker (True Blood and Supernatural) will serve as writers and executive producers. The Returned is based on the International Emmy-award winning French series adapted from the film Les Revenants.

The Returned has the potential to be one of the most compelling drama series on cable, thanks to phenomenal scripts written by Carlton and Raelle,” said David McKillop, general manager and executive vice president of A&E Network. “We look forward to seeing their vision brought to life on screen.”

According to the press release, The Returned takes place in a small community where several locals, long believed to be dead, mysteriously come home, bringing with them serious consequences and “strange phenomena” as they try to integrate into society.

The suspenseful French series, which is in production on its second season and will air on Sundance Channel, centers on the stories of a teenage crash victim, suicidal bridegroom, a murdered boy, and a serial killer.

On the surface, this looks like a darker answer to ABC’s Resurrection (based on the book The Returned by Jason Mott, so that’s not confusing at all), in which the local dead wander home years later. Then there’s the 2013 three-part BBC series In The Flesh, which airs a second season of six one-hour episodes on BBC America beginning May 4.

The British series takes place after the “The Rising,” its version of the zombie apocalypse, and the subsequent “Pale Wars,” in which humans beat back the zombie menace. In the aftermath, the re-animated (called “rotters”) are rehabilitated and allowed to rejoin the population at large, dosing on a strict program of medication to subdue “rabid” behavior.

And if that doesn’t satisfy your craving for all things dead, undead, and otherwise returned, there’s a new batch of Rapture and mid-apocalyptic content coming to HBO and Amazon Prime.

The Leftovers is based on the novel by Tom Perrotta and tells the story of those who remain after 2 percent of the world’s population abruptly disappears. The series stars Liv Tyler and is executive produced by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.

From X-Files creator Chris Carter, The After is vaguely described as eight strangers picked to live in a house “who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation.” The one-hour pilot premiered on Amazon Instant in February. It has since been picked up for a series run for Prime subscribers.

If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy TV is back in a big way.

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