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The 4400
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Format Science fiction / Drama
Created by René Echevarria
Scott Peters
Starring Joel Gretsch
Jacqueline McKenzie
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Laura Allen
Patrick Flueger
Megalyn Echikunwoke
Chad Faust
Kaj-Erik Eriksen
Samantha Ferris
Jenni Baird
Brooke Nevin
Conchita Campbell
Karina Lombard
Bill Campbell
Peter Coyote
Theme music composer Amanda Abizaid
Opening theme "A Place in Time"
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 45 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Original run July 11, 2004 (2004-07-11) – September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16)

The 4400 (pronounced "the forty-four hundred") is a science fiction TV series produced by CBS Paramount Network Television[1] in association with Sky Television, Renegade 83 and American Zoetrope for USA Network.[2] The show was created and written by Scott Peters and René Echevarria, and it stars Joel Gretsch and Jacqueline McKenzie. The series ran for four seasons from 2004 until its cancellation in 2007.[3]

In the pilot episode, what was originally thought to be a comet deposits a group of exactly 4400 people at Highland Beach, in the Cascade Range foothills near Mount Rainier, Washington. Each of the 4400 had disappeared at various times starting from 1946[4] in a beam of white light. None of the 4400 have aged from the time of their disappearance. Confused and disoriented, they remember nothing between the time of their disappearance and their return.

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Cast


Series Regulars


Recurring Guest Stars

Synopsis

Season three cast of The 4400.

The National Threat Assessment Command (NTAC), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is in charge of dealing with the return of the 4400. The primary agents assigned to the cases of investigating the 4400 are Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris, as well as their immediate superior for season one, Dennis Ryland. In seasons 2–3, Ryland is replaced by Nina Jarvis and theory room consultant Marco Pacella, with Ryland becoming a recurring character. Season 4 sees Jarvis replaced by Meghan Doyle.

Many of the returned people have trouble trying to get their lives back on track after being separated from their world for years. More significantly, a small number of the returnees begin to manifest paranormal abilities, such as telekinesis, telepathy and precognition, as well as other "gifts". For example, in the pilot, Shawn Farrell manifests an ability to bring a dead bird back to life. In addition, one of the 4400, Lily Moore, has become pregnant between her disappearance and return.

The first season finale, "White Light", reveals that the 4400 were abducted, not by aliens, but by humans from the Earth's future, that Kyle Baldwin was to be their "messenger", and that they were returned to avert a catastrophe.

By the second season, it is revealed that all 4400 have a fictional neurotransmitter, promicin, in their brains, which gives them their powers. The government, afraid of what this large group would do with such power, had secretly been dosing all of the 4400 with a promicin inhibitor, which had worked on most, but not all, of the 4400. One of the inhibitor's side effects is a potentially fatal immune deficiency. The inhibitor is ultimately removed from the 4400 by a dose of promicin extracted by Kevin Burkhoff from the blood of the infant Isabelle, who was never given the inhibitor.

At the beginning of the third season, the Nova Group, a terrorist faction made up of 4400s, has made itself known. Originally formed as a "defensive" group in the aftermath of the promicin-inhibitor scandal, the Nova Group eventually carries out numerous terrorist attacks against the government and NTAC. The group is responsible for many terrorist attacks including the assassination of the men involved with the promicin-inhibitor conspiracy; the attempted assassination of Ryland; the framing of Baldwin for murder; and the driving of another person to insanity.

During the third and fourth season, it is revealed that only a certain faction from the future wants to see history changed. Another faction, which prefers the status quo, opposes the 4400, and has sent their own operatives, including Isabelle Tyler and "the Marked", into the past. The exact motives of both factions have not yet been revealed.

Eventually, Jordan Collier, a returnee who declares himself the savior of humanity, makes promicin shots available to the general public. However, only half of the human population can actually tolerate promicin, and thus develop superhuman abilities, while the other half die upon taking the shot. Although the government outlaws promicin use, thousands of previously ordinary people have developed superhuman abilities, severely complicating NTAC's task. Collier later annexes a part of Seattle and transforms it into "Promise City", a self-proclaimed paradise open to all people with superhuman abilities. The US government attempts to reclaim Promise City but meets with little success.

