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September 10, 2013 11:03 AM
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Sundance Channel to Air French Zombie Series 'The Returned'

'The Returned'

Sundance Channel has picked up the rights to the French supernatural drama "The Returned," and will give the series its US television premiere on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9pm ET/PT, with subsequent episodes airing weekly on Thursdays. The eight-part series was acquired from Music Fox Films and is based on Robin Campillo's 2004 film "They Came Back," a kind of poetic zombie film in which 70 million people inexplicably return from the dead and attempt to reintegrate themselves into society.

Created by Fabrice Gobert, "The Returned" has been a critical hit on both Canal+ and Channel 4 in the UK. "We decided to take zombies to a new and utterly original level -- we made them French!" Sundance Channel's Sarah Barnett said in the announcement. "'The Returned' is smart entertainment that shocks and entertains at every turn. We think our audience will love how this series grounds the supernatural in deeply human emotions." "'The Returned' epitomizes the very best of the crop of outstanding international television productions finding its way onto US screens," added Music Box's William Schopf. "We couldn’t be more excited about working with our partners at the Sundance Channel to introduce this extraordinary series to American audiences."

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The series is set in a small French mountain town where a seemingly random group of people find themselves confusedly trying to get home, only to discover they're been dead for several years. As the community tries to cope with the return of friends, family members and lovers who've been buried and mourned, a series of gruesome murders resembling the work of a past serial killer takes place. The series, which first aired in France in the fall of 2012, bears some resemblance to the upcoming ABC fall drama "Resurrection," which was based on a novel by Jason Mott called, coincidentally, "The Returned."

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  • Mike Brunner | December 27, 2013 7:30 PMReply

    Hello, I writing because weeks ago I read Sundance would be showing "The Returned", apparently it did not air here. I have Comcast and I did a search about a week before Christmas and it was not listed so I could not set the DVR and then I looked at Comcast's Xfinity on Demand it it wasn't there either. I have checked this site and only find short clips. Can someone shed some light on this. Thank you.

  • dreamlife613 | September 11, 2013 6:35 PMReply

    Yes! I can't wait to rewatch this. It's a very atmospheric series and Halloween is the perfect timing. Great soundtrack, too. Hopefully Sundance acquires the 2nd season whenever it comes out.