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Watch Omar Epps In 3-Minute Preview Of New ABC Series, 'Resurrection' (Premieres Sunday, 3/9)

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 4, 2014 12:33 PM
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A year ago, ABC picked up what was then called The Returned, now officially titled Resurrection, which Paul Lee, the president of ABC Entertainment, shared was one of his favorite pilots; so that's a good sign, right?

In March, Omar Epps landed the top role in the serial adaptation of author Jason Mott's debut novel, The Returned.

You might recall the December 2012 announcement that Mott's novel had been optioned by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company, with the goal being to develop a TV drama series for ABC, based on the "high concept" novel.

Jason Mott

I interviewed Jason soon after that announcement which I was posted in early January 2013 HERE, if you missed it.

The novel, The Returned, was eventually published during the second half of 2013; I bought a copy hoping to read it before the series debuted, but I'm not going to get a chance to do so, since the series premieres this Sunday, March 9, at 9/8c, competing with AMC's mega-hit The Walking Dead, which immediately puts the new series at a disadvantage. But ABC obviously must really believe in the series' potential to slot it against the most-watched series on TV right now. 

But there was reportedly a bidding war for the rights to the novel, among several production companies and studios, suggesting that it's a strong, commercial, high concept work that will translate well to the screen.

We'll certainly find out, starting this Sunday night.

So what's Resurrection about? Here's its short synopsis:

A family gets caught up in a worldwide event in which loved ones return from the dead exactly as they last were in life. Lucille and Harold Hargrave wonder: Is their dead eight-year-old son’s return a miracle or an impending sign of something horrible? 

Omar Epps stars in the series as Martin Bellamy, who's described as:

... an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He's a former cop who joined ICE when he got involved with a case involving the trafficking of children. He's empathetic with a soft spot for kids -- despite not having a family of his own -- and is fascinated by Jacob (newcomer Landon Gimenez), a mysterious boy who popped up from nowhere in the middle of rural China.

Epps leads a cast that includes Kurtwood Smith, Devin Kelley, Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Sam Hazeldine, Samaire Armstrong, Nicholas Gonzalez and Mark Hildreth.

Criminal Minds' Aaron Zelman wrote the pilot, which was directed by Charles McDougall (House of CardsThe Good Wife).

Congrats to Mr Mott, Mr Epps and the rest of the cast and crew on the series' launch this Sunday! It's good to see a black actor in Epps leading a TV series on a major broadcast network like ABC, and I'm certainly looking forward to watching.

ABC has released a 3-minute preview of the series, which is embedded below:

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  • Cats girl | March 5, 2014 10:40 PMReply

    I can't wait for the show. My mother died in a plane crash 22 years ago, and I've thought so many times what it would be like to open my door & see her standing there. I can't wait to see how it plays out.

  • Yaegerjj | March 4, 2014 11:38 PMReply

    This is just the beginning of shows that will come about, that will help people who are interested in knowing, that there is so much more, after one leaves the physical body. There are no words to explain what that is, but these shows will try there best to do so.

  • YaegerJ | March 4, 2014 11:27 PMReply

    I'm looking forward to the show, it is right up my alley in understanding.

  • Marissa | March 4, 2014 10:36 PMReply

    My first thought: Omar Epps! I LOVE Omar Epps! He was AMAZING in Higher Learning, dude has range! <3
    Then I read this article and got jaded: man, why does everything have to come down to racial terms. Why include at all the fact that he's got a huge role for a black man. To me, the fact that this was even mentioned means we got a long way to go.

  • Dawainy | March 5, 2014 9:15 AM

    That was the same exact thought I had.

  • Jeff S | March 4, 2014 10:25 PMReply

    All over again.

  • janis | March 5, 2014 12:57 AM

    If it is anything like Lost then I will not be watching!

  • Beth | March 4, 2014 9:36 PMReply

    Do you know how just the commerical of this show hurts the people who have lost children and live daily with that pain of loss and how your new show affects is actually very cruel.....

  • yaegerjj | March 4, 2014 11:35 PM

    I have lost much, but they are still with me and I don't harbor on there time of passing, because there life was so much more. Stop using your lost ones as a crutch, because you choose not to move on. Every soul has a choice when they will leave the earth, deal with that first, and many other things will come to help you. But as long as you stay in that place of anger, and constant sorrow for their passing, you keep their spirit in the mood, and I know that is not what you want to do, if they mean as much as you say they do. Moreover, find support groups to help you through your pain and loss, ask your guides, and angels to help you through it as well, Most important, start viewing on television, "Long Island Medium"..

  • Felix G. | March 4, 2014 2:00 PMReply

    This must be one of them NBC Ironside type deals. Why else would they dot their pretty lily world with Omar's face? To take the blame when it tanks.

  • Phred G | March 4, 2014 4:27 PM

    If you had read the book you would know that the character Martin Bellamy is indeed a BLACK MAN and Omar fits the bill perfectly.

  • slb | March 4, 2014 1:37 PMReply

    All I know is...I'm tired of seeing the commercials. You ever see commercials for a show or movie so often (the studio/network beats you over the head with the marketing) that it turns you off and you don't want to watch it. That's me with "Resurrection". ABC has been showing ads for this show non-stop for two months. "I'm coming home, I'm coming home." 1) That's a lame song. They're not doing themselves any favors with that. 2) They used the exact same ad 80% of the time. It's not an effective ad and doesn't do anything to get me interested in watching the show.

  • Monique A Williams | March 4, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    Been looking forward to this for awhile. Yay!
    And especially glad to see Omar Epps in something since House. I really enjoy him.

  • VM | March 4, 2014 12:57 PMReply

    The commercials for this show are so eerie; I'm tuning in. It definitely has to be better than the past few episodes of 'The Walking Dead'

  • Marissa | March 4, 2014 10:37 PM

    I know, right. Haha that last episode was a snoozer for sure.

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