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The Returned 

A small town's residents are stunned when recently deceased locals begin returning from the dead. What should be a miracle soon becomes a nightmare.

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Carlton Cuse
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Series cast summary:
Kevin Alejandro ...  Tommy Solano 10 episodes, 2015
Agnes Bruckner ...  Nikki Banks 10 episodes, 2015
India Ennenga ...  Camille Winship / ... 10 episodes, 2015
Sandrine Holt ...  Julie Han 10 episodes, 2015
Sophie Lowe ...  Lena Winship 10 episodes, 2015
Mark Pellegrino ...  Jack Winship 10 episodes, 2015
Jeremy Sisto ...  Peter Lattimore 10 episodes, 2015
Mat Vairo ...  Simon Moran 10 episodes, 2015
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ...  Rowan Blackshaw 10 episodes, 2015
Tandi Wright ...  Claire Winship 10 episodes, 2015
Dylan Kingwell ...  Victor / ... 10 episodes, 2015
Dakota Guppy ...  Chloe Blackshaw 9 episodes, 2015
Keenan Tracey ...  Ben Lowry 8 episodes, 2015
Michelle Forbes ...  Helen Goddard 8 episodes, 2015
Terry Chen ...  Mark Bao 7 episodes, 2015
Aaron Douglas ...  Tony Darrow 7 episodes, 2015
Rhys Ward ...  Adam Darrow 7 episodes, 2015
Giacomo Baessato ...  Shane Slater 6 episodes, 2015
Leah Gibson ...  Lucy McCabe 5 episodes, 2015
Chelah Horsdal ...  Kris 5 episodes, 2015
Carl Lumbly ...  Pastor Leon Wright 5 episodes, 2015
Alexander Calvert ...  Hunter / ... 5 episodes, 2015
Eva Day ...  Sara 5 episodes, 2015
Katie Stuart ...  Abby / ... 5 episodes, 2015
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Focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been presumed dead suddenly reappear, having not aged and unaware of their own fatality. As they attempt to resume their lives, strange phenomena and gruesome murders begin to occur. Written by Futon Critic

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Death is not the end

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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English

Release Date:

9 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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They Came Back See more »

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16 : 9
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"Les revenants" for dummies
10 March 2015 | by ian-ferenceSee all my reviews

This review is based on the first episode of the American remake of "Les revenants", probably the only episode I'll ever watch, given its almost overwhelming inferiority. Once again, someone - in this case, Carlton Cuse (who I have nothing against; I enjoy Bates Motel) - has gotten it in their head that a standout European offering needs to be remade in America. Remember "Gracepoint", the American remake of "Broadchurch"? Yeah, neither do I.

They follow the French script almost exactly, but the execution is terrible. Many of the older characters are made younger; most of the plain or even ugly characters are made at least somewhat attractive, if not hot. The pacing is terrible. Whereas the original featured shots that lingered over scenes to create atmosphere and lingered over characters' faces to allow them to subtly emote, the remake features fast cuts and dutch angles. Thus, the show loses any sense of subtlety. The original was a carefully crafted character drama with the feeling of an elegiac dirge; the remake is a plot-driven mess with none of the atmosphere. The characters simply are not believable in the way the characters in the original were; their motivations and emotions are completely opaque. The language is sanitized, presumably for some ratings board, but due to this does not feel real at all. The music is a far cry from the utterly atmospheric soundtrack composed by Mogwai for the French version. At best, this is an incompetent blunder; at best, it is a travesty against good taste, especially with "Les revenants" so widely available, including in America.

American studios need to start coming up with their own concepts and executing them well instead of badly ripping off European television. And they're certainly capable - from "Six Feet Under" to "Carnivale" to "Breaking Bad" to "True Detective", there have been plenty of good-to-great American programs. But they just fail every time they try to remake an exceptional European show. What's next, "Spiral", the American remake of "Engrenages", starring Angelina Jolie as Berthaud, Justin Bieber as Roban, and shot with a fisheye lens?


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