The Michael Piller
-produced USA Network series THE DEAD ZONE wrapped up its second thirteen episode run Sunday night with the episode "Zion," penned by Piller and former ST:TNG writer, Joe Menosky
. But today TrekWeb has learned that the successful cable series will be returning for additional episodes sooner than next season.
Billed as a continuance of the show's second season, six all new episodes will debut in early July. They are tenatively scheduled for July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. An order for an official third season of the Anthony Michael Hall vehicle has not yet been made.
"Season two of THE DEAD ZONE continues as the hit series, based on the characters from the Stephen King novel, returns with six new episodes this summer," a USA Network representative told TrekWeb, without further comment.
THE DEAD ZONE is home to many STAR TREK veterans, including co-producer Michael Taylor, who was a writer on ST:DS9 and ST:VOY; Nicole de Boer, who played 'Ezri Dax' in the final season of DS9; Shawn Piller, writer of VOY's "Death Wish" and "The Q and the Grey" and TNG's "Journey's End"; and of course Piller and Menosky. Produced in Vancouver, the series debuted last June to record ratings.
THE DEAD ZONE airs Sundays at 10 PM on USA Network.
In other news, Zap2it reports that another STAR TREK alum has cause to celebrate today. Bryan Fuller, former writer and co-producer on ST:VOY, has received a 13-episode committment for a show he co-created with Todd Holland. The Fox network has ordered WONDER FALLS, a series about an eccentric souvenir vendor whose wares begin talking to her. Fuller describes the project with a grain of salt as TOUCHED BY A CRAZY PERSON.
"We've had a lot of support and enthusiasm for the project from FOX, 20th and Regency and it's been a really positive experience," Fuller told Zap2it. He is now overseeing the editing of the show's pilot episode.
Fuller recently penned the NBC television movie CARRIE as well as the Showtime series DEAD LIKE ME, which recently added 24 actress Laura Harris to its cast as "a beautiful, headstrong addition to the team," according to ABC-CBNNEWS. DEAD LIKE ME focuses on a girl who dies and becomes part of a team of grim reapers. Premiere dates for either project are not yet available.
For the Zap2it article on WONDER FALLS, check out this page.
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