A reboot of The 4400 is reportedly in development at The CW. It’s the era of reboots, and the network is really, really taking advantage of that. In fact, The 4400 is only the latest in a string of series revived by The CW, including Charmed and Dynasty.
The 4400, which originally aired on USA, was a CBS production. The series ran for four seasons from 2004 to 2007. By the time it ended, it had aired 44 episodes.
In the show, 4400 people disappear in a beam of white light. One day, they suddenly return — deposited at the base of Washington’s Mount Rainier by the same white light. The Pacific Northwest is the setting for much of the series as these people — some with nothing return to — start their lives over again. One person even gets pregnant between the day she disappears and the day she returns, though she has no memory of what happened to her.
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When they return, some of them have unique abilities ranging from telekinesis to resurrection. It’s later discovered the people with powers have “neurotransmitters” in their bodies that allow them to access parts of their brains that normal humans can’t.
It’s eventually discovered these people weren’t kidnapped by aliens. Instead, they were taken by humans of the future and used as messengers to warn modern humans about a futuristic catastrophe.
The show was abruptly canceled after its fourth season. It left off on a cliffhanger certain to change the tide of the show.
The CW has released its own description of the reboot, and it sounds very similar to the original. One major difference is that the 4400 are each returned to where they were abducted — even those from 1957 — instead of all being left in one place. This could be a disastrous change for the series, as it will be forced to explain how the group reunites.
Here’s the official description: “Over the course of recent history, 4,400 young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world — some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the infamous day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day; none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called ‘4400’ must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world… and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.”
The new 4400 is written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary) and Taylor Elmore (Justified), who also worked together on the CBS procedural Limitless (based off the film of the same name). Sweeny was a writer on the original 4400, and eventually a producer. If the show moves past the developmental stage, Elmore will serve as showrunner while Sweeny will executive produce. Both have production deals with CBS.
It all sounds great, but… do we really need another reboot? As I mentioned above, The CW already rebooted Charmed and Dynasty, and there are plenty of other reboots on the air. There’s a difference between a reboot and a revival, which is why the news that Veronica Mars is coming back is fantastic while this news is… not.
Occasionally, it’s wonderful to reboot a series for a new generation, like Dynasty, which aired in the 1980s (even though it turned out to be a flop). However, Charmed barely ended 10 years ago, and the original still stands strong as one of the most-watched series on Netflix.
That said, some people are excited for the return of The 4400, as they felt burned when the original was canceled without a proper ending.
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