Believe (TV series)

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Believe
NBC-Believe-logo.jpg
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Steven Price
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)New York City[1]
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runMarch 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) – present
External links
Official website
 
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Believe
NBC-Believe-logo.jpg
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Steven Price
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)New York City[1]
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runMarch 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) – present
External links
Official website

Believe is an American science fiction/fantasy/adventure television series that is broadcasting as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule on NBC as a mid-season entry.[2] The series was created by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and Markus Friedman. The pilot episode aired March 10, 2014 before premiering in its regular time slot on Sunday, March 16.[3]

Premise[edit]

Bo is a young girl who was born with special abilities that she cannot control, and as they start evolving, the people who are protecting her must turn to an outsider. This leads them to William Tate, a wrongfully convicted death-row inmate, whom they break out of prison. Although he is reluctant to take on the role as her protector, the two eventually form a bond that will guide them to helping each other, as well as others, while staying one step ahead of the evil forces that want the girl.

Cast[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Development and production[edit]

The series first appeared as part of NBC's development slate in September 2012.[4] In January 2013, NBC green-lit production of a pilot episode.[5] On May 12, 2013, the series was placed on the network's 2013–14 schedule, where it was expected to debut after the 2014 Winter Olympics.[6]

On July 17, 2013, co-creator and executive producer Mark Friedman departed the series. Cuarón will stay on board as executive producer alongside J. J. Abrams. Friedman was ultimately succeeded by Dave Erickson.[7] A few months later, in December, Erickson also stepped down as executive producer/showrunner and was replaced by Jonas Pate, who was serving as a co-executive producer and series director. Pate now runs the day-to-day production of the series along with Hans Tobeason, who serves as "on-set" producer in New York, where filming takes place. To allow a smoother transition for the new showrunners and accommodate script re-writes, production went on hiatus from December 20 to January 6, 2014.[1]

Casting[edit]

McLaughlin (Tate) was the first regular to be cast in February 2013,[8] followed by Lindo (Winter),[9] Sienna Guillory, Chung (Channing) and 10-year-old newcomer Sequoyah (Bo).[10] MacLachlan was added in March 2013[11] as was Arian Moayed.[12] In June 2013, Guillory was dropped from the series after the pilot, with producers choosing not to continue with her character, professional hit-woman Moore, going forward.[13] Moayed, whose character Corey was originally conceived to be Moore's right-hand man,[14] was quietly dropped as a series regular after the second episode.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Alfonso CuarónAlfonso Cuarón & Mark FriedmanMarch 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)10.56[15]
Bo and her foster parents are forced off the road. The assassin proceeds to kill the foster parents, but before the assassin could kidnap Bo, other people are on scene and Bo is taken to the hospital. Tate is about to be executed for murder, which he claims he was framed for. But Winter and his team helps him escape and assign him to get Bo out of the hospital. He gets Bo to a safe house when she is reunited with Winter and Channing. But the assassin soon follows. Bo, Tate, Winter and Channing barely escape the safe house after Bo uses her powers. 
2"Beginner's Luck"Omar MadhaDave EricksonMarch 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)6.57[16]
Bo and Tate wake up on the bus in Atlantic City. He convinces Bo to use her powers to gamble and earn money at a nearby casino. Meanwhile, Skouras decides to recruit an FBI agent to kidnap Bo and reveals that she has powers but not why he needs her. A photo of Bo and Tate at the casino goes up online, with an AMBER Alert for Bo. She and Tate steal a car and stop for gas. One of Skouras's men attempts to kidnap Bo again, but fails, blowing up the gas station in the process. After a flat tire, they are cornered by the police, and Tate is arrested, while Bo is taken away in another car. Skouras, with cameras nearby, sees the arrangement and has everyone make sure that Tate was taken into custody and that they have the girl. It is later revealed that the policemen were working for Winter. Knowing that they have money problems, due to the child's illness, Bo gives a mother and child a wad of money. 
3"Origin"Stephen WilliamsJonas PateMarch 23, 2014 (2014-03-23)5.13[17]
Bo and Tate get trapped in Manhattan, and meet a very wealthy woman, who is still mourning the loss of her son from decades ago. The FBI figures out they are in New York when security footage shows them exiting a toll booth in Manhattan. 
4"Defection"Sam HillNick AntoscaMarch 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)4.89[18]
Tate goes out on a limb to find the author of a love letter that has been lost for a long time. As this unfolds, Agent Ferrell assisted by Skouras, intensify their attempts to bring Tate and Bo into custody. 
5"White Noise"Jonas PateDave EricksonApril 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)4.25[19]
6"Sinking"[20]TBATBAApril 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)TBA
7"Bang and Blame"[21]TBATBAApril 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)TBA

