Yahoo! TV has revealed that A&E’s The Returned, a remake of the French series Les Revenants, will air March 9th at 10 p.m.
The show follows a Washington mountain town that experiences the sudden freakish reappearance of long-lost loved ones and those once left behind aren’t sure whether to rejoice or run. “Technically, it’s a zombie show, but they’re not horrible creatures trying to eat people. They don’t remember anything about how they died and want to reconnect, but life moves on, they’re not quite the same as when they were alive, and It’s impossible to pick up where you left off,” executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) explains. “It’s a character-centered meditation on love, loss, and grief with a genre element. We view death as the ultimate event, but what if it isn’t?”
Foreign Exchange: While Cuse says the first six episodes contain a fair amount of overlap with the spooky French favorite, “we tried to fill in character backstories.” And this version, adds Cuse, cuts down on the original’s sense of ennui: “We had to address the different tonal approaches and cultural differences for it to work for an American audience.”
The Returned stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Agnes Bruckner, Mark Pellegrino, Kevin Alejandro, and Sophie Lowe.
Be sure to check your local listings, tune in and set your DVRs!