Doomsday: Apocalyptic Pilot Lands at Sony TV after Dumped by ABC

Doomsday, which was passed over at ABC, could see international plans with Sony TV.

Doomsday, an apocalypse-themed television pilot featuring a loaded cast, was one of the biggest buys of the 2016-2017 TV season. However, it was seemingly destined to meet a theme-apropos fate when its network ABC ended up passing on a series order. However, it did find a proverbial fallout shelter in Sony Pictures TV, which not only took in the wayward project, but seems intent on granting the coveted series pickup and serve as an international platform.

Doomsday Latest News

It’s anything but doomsday for Doomsday, according to Deadline. After being unceremoniously dumped by ABC, new stewards in producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV are close to a series pickup. This comes as the studio has extended the (June 30-expiring) options of the existing pilot cast, which consist of names like Rachelle Lefevre, Taye Diggs, Jack Davenport, Claire Holt, Justin Chatwin, Rochelle Aytes and Dan Byrd.

Indeed, it’s an auspicious move for Doomsday that seems to telegraph big plans on the part of Sony TV. Should the greenlight occur, then prospective series Doomsday would be carried by Sony’s burgeoning international distribution platform, via the company’s AXN channels. Similar plans are already set for the straight-to-series project Absentia, which will be headlined by former Castle star Stana Katic as an FBI agent who – after being missing for six years – mysteriously surfaces.

Additionally, the report references whispers of Sony fully funding the production of Doomsday, with plans to tailor the series under the context of its overseas distribution; something that could take shape with the starting of a collective writers room. As of now, the speculated length of the would-be inaugural season of Doomsday is somewhere in the 13-episode range.  

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Doomsday Story

The shot pilot – formatted for an hour-long series – focuses on members of a now-defunct secret think tank who, in the aftermath of 9/11, concocted hypothetical global disaster scenarios, attempting to preemptively achieve solutions. However, the program was terminated after their findings were deemed too dangerous and were sealed away. Years later, after one of their horrendous hypotheticals comes to fruition after a presumed leak, circumstances force the group to reunite in a collective effort prevent further disaster.

Doomsday Cast

Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome, the Twilight films,) plays Faye, a deputy director of Homeland Security, described as “pragmatic” and “whip-smart,” who will oversee the reunited team of think tank geniuses. Faye will apparently have very little patience for the apocalypse-imagining eccentrics, initially resenting them as dangerous liabilities before inevitably arriving at a point of respect.

Taye Diggs (Empire, Murder in the First) will play Dr. Davis, a handsome, confidence engineer and architect who was part of the Doomsday Project. Formerly the youngest-ever head of disaster prevention for FEMA, Davis is fastidious with expensive taste in clothes and an appreciation of the finer things in life. He is not excited about field missions.

Jack Davenport (the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Smash) plays Warren, Justin Chatwin (CHIPS, Shameless) plays Chris Wyatt, Dan Byrd (Cougar Town, Heroes) plays Nate Hensley, Claire Holt (The Originals, Aquarius) plays Kayla, and Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses, Criminal Minds) plays Elle.

Doomsday Crew

In the driver’s seat for ABC’s Doomsday is executive producer Carol Mendelsohn, a veteran of the numerous iterations of the CSI franchise and the original run of Melrose Place. The script comes from the duo of VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli. Boyd, a veteran from the celebrated FX drama Justified, comes into the pilot in the aftermath his work on the cancelled 2015 NBC gambling/espionage drama series The Player. Bianculli co-wrote the 2016 film The Good Neighbor starring James Caan and worked with Boyd on the script for TV movie The Jury.