the river synopsis

More and more details are starting to leak out about ABC’s new show “The River” and now the synopsis for the first night’s worth of episodes have been released. There will be 2 back-to-back episodes on February 7th to kick off the first season of the show. You can find the synopsis after the jump, but I highly suggest you head on over to our River Fan Site and read up and watch the videos. All of our content revolving around “The River” will be posted there.

“The River” is a show created by Oren Peli, who created Paranormal Activity, and produced by Steven Spielberg. It follows a group of people as they search for a missing family member in the Amazon. It’s shot in the “found-footage” style that Oren Peli has used before on the Paranormal Activity movies, and features a great deal of magic and mystery. People are already comparing the show to “LOST”, but the producers have come out and said that it’s going to be more like “The X-Files” than “LOST”. So definitely make sure you check out the videos for “The River” and don’t forget to set your DVR’s on February 7th!

Monday, January 23, 2012
ABC Television Network
THE RIVER: Pilot / Marbeley– PREMIERE



ABC’S highly anticipated new paranormal thriller, “The River,” will have a two-hour premiere TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In the first hour, “Pilot,” Dr. Emmet Cole, beloved adventurer and television personality goes missing deep in the Amazon. After a fruitless search for him, his family and friends abandon hope and hold a memorial service to commemorate his amazing life. His grieving wife, Tess, reluctantly tries to face the reality that her husband is gone, while her son, Lincoln, is more than ready to bury his past. Six months later Emmet’s location beacon mysteriously begins to relay a signal. Tess persuades Lincoln to join her and Emmet’s film crew on a journey through the Amazon to find him, a journey on which horrifying and almost mythical events will push them to their limits.

In the second hour, “Marbeley,” when the spirit of Dr. Emmet Cole mysteriously enters Jahel, the message is clear… go home! Instead, Tess determines to go into the jungle to find clues to Cole’s whereabouts. While on their mission, they discover a tree draped in children’s dolls that they suspect is there to ward off the “spirit of the abandoned girl” who drowned in the river. Then, when a member of the crew goes missing, the group realize they’ll have to endure a nightmare in order to appease an angry spirit and get their loved one back.

“The River” stars Bruce Greenwood (“Star Trek”) as Dr. Emmet Cole, Joe Anderson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2”) as Lincoln Cole, Leslie Hope (“24”) as Tess Cole, Eloise Mumford (“Lone Star”) as Lena Landry, Paul Blackthorne (“Lipstick Jungle”) as Clark Quietly, Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”) as Captain Kurt Brynildson, Daniel Zacapa (“Resurrection Blvd.”) as Emilio Valenzuela, Shaun Parkes (“The Mummy Returns”) as Andreus Jude “A.J.” Poulain, and Paulina Gait‡n (“Sin Nombre”) as Jahel Valenzuela.

Guest starring in “Pilot” is Jeff Galfer as Sammy Kirsch. “Pilot” teleplay by Michael Green & Michael R. Perry and story by Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

Guest starring in “Marbeley” is Corben Turner as Lincoln (8 years old). “Marbeley” was written by Michael Green & Zack Estrin and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

“The River” is executive-produced by Oren Peli, Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, Justin Falvey, Daryl Frank, Zack Estrin, Michael Green and Steven Spielberg. The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,L,V parental guideline.

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