- Starring Canadians Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope -
- Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli is executive producer and writer -
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"It's the most engaging, exciting, downright entertaining TV thriller
since LOST." - Alex Strachan, Postmedia
"Creepy, kind of terrifying and one hundred percent intriguing." - Jean
Bentley, HuffPost TV
"This one's got … monster hit written all over it." - Washington Post
TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Warning: what viewers are about to
witness is downright terrifying. Starring Canadians Bruce Greenwood and
Leslie Hope and executive produced and written by Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli, paranormal thriller series THE RIVER debuts with a special two-hour series premiere, Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on CTV and CTV Mobile on Bell Mobile TV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The eight-part series' mind-blowing
scare tactics and disturbing scenes are unlike anything previously
created for network television. Shot in the raw visual style of a
hand-held-camera, THE RIVER is expertly-crafted to rattle viewers to the core. The heavily
buzzed-about series follows the story of world famous wildlife expert
and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Quebec-native Bruce Greenwood, Star Trek) after he goes missing deep in the Amazon. THE RIVER airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
**Media Note** Photography for THE RIVER is available online at BellMediaPR.ca.
"Family drama, reality show type twists, or straight-up horror - no
matter what you're looking for, THE RIVER has enough of it to grab
viewers at every turn," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and
Sports. "A mind-altering, edge-of-your seat paranormal thriller, THE
RIVER will not disappoint."
In THE RIVER, famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Greenwood) went looking for magic deep
in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about
his disappearance is out there, waiting to be discovered. To the
millions of kids who grew up watching his show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To
his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months later, and at the urging of
his mother, Tess (Halifax-native Leslie Hope, 24), Lincoln reluctantly
joins her on a search for his father when his emergency beacon suddenly
and mysteriously goes off. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr.
Cole's cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne, LIPSTICK JUNGLE),
film the mission documentary-style.
A mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances join the search for
Emmet. The team includes the alluring and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford,
LONE STAR), whose father also disappeared as part of Dr. Cole's
crew, and loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa, RESURRECTION BLVD) who
was oddly left behind for the ill-fated voyage. Also amongst the
travelers are lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas
Kretschmann, King Kong), camera operator Andreus Jude "A.J." Poulain (Shaun Parkes, The Mummy Returns), and Emilio's curious daughter Jahel Valenzuela (up-and-comer Paulina
Gaitán, Sin Nombre).
In the two hour series premiere (Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), after a fruitless search for missing adventurer and television
personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) comes up empty, his family
and friends abandon hope and hold a memorial service to commemorate his
amazing life. His grieving wife, Tess (Leslie Hope), reluctantly tries
to face the reality that her husband is gone, while her son, Lincoln
(Joe Anderson), is more than ready to bury his past. Six months later,
Emmet's location beacon mysteriously begins to relay a signal from deep
inside the Amazon. Tess persuades Lincoln to join her and Emmet's film
crew on a journey through the jungle to find him, a journey on which
horrifying and almost mythical events will push them to their limits.
New episodes of THE RIVER will also be available the day following their CTV television broadcast
on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, on the CTV iPad App, and on Bell Mobile TV featuring CTV Mobile.
THE RIVER, from Amblin's Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television's Darryl Frank
and Justin Falvey, and showrunner/executive producer Michael Green
(HEROES, KINGS), is also executive-produced by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Zack Estrin (PRISON BREAK), Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity 1, 2 and 3) and Steven Schneider. Teleplay by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green,
story by Oren Peli & Michael R. Perry and Michael Green. The pilot is
directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and produced by ABC Studios.
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