The Dead Zone (TV series)

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The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone TV2.jpg
Created byStephen King
Developed byMichael Piller
Shawn Piller
StarringAnthony Michael Hall
Nicole de Boer
Chris Bruno
John L. Adams
Connor Price
Opening theme"New Year's Prayer" by Jeff Buckley
(seasons 1-3)
"Dead Zone Epic" by Blues Saraceno
(seasons 4-6)
Country of originUnited States
Canada[1]
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes80 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Peter Lhotka Ep 1 & 2
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)DawnField Entertainment
Crescent Entertainment (2002-2007)
Dead Zone Production (2002–2007)
Lionsgate Television (2002–2007)
The Lloyd Segan Company (2002–2007)
Modern Entertainment (2002–2007)
Piller2 (2002–2007)
Paramount Network Television (2002–2006)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–2007)
DistributorDebmar-Mercury/20th Television (USA)
CBS Studios International (non-USA)
Broadcast
Original channelUSA Network
Original runJune 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
 
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The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone TV2.jpg
Created byStephen King
Developed byMichael Piller
Shawn Piller
StarringAnthony Michael Hall
Nicole de Boer
Chris Bruno
John L. Adams
Connor Price
Opening theme"New Year's Prayer" by Jeff Buckley
(seasons 1-3)
"Dead Zone Epic" by Blues Saraceno
(seasons 4-6)
Country of originUnited States
Canada[1]
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes80 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Peter Lhotka Ep 1 & 2
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)DawnField Entertainment
Crescent Entertainment (2002-2007)
Dead Zone Production (2002–2007)
Lionsgate Television (2002–2007)
The Lloyd Segan Company (2002–2007)
Modern Entertainment (2002–2007)
Piller2 (2002–2007)
Paramount Network Television (2002–2006)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–2007)
DistributorDebmar-Mercury/20th Television (USA)
CBS Studios International (non-USA)
Broadcast
Original channelUSA Network
Original runJune 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)
The cast of The Dead Zone.

The Dead Zone, aka Stephen King's Dead Zone (in USA) is an American–Canadian science fiction/suspense series starring Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith, who discovers he has developed psychic abilities after a coma. The show, credited as "based on characters" from Stephen King's 1979 novel of the same name, first aired in 2002, and was produced by Lionsgate Television and CBS Paramount Network Television (Paramount Network Television 2002-05) for the USA Network.

The show was originally commissioned for UPN, but the network later dropped the show and it was picked up instead by USA.[2] The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for its first five seasons. The sixth and last season was billed as "The season that changes everything" and production was moved to Montreal.[3]

The Dead Zone was expected to be renewed for a seventh season, however due to low ratings and high production cost the series was canceled in December 2007, without a proper series finale.

Some rumors spread that Syfy would pick up the series after it was canceled by USA, but it did not happen. Rumors of a made for TV movie have all but faded with time.[4]

Plot[edit]

Small-town teacher Johnny Smith is involved in a car accident that leaves him comatose for approximately six years. After regaining consciousness, Johnny begins having visions of the past and future triggered by touching items or people; doctors attribute the visions to activity in a previously unused "dead zone" of his brain that is attempting to compensate for the impaired function of the portions injured in the accident. Johnny also learns that his fiancée, Sarah, gave birth to his son in the interim following the accident, but has since married another man.

With the help of Sarah, her husband Walt, and physical therapist Bruce, Johnny begins using his abilities to help solve crimes. However, his attempts to do good are complicated by intermittent visions of apocalyptic events brought about following the future election of congressional candidate Greg Stillson.

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Ratings[edit]

The first season averaged 6.4 million viewers while season four averaged 3.4 million and season six averaged 2.1 million.[citation needed] The series premiere scored 6.4 million viewers, holding the record for highest premiere on USA Network, until bested by The 4400 premiere which drew 7.4 million viewers.[citation needed]

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DVD releases[edit]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released all 6 seasons of The Dead Zone on DVD in Region 1, while CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) has also released all 6 seasons in Region 2.

On June 26, 2012, Lionsgate will release a complete series set on DVD in Canada only.[5]

DVD nameEp #Region 1Region 2Additional information (Region 1 DVDs only)
Season 113June 17, 2003January 30, 2006
  • Behind the Scenes: Genesis - The creators of the series explain how The Dead Zone came to be.
  • Writing -A featurette that takes you inside meetings with the writing staff as they outline each episode.
  • Music And Special Effects- An in-depth tour of The Dead Zone's amazing visual effects.
  • Never before seen interviews with various guest stars
  • Commentary on all 13 episodes.
  • Storyboards
Season 219June 8, 2004May 1, 2006
  • Production Commentary for all 19 episodes
  • The Making of an Episode
  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Never-before-seen interviews with directors and guest stars
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards
Season 312June 7, 2005February 12, 2007
  • Commentaries for all 12 episodes
  • Featurettes: HD Conversion and Wacky Caterers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Short Film ("Five Minutes 'Til Mitch") Directed by John L. Adams with Intro.
Season 412June 13, 2006July 23, 2007
  • The production design of The Dead Zone featurette
  • Audio commentaries
  • Deleted scenes
Season 511June 5, 2007July 13, 2009
  • The Other side of the Camera explores the directorial debut of series stars Chris Bruno and John L. Adams.
  • A Day With JLA is a guided tour of a typical day on set with series star John L. Adams.
  • Audio Commentaries
Season 613June 3, 2008March 22, 2010
  • A New Home for The Dead Zone
  • All Aboard: Filming The Dead Zone
  • Audio Commentary on 4 Episodes
Complete Series80June 26, 2012N/A

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