ABC Scare UP THE RIVER Preview Footage, Brings LOST Paralells

Both Alcatraz and Once Upon A Time have had people raising the ‘next LOST?’ question this week. But how about The River?

Yet another Steven Spielberg produced series, and from the same people who scared you with Paranormal Activity, The River blends thrills, spills and mockumentary with the mystery of the Amazon.

To get an idea of what this series holds – either as a LOST pretender, or a series that stands on its own merits – check out the trailer and sneak, which we’ve embedded after the jump.

“The River” – Trailer

“The River” – Sneak Peek

So, the Smoke Monster lives on? Joking aside (I think), I am intrigued by the nature of this entity and the deeper mystery of The River.

The documentary style approach is an intriguing element. At this early stage I can see The River at least grabbing some eyeballs (maybe literally) if ABC market the series effectively. In its own way LOST had some chilling moments, but The River could take the scare-factor to another level. It could be the hook that reels people in.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until midseason to see The River, but there will surely be plenty of promotional material throughout the intervening months.

Here’s are the details:

“The River” follows the story of wildlife expert and TV personality Emmet Cole. Emmet set course around the world with his wife, Tess, and son, Lincoln, while filming what would become one of the most popular shows in television. After he goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.

Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).

“The River” stars Bruce Greenwood (“Star Trek”) as Emmet Cole, Joe Anderson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2”) as Lincoln Cole, Paul Blackthorne (“Lipstick Jungle”) as Clark, Paulina Gaitan as Jahel, Leslie Hope (“24”) as Tess Cole, Eloise Mumford (“Lone Star”) as Lena, Shaun Parkes (“The Mummy Returns”) as Adjay, Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”) as Captain Kurt Brynildson and Daniel Zacapa (“Resurrection Blvd.”) as Emilio.

“The River,” from Amblin’s Steven Spielberg, Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey, showrunner/executive producer Michael Green (“Heroes,” “Kings”), is also executive-produced by Oren Peli (creator of “Paranormal Activity”), Zack Estrin, Jason Blum 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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  1. Pat says

    I wish people would stop trying to find the “next” LOST.

    There is, and will only ever be, 1 LOST, and it effectively set the bar for any supernatural, sci-fi-esque, serialized drama. And thats why shows comparing themselves to Lost the last few years have failed so horribly (i.e. FlashForward, Outcasts, and The Event to name 3). They just cant match up and cant live up to the expectations that people now have as a result of LOST being as great as it was.

    I hope these shows succeed, but in order for that to happen, they need to be judged on their own merits, not how good they are compared to LOST.

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  2. Pam says

    OOOOOOOO nice!!!!! shades of Blair Witch and looks very very good- hope the scariness lasts beyond the first series tho- I got fed up with Lost at the (disappointing) end

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