- Surface (TV series)
show_name = Surface
caption = There's Something in the water
Drama/ Science Fiction
runtime = 43 minutes
creator = Josh and
Lake Bell Jay R. Ferguson Carter Jenkins Ian Anthony Dale
country = USA
September 19, 2005
February 6, 2006
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 15
list_episodes = List of Surface episodes
imdb_id = 0452718
tv_com_id = 32412
"Surface" (originally titled "Fathom") was a
science fiction television seriesthat premiered on NBCon September 19, 2005. The program aired fifteen episodes (its full first season) until February 6, 2006, before going on hiatus due to the coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympicsand awaiting word on whether it would be renewed for a second season. On May 15, 2006, NBCofficially announced the series' cancellation, despite average ratings, leaving the outcome of the plot as a cliffhangerending. It was originally intended to be a mini-series composed of fewer episodes, focusing on three people, but positive ratings led to it being extended, and including an additional central character. With the end of the season being called a "season finale," it left impressions that it would continue for at least one more season.
Tagline: "The fate of the world is in their hands; they just don't know it yet".
During the show's initial airing, Surface was also broadcast in syndication on the Sci-Fi Channel in the
United States, which still holds broadcast rights. In addition to U.S. network the programme was also broadcast in Canadaon CH, as well as ITV2in the UK, Network Tenin Australia, VT4in Belgium, on La Sextaand Calle 13in Spain] and on Universal Channel in Mexico. During the summer of 2006, the series was broadcast on ProSiebenin Germany, by Fox on Portuguese and Brazilian cable networks, in Israelon Yes network, and on Canal+ in most of Scandinavia. During the summer of 2008, the series was broadcast on Veronica in The Netherlands.
The program is currently being broadcasted in Italy on Italia 1 and in
Norwayon TVNorge (started in June 2007), Portugalon TVI (Saturday afternoon), Australiaon Scifi, Spainon La Sexta (started in September 2007), Finlandon MTV3, rebroadcast in Germany on ProSieben and in Canada on Space. In Poland on TVN Siedemstarted from August 2007, and starting May 2008 it is being reaired in TVN on Thursdays at 15:15. It is as of July 2007 also being broadcast in Mauritiuson MBC3 (Tuesday afternoons). Since November, 2007 it is also broadcasted in Greece(Hellas) on Alter Channel on Fridays at 21:00, in New Zealandon TV3 late Friday evenings and in Croatia(Hrvatska) on RTL TelevizijaSunday and Monday at 20:50. It is also currently airing Mon-Fri (Ep1 aired Mar 10, 2008) at 00:30 or 01:30 on StarWorld (cable) in Singapore, with repeats airing the next day at 11:00.
During a routine
submersibledive in the North Pacific Ocean, Californiaoceanographer Laura Daughtery ( Lake Bell) is attacked by an unknown life form that appears out of a field of craters on the ocean's floor. Miles Barnett ( Carter Jenkins), a North Carolina teen, finds himself face to face with the strange sea creature after falling off his wakeboard during a nighttime outing with his friends. Meanwhile, Richard Connelly ( Jay R. Ferguson), a Louisianaman on a fishing trip, loses his brother in a suspicious diving accident when a creature drags him to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.
All around the world, strange things are occurring in the world's oceans. Stars fall from the sky and into the water; a horrific howl tears apart a South African
lighthouse. In South Carolina, an unknown carcass washes up on a public beach, prompting the government to evacuate and cordon off the area, claiming it as a beached whalekilled by red tide poisoning.
Meanwhile, Daughtery's research is seized by government officials led by a mysterious Serbian scientist, Dr. Aleksander Cirko (
Rade Šerbedžija); after attempting to confront them, she is fired. Curious as to what he's seen, Miles ventures back to the area where he first spotted the creature only to find the water covered in strange pods he classifies as "eggs"; he takes one home and places it in his parents' fish tank. Unable to cope with his brother's disappearance, Connely ventures to South Carolina to see the creature for himself. Connelly meets Daughtery upon arrival after they are both taken into custody due to asking too many questions. When the fish in Miles' tank disappear and the tank breaks, Miles discovers that something has hatched from the egg; he attempts to conceal it but it escapes and causes havoc at his sister's pool party. Daughtery and Connelly sneak onto the beach and bring back a hagfishthat had been feeding on the carcass. Each returns to his home, and Daughtery sends the fish's stomach contents to be tested. As they wait for the results, reports of strange creatures beaching themselves around the world begin to surface. These three strangers may have stumbled upon the greatest secret in human history.
The creature that hatched from the "egg" that Miles found appears to be some kind of
iguana-like animal. It has the ability to zap objects with a green electrical charge. Miles's friend Phil names the creature Nimrod, "Nim" for short.
Dr. Cirko discovers the origins of the creature, but is murdered before he can tell anyone. His assistant gives his research to Daughtery who has already teamed up with Connelly.
This TV series encompasses possible implications of
genetic engineering, and modern biotechnology. The underlying theme of the series involves the artificial creation of an organism, through a secret biotechnological company. One scene involves a scientist going for an interview for the company, where the interviewer reveals revelations such as the recovery of the Archaeopteryx, and that cloning Dolly the Sheepwas 30 years after their secret company discovered how to clone.
Cast and characters
On May 1, 2006 it was announced that Universal would be releasing the "Surface - Season One" DVD set on
August 15, 2006. The DVD set was released with the title of "Surface: The Complete Series". [ [http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=5573 Surface DVD news: There's Something In The Water...And On DVD This August! | TVShowsOnDVD.com ] ]
An Australian release of all 15 episodes from season one has been released by Universal.
Australia: Network Ten, Sci Fi Channel
Brazil: Rede Record, Universal Channel
Croatia: RTL Televizija(Croatian title: Stvorenja)
Chile: Red TV
Denmark: Canal+, DR1
France: Canal+, TF1
Finland: Canal+, Sub, MTV3
Germany: ProSieben(German title: Surface - Unheimliche Tiefe)
Greece: Alter(Greek title: Άγνωστος Εχθρός - Unknown Enemy)
India: Star World(from 2008)
Italy: Sky Italia, Italia 1
Mexico: Universal Channel
New Zealand: TV3 (from 2007)
Netherlands: Veronica (from May 2008)
Norway: Canal+ and TvNorge (from 2007)
Paraguay: Canal 9 SNT
Peru: America TV
Poland: Canal+ Poland, TVN Siedemand TVN (Polish title: Na powierzchni)
Portugal: TVI, FOX
Russia: Channel One
Saudi Arabia: ShowSeries 1
Singapore: StarWorld Ch18, Starhub Cable. (Mon-Fri, from March 10, 2008)
Slovak Republic: STV 1 (Mon-Fri, from Sept. 2008)
Spain: La Sexta
Sri Lanka: DialogTV
United Kingdom: ITVPilot episode only; ITV2All subsequent episodes
United States: UniversalHD
Mauritius: MBC3COMING SOON
* [http://www.savesurface.com/ SaveSurface.com]
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