‘Emergence’ is a thriller mystery drama, developed by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. Executive produced by Fazekas and Butters, alongside Paul McGuigan and Robert Atwood, its pilot was previously ordered by NBC. However, the show was picked up by ABC Studios on May 11, 2019, as an addition to its 2019-20 line-up.
The series follows a police chief who discovers a young child after a mysterious accident and takes her in. Later, she finds out that the girl holds no memories of her identity. Further investigation into the incident reveals more terrifying secrets from the past.
Emergence Cast: Who’s in it?
Allison Tolman stars as Jo Evans, a police chief fresh after a divorce and mom to her teen daughter Bree. Evans takes in a mysterious child named Piper and attempts to protect her from those who wish to harm the girl. Tolman has previously enacted the role of police officer Molly Solverson in ‘Fargo’. Clancy Brown from ‘Highlander’ (an action-adventure fantasy movie) fame plays Ed, a former firefighter, Jo’s dad, and Bree’s grandad. Ed is currently fighting cancer.
Alexa Skye Swinton stars as Piper, the survivor of a plane crash, with no memory of her past. Ashley Aufderheide is Bree Evans, Jo’s daughter. Donald Faison plays Alex Evans, Jo’s ex and Bree’s dad. Owain Yeoman plays Benny Gallagher, a Reuters’ investigator. Robert Bailey Jr. is Chris Minetto, another police officer from Jo’s team. Zabryna Guevara stars as Abby Fraiser, a pediatrician and Jo’s closest friend. Terry O’Quinn plays Richard Kindred, the charismatic, ruthless, multi-billionaire owner of a tech firm, Augur Industries, which conceals a dangerous agenda.
Emergence Plot: What is it about?
Jo Evans, a whip-smart, recently divorced police chief of Long Island’s Peconic Bay, finds a stranded young girl, Piper, on the site of a strange accident. Jo lands in this location after there’s a mysterious power breakdown, subsequently followed by puzzling lights in the sky, and a fatal plane crash by the shore. When she arrives, it seems there are no survivors. However, Jo discovers a quiet young girl hiding in the dunes. She offers the child comfort by wrapping her up in a police jacket. Jo makes an instant connection with the girl since she is wearing a ‘Toy Story‘ t-shirt.
Jo decides to take Piper in, only to realize that the latter holds no memories of the incident. She does not even remember who she is. To make matters worse, the doctor verifies that she has no physical injuries. This raises a series of questions — the most important being, how could anyone survive a plane crash without a single injury?
As Jo and her team dive deep into the investigation, concerning the events of the bizarre plane crash, they unravel a deadly conspiracy, with Piper’s identity taking up the center stage. To complicate matters further, investigative reporter Benny Gallagher intrudes into the police procedurals by focusing on his own take on the matter.
In the midst of everything, Jo needs to balance her growing affection for Piper and her relationship with her family, which includes her daughter Bree, father Ed and ex-husband, Alex. As Jo starts peeling off layers from this puzzling mystery, she has to tackle family dynamics, explore unexplained events that question reality, and answer some very shocking questions. There are strange electronic disruptions, bizarre forces, and a weird cryptic symbol — all of them leading to Piper. So, how does a regular family face so many inexplicable situations? Watch the series to find out.
Emergence Season 1 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Emergence’ season 1 premieres on ABC on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 10| 9c. Each episode of this mystery-themed thriller drama, with hints of sci-fi elements, spans a run-time of 60 minutes. The series follows a weekly schedule, airing one episode every Monday at the same time slot. You can watch the episodes the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app, and Hulu.
‘Emergence’ joins ABC’s slate of programming for 2019–2020. The intriguing drama forms part of the network’s order for three other titles, solely under the ABC banner, which include the Cobie Smulders drama inspired by the ‘Stumptown’ graphic novel series and the ‘Black-ish‘ prequel ‘Mixed-ish’. There are two co-productions as well with Sony Pictures Television — the legal drama ‘For Life’ and comedy ‘United We Fall’.
Below is the official trailer for season 1 of ‘Emergence’, as released by ABC on May 14, 2019. The tagline of the show goes as: “Beyond explanation…beyond understanding…lies the truth.” On August 27, 2019, ABC also released a nine-minute preview on its online platform, YouTube, and Facebook accounts. It lends viewers some insights into a series of clues that forms a part of the main storyline. For additional clips, you can also check out the show’s official website.
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