The 4400
(7/2004 - present)



Airs: 9pm/8pm (c), Sundays (USA)

DVD Releases:

Season 1 (12/21/2004) [Buy It]
Season 2 (05/23/2006)


Premise:

"The 4400" is a hour-long series about 4,400 alien-abducted people after they are returned to Earth. Each has been gone anywhere from a few months to several decades but hasn't aged a day, with no memory of thier abduction experiences. Some have certain abilities, both good and bad.

Dennis Ryland is the supervisor of a federal agency in charge of the returned abductees. He puts Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris in charge of tracking and studying these mysterious returnees.

Theme Song: "A Place In Time" performed by Amanda Abizaid

The Official Website: The 4400

News:

(9/08/06) - To no real surprise, USA Network ordered a 4th season consisting of 13 one-hour episodes of The 4400. Production begins in Vancouver in early 2007 and the season will air on the USA Network in summer 2007.

(6/14/06) - Producer Ira Steven Behr told SCIFI Wire that the fate of Lily Moore was due to a business issue.

"At the beginning of the season, when we meet with the network to start talking about the new season, we pitched the series that had Laura Allen in it," Behr said. "And events kind of took hold on their own, and I was basically told that she wasn't going to be back. And we [came] back to [rewrite] the opening two hours, and we had to, you know, change course."

Behr wouldn't go into detail, but confirmed that is was "a business thing. Yeah. It was not a creative decision, ultimately. It was a business decision. And, as I was saying, there's ... just so many things that I'm sure you hear all the time from people on shows. They're just money decisions and business decisions, and there's a lot of people with a lot of say in all these things. A lot of people who have to answer to a lot of other people who don't have any dealings with [us], and it just ... got out of hand. And, suddenly, there you go. So you just move on."

If Allen had stayed on with the show, her character would still have experienced some of the same storyline. "I will say this, though," he said. "One of the stories we had for her did involve her getting older, so that was going to be in there, but that was going to be an arc that was going to end in a slightly different way. But, you know, these things happen all the time."

(3/08/06) - Ira Steven Behr, co-creator of The 4400, recently told SCI FI Wire that the third season will take the show into a new direction. Season three will focus more on the show's mythology and main characters. Also, Megalyn Echikunwoke is joining the regular cast, playing an adult version of baby Isabelle.

"We are definitely using the last two episodes of last season, 'The Fifth Page' and 'Mommy's Bosses,' as the engine to drive this season," Behr said in an interview. "In other words, last year we kind of alternated kind of big mythology type of episodes ... [with episodes in which] we'd introduce the 4400, they would have a problem that either affected them or affected society in general, and we would deal with that problem. ... What we're going to be focusing on basically this season [is] bigger sweep. I call it playing big ball rather than little ball. ... I think every story this year will have an impact on our people."

"Isabelle is no longer that cuddly kid you can hold in your arms, which is, I think, probably great for production," Behr said, referring to the difficulty of working with an infant actor. Echikunwoke will be "a very popular addition to the cast," he added. "The character herself, I think, is going to surprise people. I think people have been arguing about or trying to figure out Isabelle at the end of the miniseries, and I think ... a portion of the audience is going to expect a fast ball down the middle with her character, and I think they're going to be surprised. It's going to be more of a ride, more of a discovery, and not so clear cut where you can say, 'She's the angel' [or] 'She's the devil,' you know? And I think that makes for really nice storytelling."

(6/13/05) - Contest: Thanks to everyone who entered our The 4400 contest. The winners will be notified soon.

(05/19/05) - Co-stars Jacqueline McKenzie recently spoke to SCI FI Wire about the show's upcoming second season, which picks up six months after the events of the first-season finale.

"In terms of the character and where I stand, she's very devoted to her work, and there are a lot of questions that need answering," McKenzie (Deep Blue Sea) said in an interview. "Everybody is just at the start of this huge process of trying to unravel what's going on with the 4,400, where they've been and why they're back and what they're trying to do with us in the present. And we're trying to work out what messages they're sending us."

(03/03/05) - The 4400 begins production on its second season this week in Vancouver. Production on the series resumes with the episode titled "Wake-up Call." The second season will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Sunday, June 5 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

(10/20/04) - According to Variety, USA Network has ordered 13 new episodes for a second season of its SF drama The 4400. The new season will premiere June 2005.

