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New MGM Sci-Fi Series JEREMIAH Coming to SHOWTIME(July 30, 2001)
Perry will play the lead role of Jeremiah. Warner, formerly of the critically acclaimed "Cosby Show" also makes his return to series television.
Based on a European comic book, whose characters have achieved cult status in the U.S and Europe, the 20-episode series is slated to debut in early 2002. JEREMIAH is being produced by Jeremiah Productions Inc. in association with Lion's Gate Television and Platinum Studios and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution. This new series marks a continuing partnership between MGM and SHOWTIME on such highly successful sci-fi series as "Stargate SG-1" and "The Outer Limits," as well as the much anticipated "Leap Years" which debuts on July 29th on SHOWTIME.
Straczynski will serve as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Sam Egan, who has produced and written for "The Outer Limits" and "Northern Exposure." Russell Mulcahy (SHOWTIME's "Queer As Folk") will direct the two-hour premiere. The executive producers also include Luke Perry, Joe Dante ("Small Soldiers," "Innerspace," "The Howling," "The Burbs," "Twilight Zone: The Movie"), Michael Finnell ("Teaching Mrs. Tingle," "Small Soldiers," "Twilight Zone: The Movie," "The Howling"), Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who developed the hit film "Men In Black," Ervin Rustemagic and Gregory Noveck, who are both co-producing several upcoming live-action features for Platinum Studios with Rosenberg. The creative executives for Showtime are John Vasey and Randy Runkle. For MGM the creative executive is Craig Roessler.
JEREMIAH is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where, almost a decade before, a deadly virus wiped out the world's adult population sparing only those who haven't reached puberty. Now in their 20s, the oldest survivors of the pandemic include Jeremiah and the colorful but cynical Kurdy. Jeremiah is on a personal quest to relocate a mysterious place called Valhalla, which his father claimed might hold some hope for the survivors. As Jeremiah falls into a reluctant partnership with Kurdy, both explore new areas and encounter other groups of young adults who are divided into rival social groups. In the course of the season opener, Jeremiah's smaller personal quest is redirected when he discovers a group of highly organized survivors who want to enlist him to orchestrate peace among the warring factions and to try and prevent the killer virus from returning.
MGM Television Entertainment handles television development and production for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Its series lineup includes the forthcoming "Leap Years," slated to debut in July, "Stargate SG-1," "The Outer Limits," and "Poltergeist: The Legacy," as well as original made-for-television movies such as the upcoming "Oooph!," starring Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna, and Christine Lahti and "In The Time Of The Butterflies," with Salma Hayek and Edward James Olmos.
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