Lifetime Television Greenlights 'The Gathering,' an Eerie New Original Miniseries from 'Battlestar Galactica' Producer David Eick and 'X-Files' Executive Producer John Shiban
The Two-Part, Four-Hour Miniseries From Sony Pictures Television To Air
This Fall On Lifetime
NEW YORK, April 24 -- Lifetime Television has greenlit the
chilling new original miniseries, "The Gathering," from the creative minds
of David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica") and John Shiban ("X-Files"), it was
announced today by Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime
Entertainment Services. The two-part, four-hour drama from Sony Pictures
Television follows the story of Michael Foster, a doctor in search of his
wife after she vanishes without a trace. Without any logical explanations
for her disappearance, Michael's search leads him to dark and sinister
findings, including the existence of a cabal of witches gathering in modern
day New York. Tom Patricia (Lifetime's "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray
Story") also serves as executive producer and Bill Eagles ("CSI") will
direct. "The Gathering" is Lifetime's second original miniseries, following
in the footsteps of network's 2005 acclaimed highly rated drama "Human
Trafficking." Casting is currently underway for a fall premiere on Lifetime
"It's great to be in business with David Eick and John Shiban who have
created a truly unique and scary event for Lifetime," said Daniels. Adding,
"The storytelling in 'The Gathering' reminds us how unpredictable and
unexplainable life can truly be."
"The scarier the real world gets, the more it seems we look to allegory
to reflect our fears back at us. This is a very timely story, about how the
people closest to you might be the ones you can trust the least," said
executive producer David Eick.
Executive producer John Shiban added, "We wanted to take a horror
staple -- witchcraft -- and give it a dose of reality and make television
that scares because it feels real so I'm thrilled to be partnered with
David and Lifetime as we try to apply the same reality ethos to the horror
In "The Gathering," Dr. Michael Foster wakes up after a disturbing
night to find his wife Ann missing from their home. With the local police
refusing to help and whispers in town believing Ann ran off with their
daughter's teacher, Michael is left with only the puzzling visions he had
the night of Ann's disappearance including a dying raven, a bloody circle
on the wall and cryptic images of his wife and daughter.
As Michael attempts to uncover the mystery of her disappearance, he
discovers Ann is involved with an ancient religious sect of witches
determined to dominate the world, even resorting to murder to get what they
want. But as Michael gets closer to finding his wife - and the truth - he
discovers very powerful people are also involved and he quickly learns
there is no one he can trust.
"The Gathering" is produced by Grove Street Pictures, Inc. and Cine
Pico in association with Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television.
David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica"), John Shiban ("The X-Files,"
"Supernatural") and Tom Patricia ("Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray
Story") serve as executive producers. John Shiban also wrote the miniseries
and Bill Eagles ("Numb3rs," "CSI") will direct.
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SOURCE Lifetime Television