The CW's Roanoke-on-Mars Series Is Starting to Take Shape

Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 3:39PM
Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 3:39PM
The CW's Roanoke-on-Mars Series Is Starting to Take Shape
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The legendary "Lost Colony" of Roanoke is getting the Mark Watney treatment, as The CW is pushing full steam ahead in developing a series about a lost colony on Mars. The series will be executive produced by Reign's Doris Egan, and the rapidly growing cast includes The Man in the High Castle actor Neal Bledsoe and Fringe alumna Georgina Haig.

Here is the official description of the as-yet-unnamed series, according to Deadline:

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Written by Doris Egan (Reign), the thriller follows a team of explorers who arrive on Mars to join the first human colony on the planet, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons.
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The series was inspired by the true story/legend of the Roanake Colony, a settlement in North Carolina in the 1600's that vanished without a trace. The pilgrims found the empty, abandoned colony with no clue as to why the inhabitants left, except for the word "CROATOAN" carved into a fence. This series will be essentially the same thing, except on Mars, and the fate of the lost colony will likely be the central mystery of the series (maybe with a similarly ominous word carved into a crater or something like that). 

Bledsoe plays protagonist Lewis, the "handsome, charming, brilliant and resolute" astronaut who is charged with leading the expedition to Mars and selecting the rest of the team. He ultimately falls in love with another member of the expedition, played by Georgina Haig, who currently recurs on CBS' Limitless and recently appeared as Princess Elsa in Once Upon a Time. Her character, Gina Nolan, is described as "intense, motivated and sharp" and "a true explorer, believing it is the destiny of mankind to investigate the universe." The cast also includes Mouzam Makkar, Carl Beukes, Tongayi Chirisa and Peter Mark Kendall.

The premise of this show actually sounds interesting, and has the potential to be The CW's answer to Lost. The network has transformed significantly over the last few years, putting out high-quality nerd shows like Arrow, The Flash, The 100, iZombie, and more, so hopefully they'll continue their winning streak with their latest genre offering.

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