Everything You Need to Know About USA’s New Series ‘Colony’

COLONY -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Neustaedter as Bram Bowman, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as Grace Sullivan, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman, Josh Holloway as Will Bowman -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network)

“The only thing in this world we can trust is ourselves…”

The Hosts have taken over. A curfew has been set. Welcome to USA’s new drama series Colony.

Instead of the usual story that strings us along from the very beginning with the Aliens invading and what happens next, Colony starts us off after that’s already happened. Now we’re dealing with the aftermath of how people are surviving the invasion and what they have to do to stay alive and keep their families together.

The show has a slow start, but will leave you wanting more by the end. The last few minutes will have you hooked, looking to hit play on the next episode.

From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) comes USA’s newest, highly-anticipated drama Colony which is set in the near future and centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles.

Josh Holloway (Lost) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies.  While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences.  After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives.  They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.

Colony is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.   Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces.

Colony premieres Thursday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

You can watch the first 11 minutes of the premiere here:

Check out some still from Colony Season 1, Episode 1:

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A&E Sets Premiere Date for ‘Bates Motel’ and ‘The Returned’

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At the Television Critics Association winter session, A&E Networks announced the return date of Carlton Cuse’s hit series Bates Motel which will be paired with his new show The Returned, airing back-to-back on Monday, March 9. Basically, it’s a Cuse kind of night!

Bates returns for a gripping third season followed by the premiere of the new original drama The Returned at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively.

Bates Motel stars Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman) and, according to A&E, the third season “focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leaves Norma (Vera Farmiga) reluctantly more aware of Norman’s mental fragility and is fearful of what he is capable of.”

The synopsis continues: “After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened.  Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts.”

“Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.”

Cuse’s other series The Returned “focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear,bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences.”

The synopsis continues: “As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.”

The series is based on the widely popular French suspense drama which is now available on Netflix.

The Returned stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Smashed), Mark Pellegrino (Lost) , Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Six Feet Under), India Ennenga (Treme), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards), Agnes Bruckner (24), Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Tandi Wright (Nothing Trivial), Mat Vairo (Revolution), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Dylan Kingwell (The Tomorrow People), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Dakota Guppy (Rush), Leah Gibson (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Rhys Ward (The Strain), Scott Hylands (V), Terry Chen (Bates Motel), Roger Cross (24).

 

FX’s ‘The Strain’ Renewed for a Second Season

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We are all infected…the virus is spreading! FX has announced that they are renewing The Strain for a second season, just days after the sixth episode aired. The second season will consist of thirteen episodes and premiere in summer 2015. The network also announced that Season 1 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray December 2.

The Strain is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan. “I am thrilled! Another season to spread the virus!” said del Toro. “Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes — the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.”

According to FX, The Strain is the highest-rated new basic cable drama of 2014, and was even the most-watched premiere in FX history, with 12.7 million total viewers..

The vampire-ish series is firing on all cylinders, with the last few episodes reeling me in more and more. When Abraham went down into the basement and found the family of vampires and then dropped his heart pills, almost gave me a heart attack myself!

The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, David Bradley, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Jack Kesy, Miguel Gomez and Ben Hyland .

The Strain airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX.

Photo credit: FX