(9/20/04) - According to the NY Post, negotiations to renew The 4400 have hit several roadblocks. The biggest is NBC Universal demanding that it be given the right to air episodes of the show on NBC. Unfortunately, NBC is only offering to pay producers the cost of buying a cable show. Also, the entire cast are demanding raises to come back, pushing production costs to 1.5 million per episode.

(8/3/04) - Haven't seen The 4400 yet? Then you shouldn't miss The 4400 Marathon on USA, Sunday August 8th. The marathon will show all the episodes in order from start to finish, ending with the finale "White Light" at the show's regular time.

(7/27/04) - Click here to read a New York Post article discussing the possibility of The 4400 continuing after episode 6.

(7/21/04) - According to Variety, The 4400 drew 5.6 million viewers for its second episode on July 18, down from the premiere's record-breaking 7.4 million, but still good enough to give it the top original series rankings on basic cable for a second week in a row. A new episode of The Dead Zone followed, with nearly 4 million viewers, making it the highest-rated episode of the season to date.

(7/19/04) - Scriptwriter's Voice did an interview with Scott Peters, the co-executive producer, creator, and writer of "The 4400."

(7/19/04) Trek Web had an interview with executive producer Ira Steven Behr. In the interview Behr talks about "The 4400" and his work on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Just click the link to read the full interview.

(7/13/04) According to the The Futon Critic, 7.4 million viewers (5.7 household rating) tuned into the two-hour premiere of USA's original series "The 4,400" on Sunday, making it the highest-rated and most-watched new series premiere ever on basic cable.

Cast:

Joel Gretsch as Tom Baldwin
Jacqueline McKenzie as Diana Skouris
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali as Richard Tyler
Laura Allen as Lily Moore
Conchita Campbell as Maia Rutledge
Bill Campbell as Jordan Collier
Patrick Flueger as Shawn Farrell
Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Danny Farrell
Chad Faust as Kyle Baldwin
Brooke Nevin as Nikki Hudson
Peter Coyote as Dennis Ryland (Season 1)
Michael Moriarty as Orson Bailey (Season 1)


Crew:

Scott Peters - Creator
Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer
Ira Steven Behr - Executive Producer
René Echevarria - Executive Producer
Maira Suro - Executive Producer


Episode List

Episode #Prod #Original
Air Date
 Episode Title




 
 
Season One
1. 1-1535J11-Jul-2004 Pilot
1. 1-2535J18-Jul-2004 The New & Improved Carl Morrissey
1. 1-3535J25-Jul-2004 Becoming
4. 1-4 01-Aug-2004 Trial by Fire
5. 1-5 08-Aug-2004 White Light
 
Season Two
6. 2-1 05-Jun-2005 Wake-Up Call
7. 2-2 12-Jun-2005 Voices Carry
8. 2-3 19-Jun-2005 Weight Of The World
9. 2-4 26-Jun-2005 Suffer The Children
10. 2-5 10-Jul-2005 As Fate Would Have It
11. 2-5 17-Jul-2005 Life Interrupted
12. 2-7 24-Jul-2005 Carrier
13. 2-8 31-Jul-2005 Rebirth
14. 2-9 7-Aug-2005 Hidden
15. 2-10 14-Aug-2005 Lockdown
16. 2-11 21-Aug-2005 The Fifth Page (1)
17. 2-12 28-Aug-2005 Mommy's Bosses (2)
 
Season Three
18. 3-1 11-Jun-2006 The New World (1)
19. 3-2 11-Jun-2006 The New World (2)
20. 3-3 18-Jun-2006 Being Tom Baldwin
21. 3-4 25-Jun-2006 Gone (Part 1)
22. 3-5 02-Jul-2006 Gone (Part 2)
23. 3-6 9-Jul-2006 Graduation Day
24. 3-7 16-Jul-2006 The Home Front
25. 3-8 23-Jul-2006 Blink
26. 3-9 30-Jul-2006 The Ballad of Kevin and Tess
27. 3-10 06-Aug-2006 The Starzl Mutation
28. 3-11 13-Aug-2006 The Gospel According to Collier
29. 3-12 20-Aug-2006 Terrible Swift Sword
30. 3-13 27-Aug-2006 Fifty-Fifty





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