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UPDATE: NBC Cancels ‘The Event’, Talks Underway To Continue The Show Elsewhere

By | Friday May 13, 2011 @ 10:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: No surprise there – NBC has pulled the plug on the low-rated sci-fi drama The Event, which started off strongly but quickly fizzled. But there is a twist, and it’s not only the big surprise planned by the producers for the finale. Talks are underway with at least one distribution partner to take over the serialized drama. The Event executive producer Steve Stark wouldn’t comment, but I hear new original programming player Netflix’s name tossed around. Word is that there has been interest from several cable and digital entities. Stark said that they are exploring the opportunities with  the “full support” of the studio, UMS. “NBC has been an amazing partner, it launched the show beautifully,” he said. Added creator Nick Wauters: “We have a dedicated fan base, and we promised them we will deliver one way or another and will continue to tell our stories.”

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TCA: ‘Event’ Team Asks For Viewers’ Trust

By | Friday July 30, 2010 @ 1:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The panel for NBC’s The Event often evoked 24 and Lost and understandably so as the new NBC serialized thriller about a government conspiracy is touted as a potential successor to the iconic dramas that bowed out in May.  It also has 24 veteran Evan Katz as showrunner. “The show won’t be as dark (as 24) but there will be the same intensity, the same roller-coaster ride that provokes visceral response to what you watch.”

Producers fielded a lot of questions about how they will sustain viewers’ interest in a dense serialized drama. The biggest questions in the pilot will be answered in the second episode, Katz said. (The Event received strong reaction at Comic-Con last week.) Creator Nick Wauters, who admitted to being influenced by Lost and 24, stressed that “we will try and reveal as many answers as we can as we go and set up more mysteries. “But you have to go on faith that we know what we’re doing,” he said. “As a viewer myself and a fan of Lost, I ask for people’s trust.”

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