At the conclusion of the series, Danny Farell's uncontrolled ability exposed some of the residents of Seattle to promicin, resulting in about 9,000 deaths and as many newly-empowered humans, while at the same time forcing the remains of NTAC (now themselves mostly promicin-positive) to ask Jordan Collier and his followers (as the only group immune to the 50% chance of death from exposure) to become the de facto government of Seattle. The series ended with a cliff-hanger, with Collier pledging to build the future he had promised, while the government watches uneasily as Collier's militia remains in control of Seattle, now known as Promise City. The final episode leaves the storyline unfinished.

Ripple effect

Early in the first season, theorists at NTAC suspect that the 4400s have been placed in the timeline with their enhanced abilities for a purpose, to effect some change that could propagate and redirect the course of history. An example of this was when a 4400 named Carl Morrissey attempted to use his enhanced strength to become a vigilante and prevent crime in his neighborhood park. Morrissey was killed by a group of thugs, but his death inspired others to become involved in various neighborhood clean up projects.[5]

Another example of this effect at work came during the third season episode "Gone, Part II," in which five 4400 children are once again abducted by the future and "seeded" back into history at different time periods. Some of the "advances" accomplished by this feat included the development of artificial petroleum and composite materials used in the first lunar colonies, according to background conversations "overheard" at NTAC. These advances are negated (restoring the original timeline) in exchange for Tom Baldwin agreeing to do whatever the future asks of him, to help prevent the "disaster" to come — which he learns is an order to kill Isabelle Tyler.[6] Tom Baldwin initially reneges on his agreement with the future humans, but the seemingly indestructible Isabelle forces his hand in the season three finale and is stripped of her abilities.

Episodes

Season Start date End date
Season 1 July 11, 2004 August 8, 2004
Season 2 June 5, 2005 August 28, 2005
Season 3 June 11, 2006 August 27, 2006
Season 4[7] June 17, 2007[8] September 16, 2007[8]

The 4400 ran for four seasons. The first season is presented as a miniseries of five episodes,[9] which aired weekly from July 11, 2004 to August 8, 2004. Seasons two, three and four are each 13-episode seasons.[7][9]

A special episode, "The 4400: Unlocking the Secrets", aired between seasons two and three, on June 3, 2006, originally on NBC.[10]

Production of the third season was shot in Vancouver until July 26, 2006.[11] The third season premiered June 11, 2006, with 4.2 million viewers tuning in.[12] Executive Producer Ira Steven Behr described season three as "bigger and more mythic. It feels like 26 episodes instead of 13 because we're cramming so much stuff in".

Production of the fourth and final season began in early 2007 for a mid-year premiere,[7] returning with the episode "The Wrath of Graham".[8] Billy Campbell, the actor who plays Collier, took most of season three off to sail around the world,[13]. The show was rewritten to explain the character's absence, making him the victim of an assassination attempt. In the fourth season, Campbell returned to the series as a regular, rather than a guest star as in the previous three seasons,[14] with the revelation that the character had been alive after all, but had wandered as an amnesiac for two years until he reappeared to assume his role as the leader of the 4400.

Cancellation

Writer and co-creator Scott Peters announced on December 18, 2007 that due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, budgetary problems, and lower-than-anticipated ratings, The 4400 had been cancelled and would not be returning for a fifth season, despite the fourth season's cliff-hanger.[3] Fans of the show mounted an unsuccessful campaign to resurrect the series, sending petitions and sunflower seeds to SciFi and USA Network president Bonnie Hammer.[15] In April 2008, the campaign shifted to target Jeff Zucker,[16] president and chief executive officer of the NBC/Universal TV group, again with little success.

Books

  • The Vesuvius Prophecy, by Greg Cox, is the first book based on the series. It was released in June of 2008. Set during the show's third season, the plot revolves around Maia's prophecy of the eruption of Mt. Rainier.[17]
  • Wet Work, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, is the second original novel based on the series. Published in October 2008, it is set during the show's second season. Its plot concerns Tom and Diana's hunt for a rogue government assassin who uses her promicin powers to kill people.[18]
  • Welcome to Promise City, by Greg Cox, is the third book based on the series, and the first set after the events of the end of the series. It was published on July 28, 2009.[19]
  • Promises Broken, by David Mack, is the fourth book based on the series, and the second set after the end of the show. It was published on October 27, 2009.[20]

