New CTV drama 'Defying Gravity' picked up by ABC
"Defying Gravity," a new CTV drama shot in Vancouver, will also air on ABC in the U.S., CTV and production partners, Fox Television Studios and Vancouver's Omni Film Productions Limited announced today.
Executive produced by series creator and award-winning writer/producer James Parriott ("Grey's Anatomy") and Michael Edelstein ("Desperate Housewives"), "Defying Gravity" follows the journey of eight astronauts, from five countries, who embark on a mysterious mission through the solar system.
The series becomes the fourth Canadian dramatic series that CTV has been involved in to be picked up by a major U.S. network in primetime in the last two years, an unprecedented achievement. The U.S. pick up of co-venture "Defying Gravity" by ABC joins CTV Original Series "Flashpoint" (CBS), "The Listener" (NBC) and "The Bridge" (CBS).
"Defying Gravity" is a co-venture produced by Fox Television Studios and Vancouver's Omni Film Productions Limited in association with CTV, the lead broadcaster. Starring a diverse, international ensemble cast led by Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Vancouver-native Laura Harris (24), the hour-long, 13-episode series will also air on SPACE in Canada, the BBC in the UK and on ProSieben in Germany.
"CTV is committed to being in business with the best creative talent. We have been looking to partner with Jim and Michael, and 'Defying Gravity' offered the right opportunity," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "Out of the gate, we signed on as a production partner and lead broadcaster and the experience has been terrific."
Executive Producer Michael Edelstein, said, "Working with CTV has been such a gratifying experience for Jim Parriott and me. Susanne Boyce championed the show from day one and without her vision and support, 'Defying Gravity' may not have happened. We are so grateful for the collaboration and look forward to doing many more seasons together."
Inspired by the fictional BBC docudrama Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets, and dubbed "Grey's Anatomy in space" by series creator James Parriott, "Defying Gravity" is a sexy, provocative space thriller. It's set in the very near future against the background of our solar system, in which eight astronauts from five countries (four women and four men) undertake a mysterious six-year international space mission covering eight billion miles.
Hurtling into the vast challenge of infinite space, the eight astronauts and the ground personnel that support them are on a mission, which has a powerful and awesome mystery at its core. The intimate relationships among the astronauts and the ground crew, as well as their actions, from the past and the present, on earth and in space, are all connected. Episodes are divided between the present, as the Antares travels towards Venus, and the past, with flashbacks to the earlier years when the astronauts were in the grueling selection and training process.
The series' international ensemble cast is led by Ron Livingston (Office Space) as Antares flight engineer Maddux Donner, Laura Harris (24) as ship's geologist Zoe Barnes, Malik Yoba (New York Undercover) as Antares commander Ted Shaw, Christina Cox (Blood Ties) as biologist Jen Crane, Florentine Lahme (IMPACT) as pilot Nadia Schilling, Paula Garces (THE SHIELD) as pilot, scientist and on-board documentary producer Paula Morales, Eyal Podell (24) as psychiatrist and medical officer Evram Mintz, and Dylan Taylor (House Party) as theoretical physicist Steve Wassenfelder.
The cast on planet Earth is led by Andrew Airlie (REAPER) as Mission Control Commander Mike Goss, Karen LeBlanc (ReGenesis) as scientist Eve Shaw, Zahf Paroo (Battlestar Galactica) as grounded flight engineer Ajay Sharma, and Maxim Roy (MVP) as flight surgeon Claire Dereux. Episodic Director Peter Howitt also plays the role of BBC journalist Trevor Williams.
"Defying Gravity" was created by award-winning, Emmy-nominated writer/producer James Parriott (executive producer on "Grey's Anatomy").
Parriott and Emmy-nominated producer Michael Edelstein (executive producer on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) are executive producers, along with Omni's Brian Hamilton and Michael Chechik. Ron French (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) is the producer.
"Defying Gravity" is produced by Fox Television Studios and Omni Film Productions (producers of CTV's critically-acclaimed series ROBSON ARMS) in association with CTV and Germany's ProSieben. Fraser Robinson is Director of Content for SPACE. Robert Hardy is Development Manager, Western Production for CTV. Brett Burlock is Director, Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.Watch Episodes Now ►