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2013–14)[edit]

No.TitleAir dateRatings/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Viewers Rank
(Week)
DVR
18–49
DVR Viewers
(millions)
Total
18–49
Total Viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)2.7/8[15]10.56[15]
2"Beginner's Luck"March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)1.5/4[16]7.56[16]
3"Origin"March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23)1.3/3[17]5.13[17]
4"Defection"March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)1.1/3[18]4.89[18]
5"White Noise"April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)1.0/2[19]4.25[19]

Reception[edit]

Believe has received mixed reviews. On Rotten tomatoes, the show has an score of 37% based on all critics but 67% of the audience likes it.[22] On Metacritic, the critics give the show a score of 54 out of 100 while the fans give the show a 6.6 out of 10.[23]

International distribution[edit]

The series premiered in the UK on the Watch channel on March 27, 2014.[24] It airs in Canada on the CTV network,[25] and in Latin America on the Warner Channel.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 14, 2013). "NBC's Alfonso Cuaron/J.J. Abrams Series 'Believe' Makes Showrunner Change, Goes On Early Hiatus". Deadline. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NBC fall schedule reveals big moves" from Entertainment Weekly (May 12, 2013)
  3. ^ Rice, Lynette (January 10, 2014). "NBC announces start dates for 'About a Boy,' 'Crisis,' more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Development Update: Friday, September 21". The Futon Critic. September 21, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Development Update: Friday, January 25". The Futon Critic. January 25, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ McConnell, Marisa; O'Connell, Michael (May 12, 2013). "NBC Gives New Drama 'Blacklist' Post-'Voice' Slot on Mondays". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ The Deadline Team (July 17, 2013). "Showrunner Mark Friedman Exits NBC's J.J. Abrams Drama 'Believe'". Deadline. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuarón NBC Drama Pilot 'Believe' Casts Co-Lead" from Deadline (February 14, 2013)
  9. ^ "Delroy Lindo to Co-Star in NBC's J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron Drama 'Believe' (Exclusive)", Hollywood Reporter, 26 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Sienna Guillory, Jamie Chung Join NBC's J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron's 'Believe' (Exclusive)", Hollywood Reporter, 26 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan Joins NBC's J.J. Abrams-Produced Drama Pilot Believe", TV Line, 4 March 2013.
  12. ^ "NBC Pilots 'Holding Patterns', 'Believe' & Rand Ravich Project Add To Casts", Deadline, 12 March 2013.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (19 June 2013). "Sienna Guillory Exits NBC Drama 'Believe' (Exclusive)". The Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (12 March 2013). "NBC Pilots ‘Holding Patterns’, ‘Believe’ & Rand Ravich Project Add To Casts". Deadline. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Believe', 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'Bones'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (March 18, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon A Time', 'Resurrection', 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Cosmos', 'American Dad' & 'Believe' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (March 25, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Once Upon a Time' & 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Up; '60 Minutes', 'American Dad', 'Revenge' & 'The Good Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Good Wife', 'Resurrection', 'Crisis', '60 Minutes' & 'America's Funniest Home Videos' Adjusted Up; 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (April 8, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time', 'American Dream Builders', 'America's Funniest Home Videos' & 'Resurrection' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Believe : Sinking". Zap2it. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Believe : Bang and Blame". Zap2it. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Believe: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Believe : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (October 3, 2013). "JJ Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón TV drama 'Believe' to air on Watch in the UK". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ Believe at CTV
  26. ^ Warner Channel homepage (Spanish)

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