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January 20, 2014

'Resurrection': ABC's newest show promises supernatural, family

ABC's new series "Resurrection" promises supernatural and discovery of family relationships. Slated for a March 9th premiere, the show is set in the small town of Arcadia, Mo.

A husband and wife (Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher) are stunned when a young boy comes to their house and appears to be Jacob (Landon Giminez), their son who died decades ago. The mother accepts this without question, just delirious to have her son back, while the father is afraid and skeptical. Shepherding this is Dr. J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), a doctor who examined Jacob at the hospital and brought him to Arcadia.

"Resurrection" was one of the shows presented by ABC at their annual Television Critics (TCA) Winter Press Tour last week. 

Series star Smith talked about his character’s reaction to his son’s return, saying it not only had repercussions for Jacob, but also for his own life.

“It’s complicated by the fact that it tampers with the memory of the child that he’s lost, and it forces him to re-examine what he’s done with his life for the last 30 years,” he said. “Those sorts of things cause a real emotional stew in his life, and then it affection the relationship that he has with his wife because she is so much more immediately accepting of the boy. His whole life is thrown into chaos.”

For Omar Epps, his character Detective Bellamy, is the "messenger" in a sense who sets the entire series in motion.

"Not to give away where we will end up at the end of the season, but Bellamy is in it for the long haul in terms of his connection with this boy and then the other characters in the town as a whole," Epps said. "The town as a whole sort of becomes a family, and Bellamy is vested into it a hundred percent. So we cover that in the first season."

For Frances Fisher, it about playing the tragedy of a mother losing her son.

"A woman who has lost her son and he's back again is an unfathomable experience, the actress said. "Omar and I talked about this on the set, and we just talked about it earlier how you can't really plan anything. You just have to stay in the moment and play each moment as it is."

Executive Producer, Michele Fazenkas talked about the decision to not consult, "The Returned" the novel on which the series is based. "I have never seen "The Returned," and now ‑‑ we knew about "The Returned" when we came onto the project," she said. "So we deliberately avoided it because I just don't want it to unduly influence what the writers do, what we do. So I have never seen it."

"That book was obviously the impetus for the series, but it was very much just a starting‑off point," added executive producer, Aaron Zelman. "You probably also noticed that half of the characters in this show are not in that book. So I invented, you know ‑‑ the executives I developed this show with, you know, invented half of the characters for the show because we knew that it would need more of an engine for a series going four or five, six, seven years."

"Resurrection" premieres March 9th on ABC. 

Check out a sneak peek of the series below:

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