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Will Oren Pel's "The River" swim to Netflix when its ABC run is over?

03.22.2012by: Eric Walkuski
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Oren Peli's paranormal adventure series "The River" never gripped me. I watched the two-hour premiere and knew the second it was over that I was done with it. I simply wasn't invested in the mystery or the drama. Plus, in my mind, the found footage format is just not suitable for a television series. I can hardly stomach the movies...

It would seem as though I'm not the only one who tuned out with the quickness; the show's run (which just concluded on ABC) was a low-rated one, and though it hasn't officially been cancelled by the network, it would be a shocker if it gets renewed.

However, fans of the series (are you out there?) should take solace in the knowledge that "The River" hasn't dried up just yet. Netflix, which is getting into the original programming game in a big way right now, is evidently having conversations with ABC about importing the show onto the streaming service.

It's not official as of right now, but it's something to keep an eye on. Netflix is also reportedly interested in bringing "Terra Nova", which was recently cancelled by Fox, into the fold.

If you missed "The River" completely, here's how it kicked off: Famed explorer, naturalist, and TV personality, Dr. Emmet Cole, has gone missing deep within the Amazon rainforest and is presumed dead. However, his wife, the passionate and devoted Tess Cole, will not give up hope. When Emmet Coleís distress beacon goes off, Emmetís long-time TV producer, Clark Quietly, offers Tess and her family the opportunity to go to the Amazon to find him.


"The River's" Paulina Gaitan

Extra Tidbit: Both shows Netflix is considering saving, "The River" and "Terra Nova," were produced by Steven Spielberg.
Source: Deadline

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5:50PM on 03/22/2012
I watched the first few episodes and while I was intrigued in the beginning, it got boring relatively fast and basically lost me after only 3 or 4 episodes. Cool if its being revived for netflix, but I think I'll pass...
I watched the first few episodes and while I was intrigued in the beginning, it got boring relatively fast and basically lost me after only 3 or 4 episodes. Cool if its being revived for netflix, but I think I'll pass...
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2:48PM on 03/22/2012
Reviving a show on netflix that wasn't doing so well on network TV makes actual fans happy. That's what reviving a show means you dimwit.
Reviving a show on netflix that wasn't doing so well on network TV makes actual fans happy. That's what reviving a show means you dimwit.
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4:12PM on 03/22/2012
That time of the month? Need a tampon? Or are you just another cowardly dweeb who likes to attack people from the anonymous safety of your computer keyboard? Grow up.
That time of the month? Need a tampon? Or are you just another cowardly dweeb who likes to attack people from the anonymous safety of your computer keyboard? Grow up.
12:27AM on 03/23/2012
Says the tough guy who is ALSO hiding behind his computer. I think you should grow up as well buddy...
Says the tough guy who is ALSO hiding behind his computer. I think you should grow up as well buddy...
4:25PM on 03/23/2012
And how is defending myself against an unprovoked personal attack being a tough guy or warrant one growing up? Your comments make no sense other then to involve yourself in something that was none of your buisiness.Pay attention and have all the facts before you chime in \"buddy\"! His rude comment was aimed at me and my comment below his. I didn\'t attack anyone and there was no need to attack me. But, since he did, I responded and stand by my statement.If I attacked you, you\'d defend
And how is defending myself against an unprovoked personal attack being a tough guy or warrant one growing up? Your comments make no sense other then to involve yourself in something that was none of your buisiness.Pay attention and have all the facts before you chime in \"buddy\"! His rude comment was aimed at me and my comment below his. I didn\'t attack anyone and there was no need to attack me. But, since he did, I responded and stand by my statement.If I attacked you, you\'d defend yourself so, don\'t be a hypocrite and so self righteous.
2:13PM on 03/22/2012
The River was very disappointing. I watched all the episodes but, only about three were really effective. And while I like found footage movies, I agree 100% it doesn't work for a weekly TV show. Not sure what reviving a show that wasn't working is going to accomplish.They should try new programming ideas. I don't have Netflix streaming and am not interested in paying money to watch already failed shows.
The River was very disappointing. I watched all the episodes but, only about three were really effective. And while I like found footage movies, I agree 100% it doesn't work for a weekly TV show. Not sure what reviving a show that wasn't working is going to accomplish.They should try new programming ideas. I don't have Netflix streaming and am not interested in paying money to watch already failed shows.
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