Production

The theme song of the show is "A Place in Time", written by Robert Phillips and Tim Paruskewitz and performed by Amanda Abizaid.[21] All seasons are filmed in high-definition with closed-captioning. USA Network broadcast episodes after season one in fullscreen 480i; the DVD releases contain the episodes in their native widescreen format.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack to The 4400 was released on May 8, 2007 by Milan Records and includes music from the first three seasons, as follows:[22]

  1. Bosshouse feat. Amanda Abizaid - "A Place In Time" (Theme From The 4400)
  2. Switchfoot - "This Is Your Life"
  3. People In Planes - "Falling By The Wayside"
  4. Thirteen Senses - "Into The Fire"
  5. Ivy - "Worry About You"
  6. Engineers - "How Do You Say Goodbye?"
  7. Maroon 5 - "She Will Be Loved"
  8. Jacqueline McKenzie - "Shy Baby"
  9. Bedroom Walls - "Do the Buildings and Cops Make You Smile?"
  10. Billie Holiday - "Cheek to Cheek"
  11. John Van Tongeren - "Salvation"
  12. The Landau Orchestra - "A Place In Time" (Instrumental Arrangement)

Note: The last track does not appear in the series. Although not in the soundtrack, Life for Rent was used in the episode The Starzl Mutation. The song Where Is My Mind was later used in the series finale.

Filming locations

The 4400 is set in Seattle,[23] but actually filmed in the Vancouver area.[24] All the cars shown in the series have fake Washington license plates,[citation needed] with other street signs and identifying markers altered to eliminate any British Columbia references.[citation needed] The high-tech, glass-walled 4400 Center is actually the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia, and Capilano Lake stands in for Highland Beach.[citation needed] One episode of season 4 has a few scenes set in Vancouver.[citation needed] Other cable science-fiction series, such as Kyle XY, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica have also used the Chan Centre as a filming location.[citation needed]

Gallery of filming locations

DVD releases

Season Episodes Discs DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 5 2 December 21, 2004 January 10, 2005 June 10, 2005
The DVD contains no bonus features. The DVD is presented in a dual DVD case with a green-on-black cover showing the characters Tom, Diana and Dennis.[25]
2 13 4 May 23, 2006 June 5, 2006 May 23, 2006
Bonus features include featurettes and commentary from Jacqueline McKenzie, Joel Gretsch, Craig Sweeny and Ira Steven Behr.
3 13 4 May 8, 2007 July 23, 2007 June 7, 2007
Bonus features include an introduction by the series creator, four featurettes, six audio commentaries and a gag reel.[26]
4 13 4 May 6, 2008 June 30, 2008 July 10, 2008
Bonus features include 2 featurettes, blooper real, deleted scenes, audio commentaries and The Great Leap Forward (Director's cut).
The Complete Series 44 15 October 28, 2008 October 6, 2008
Bonus features include video introduction by creator Scott Peters, pilot episode commentary by Scott Peters and Joel Gretsch, The 4400: Ghost Season, and deleted scenes (seasons 1, 2, and 3)

See also

References

  1. ^ "The 4400 - Production information". http://www.usanetwork.com/series/the4400/behindthescenes/productioninfo/index.html.  The show was produced by Viacom Productions during season one and by Paramount Network Television during season two, after the former was absorbed by the latter in 2005. The main production company changed again in 2006 with the CBS/Viacom split, though Paramount still owns home entertainment distribution rights.
  2. ^ "4,400, THE (USA)". http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch.aspx?id=4400. 
  3. ^ a b Veteran USA sci-fi shows vaporized
  4. ^ ""USA Network | The 4400 - Character Profile: Maia Skouris"". NBC Universal. http://www.usanetwork.com/series/the4400/theshow/characterprofiles/maia/index.html. "The first of the known abductees had disappeared in 1946" 
  5. ^ "Becoming". The 4400.
  6. ^ "Gone". The 4400.
  7. ^ a b c ""The 4400" returns for season four". USA Network. 2006-08-22. http://www.usanetwork.com/series/the4400/behindthescenes/news/news082206.html. 
  8. ^ a b c "4,400, THE (USA)". The Futon Critic. 2006-05-26. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch.aspx?id=4400&view=listings. 
  9. ^ a b Scott Peters. (2005). Return of The 4000. [DVD special feature]. 
  10. ^ "4,400, The: Unlocking the Secrets". The Futon Critic. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings.aspx?id=20060526nbc22. 
  11. ^ Lee, Patrick (2006-03-07). "4400 Changes Unveiled". Sci Fi Wire. http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=1&id=34884. 
  12. ^ "Development Update: June 12-16 (Weekly Round-Up)". The Futon Critic. 2006-06-13. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7174. 
  13. ^ "‘The 4400's’ power-hungry tycoon returns". MSNBC. 2006-07-25. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14025568/. 
  14. ^ "Billy Campbell Set To Return as Series Regular in Emmy-Nominated Hit Series "The 4400"". http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20070112usa02. 
  15. ^ ""4400 Fans Plan Mass Mailing"". SciFi.com. 2008-01-14. http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=47250.  See also, "SaveThe4400.net". http://www.savethe4400.net/. 
  16. ^ ""4400 Fans Plan Mass Mailing"". forums.usanetwork.com/. 2008-04-17. http://forums.usanetwork.com/index.php?s=c1f3de86f49f87acbd128bb8fc86f8dd&showtopic=395922&st=940.  See also, "SaveThe4400.net". http://www.savethe4400.net/. 
  17. ^ Cox, Greg (2008). The Vesuvius Prophecy. Pocket Star. ISBN 1416543171. 
  18. ^ Dilmore, Kevin (2008). Wet Work. Pocket Star. ISBN 141654321X. 
  19. ^ Cox, Greg (2009). Welcome to Promise City. Pocket Star. ISBN 1416543228. 
  20. ^ Mack, David (2009). Promises Broken. Pocket Star. http://www.amazon.com/4400-Promises-Broken-David-Mack/dp/1416543236/ref=pd_cp_b_2. 
  21. ^ Lurie, Elliot. "Song List from The 4400". http://www.usanetwork.com/series/the4400/theshow/songlist.html. 
  22. ^ "The 4400 Soundtrack". USA Network. http://www.usanetwork.com/series/the4400/theshow/dvd/soundtrack.html. 
  23. ^ "Pilot". The 4400.
  24. ^ Stevens, Michael (2006-03-29). "The 4400 Starts Up Vancouver Shooting". Hollywood North Report. http://www.hollywoodnorthreport.com/article.php?Article=2791. 
  25. ^ Amazon - Season 1 DVD
  26. ^ tvshowsondvd.com - The 4400, Season 3 Date & Extras

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The 4400 is a science fiction television series which airs on the USA Network.

Contents

Season 1

Pilot

Diana Skouris: It's as if it was coming in for a landing!
unknown: Landing? Like a plane?
unknown: No. More like a mothership!

Lily Moore: Lily.
Richard Tyler: My friend, her name was Lily, too. Lily Bonham.
Lily: That's my grandmother's name!

Heidi Moore: Can I help you?
Lily: Heidi!
Heidi: Yeah?
Lily: Heidi, it's Mommy!
Heidi: Who?!

Maia Rutledge: You don't have to worry, Crownridge is nice.

The New & Improved Carl Morrissey

Dennis Ryland: For instance, yesterday Maia was talking to an employee in the cafeteria. She told her that her daughter would be in the hospital soon, but that she'd be okay. The next day the little girl was in a car accident.
Diana Skouris: So you're saying what? That she's got some kind of second sight?
Dennis: I'm saying I have five stories just like that.

Lily Moore: I know what the baby's thinking.

Carl Morrissey: What I'm doing here, I'm doing for us, Grace! This is where we live. I just want us to be happy and not be afraid anymore, and it starts with Bradley Park!

Becoming

Maia: Yeah, school might be fun. Diana, you're not going to like what's in there.

Oliver Knox: Look, I know how tempting the math is on this murder, I disappear in '83, the killings stop, here I am and the poor girl is dead.

Shrink: Why don't you start with something easy, tell me something about your parents.
Richard Tyler: My parents?

Lily Moore: They use to argue about money a lot, but that was before they split up.
Shrink: They divorced?
Lily: Yeah. I was 14.
Shrink: Do you remember how that made you feel?

Shawn Farrell: Depressed, I don't know, angry maybe.

Richard: They're gone. Got a few cousins outside St. Louis who'll remember me as a picture in an old photo album.

Unknown: Beautiful, aren't they? I wonder if that's where we were.
Shawn: What's everybody doing here?
Unknown: What are you doing here?
Shawn: I don't know, just wanted to see where we came back, I figured it'd be a good place to come and think, you know, clear my head.
Unknown: Most people come for the conversation.
Shawn: Well there's not a lot of that going on.

Jordan Collier: Well what can I do for you this afternoon, Lily '93. Don't worry, it's not a line, though I do have to say that you're the most attractive abductee I've seen this afternoon.

Unknown: Who's this?
Oliver: Let me tell you something about her, her name's Felicia and she works over at the barn on Cliff Street.

Dennis Ryland: Don't you hide behind freedom of the press, what you do isn't journalism, it's shouting fire in a crowded theater and you're gonna stop before the stampede begins.

Marco Pacella: Yeah, but we know Adam Kensington's company was perpetrating a massive fraud on the public, and now we've learned that since Carl Morrisey's death his neighbors have formed a watch committee thats helping to protect Bradley Park. Anyone starting to see a pattern?
Diana: What, your talking about some kind of ripple effect?
Marco: Diana Skouris to the head of the class!
Diana: The incidents themselves are just catalyst for change, a positive one in these two cases.

Season 3

The Starzl Mutation

Claudio Borghi: I have to offer you a word of caution. The cigar. When you smoke it, you might be surpised by its effects.
Shawn: Oh, I'm not going to get arrested for having this, am I?

Dennis Ryland: Whoever controls Promicine has a strategic advantage over the rest of the world.

The Gospel According to Collier

Tom: You disappeared. Do you have any idea where you've been?
Jordan: Everywhere. I have been everywhere. I've been alive for hundreds of years, maybe thousands.

Diana: We can't do this.
Ben: We just did.

Terrible Swift Sword

Jordan Collier: The war for the future will be fought in the past.

Shawn: Alright, I'll ask the question. What are we gonna do with 17,432 units of Promicin?
Jordan: We're going to give it away.
Richard: To who?
Jordan: To everyone.

Fifty-Fifty

Tom: Handing out promicin like candy changes everything, Shawn. Nobody will be able to enforce the law. It'll be chaos!
Diana: Nobody can predict what's gonna happen once people everywhere start developing abilities!

Tess: It's not hard for me, I've believed in you all along. Theres a reason why we were taken and a reason they woke you up. It's incredible — you should be getting the Nobel Prize. Instead we're hiding like criminals.
Kevin: It won't be like this forever. Soon we'll be heroes!

Jordan: Look, Richard, we need people to start developing abilities.

Isabelle: It was a balance of power thing. I was sent to eliminate the 4400!

Homeless Man: (To the audience) How about you? Fifty-fifty. You want the shot?

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The 4400
Format Science fiction drama
Created by René Echevarria
Scott Peters
Starring see below
Opening theme "A Place in Time"
Country of origin Canada
United Kingdom
United States
No. of episodes 32 (to now)
Production
Running time about 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Original run July 11, 2004 – present

The 4400 is a science fiction television series. The series began in 2004. Its fourth season started airing on June 17, 2007.

The story

The 4400 is a reference to 4400 people who disappeared mysteriously over the last century. These people all returned near Seattle, Washington at the same time from a large ball of light. They had not changed because of the age. After a short time, each person that came back started showing some special abilities, for example: healing, precognition (seeing the future), and persuasion.

Characters

  • Tom Baldwin — Joel Gretsch
  • Diana Skouris — Jacqueline McKenzie
  • Richard Tyler — Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
  • Lily Moore Tyler — Laura Allen
  • Shawn Farrell — Patrick Flueger
  • Isabelle Tyler — Megalyn Echikunwoke
  • Maia Skouris — Conchita Campbell
  • Nina Jarvis — Samantha Ferris
  • Alana Mareva — Karina Lombard
  • Dennis Ryland — Peter Coyote
  • Jordan Collier — Billy Campbell

Recurring
  • Kyle Baldwin — Chad Faust
  • Danny Farrell — Kaj-Erik Eriksen
  • Nikki Hudson — Brooke Nevin
  • April Skouris — Natasha Gregson Wagner
  • Kevin Burkhoff — Jeffrey Combs
  • Matthew Ross — Garret Dillahunt
  • Marco Pacella — Richard Kahan
  • Tess Doerner - Summer Glau








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