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Genre Science fiction
Format Serial drama
Created by Kenneth Johnson
Developed by Scott Peters
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) The Scott Peters Company
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel ABC
Original run November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) – present
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V is an American science fiction television series first broadcast on ABC on November 3, 2009.[1][2] A re-imagining of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson, the new series chronicles the arrival on Earth of a technologically advanced alien species which ostensibly comes in peace, but actually has sinister motives.[3] V stars Morena Baccarin, Lourdes Benedicto, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Charles Mesure, Elizabeth Mitchell, Laura Vandervoort and Scott Wolf, and is executive produced by Scott Rosenbaum, Yves Simoneau, Scott Peters, and Jace Hall.[4] The series is produced by The Scott Peters Company, HDFilms and Warner Bros. Television. ABC renewed V for a second season, which premiered January 4, 2011[5][6] and concluded March 15, 2011.



[edit] Premise

Giant spaceships appear over 29 major cities throughout the world, and Anna (Morena Baccarin), the beautiful and charismatic leader of the extraterrestrial "Visitors", declares that they come in peace. The Visitors claim to only need a small amount of Earth's resources, in exchange for which they will share their advanced technological and medical knowledge. As a small number of humans begin to doubt the sincerity of the seemingly benevolent Visitors, FBI counter-terrorism agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) discovers that the aliens are actually reptilian humanoids wearing pseudo-human skin, have spent decades infiltrating human governments, businesses and religious institutions, and are now in the final stages of their plan to take over the Earth. Erica joins the resistance movement, which includes Ryan (Morris Chestnut), a Visitor sleeper agent who over time developed human emotions and now wants to save humanity. Their rebellion is further challenged as the Visitors have won favor among the people of Earth by curing a variety of diseases, and have recruited Earth's youth—including Erica's son Tyler (Logan Huffman)—to serve them unknowingly as spies.[2]

[edit] Cast and characters

[edit] Main cast

Seven cast members of V in a line               with a city backdrop.
Original characters from left to right: Jack Landry, Valerie Stevens, Tyler Evans, Erica Evans, Anna, Chad Decker, and Ryan Nichols
  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans – an FBI counter-terrorism agent who becomes a member of and eventually the leader of the global Fifth Column.
  • Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols – a Visitor posing as human and a Fifth Columnist trying to undermine the insidious plans of the Visitors. He is later forced to betray the Fifth Column due to Anna holding his baby daughter hostage. He is strangled to death by his daughter while trying to remove her from the Visitor mothership in the season 2 finale.
  • Joel Gretsch as Father Jack Landry – a Catholic priest and former U.S. Army chaplain whose unease with the Visitors is soon validated by his alliance with Erica over their discovery of the Visitors' secret. Over time, he finds his views of the Visitors conflict with the church hierarchy. He is eventually laicized after speaking out against the Visitors one time too many, following numerous warnings from the Visitor-controlled Vatican.
  • Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans – Erica's teenage son who becomes a V "peace ambassador" and Lisa's love-interest. He becomes closer to Anna over time, and at odds with his own mother. The Visitors stripped him of half his DNA when he was in Erica's womb, which led to his father believing that Erica had an affair. He is killed by Lisa's "twin" sister after mating with her in the season 2 finale.
  • Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie Stevens (Season 1) – Ryan's fiancée who was originally unaware of his alien nature. Her discovery of his secret leads to her being murdered by Anna after giving birth to Ryan's baby.
  • Laura Vandervoort as Lisa – a Visitor and Tyler's love-interest who is revealed to be Anna's daughter and next-in-line to be the Visitors' queen. She displays growing human emotion throughout the first season and joins the Fifth Column in the season finale. After a failed assassination attempt in the season 2 finale, Anna imprisons her and replaces her with her sister who has been made to be her identical twin. As an ultimate act of revenge, Lisa is forced to watch as her double mates with and kills Tyler.
  • Charles Mesure as Kyle Hobbes (recurring Season 1, starring Season 2[7]) – a former British SAS soldier and current mercenary, on top of the wanted lists of many law enforcement organizations, who is recruited by the Fifth Column. It is revealed the Visitors have someone close to him and are blackmailing him.
  • Morena Baccarin as Anna – the cold, manipulative Visitor Queen and High Commander. She maintains loyalty and control over her subjects by use of a telepathic pacification process known as the "Bliss".
  • Scott Wolf as Chad Decker – a television news anchor who becomes the Visitors' spokesperson. He is caught between his journalistic ethics and his ambition when his exclusive access to Anna comes with a price. He turns Fifth Column when he learns the sinister truth about the Visitors, though this remains hidden from Anna until the season 2 finale.

[edit] Supporting cast

  • Christopher Shyer as Marcus – Anna's second-in-command in charge of operations. He is shot in the second season during the Concordia announcements, but has since recovered.
  • Mark Hildreth as Joshua – The physician in charge of the medical crew on board the Visitors' New York mothership. In season 1, he appears loyal to Anna but is in fact a Fifth Columnist undermining the Visitors' operations from within. After being killed and revived, he awakens in season 2 with a wiped memory and renewed loyalty to Anna. In the end of season 2, he remembers being in Fifth Column after seeing Lisa snoop around on the mothership and rejoins the network against Anna.
  • David Richmond-Peck as Georgie Sutton (Season 1) – One of the original members of the human resistance, who wanted revenge against the Visitors for causing his family's deaths after he discovered the V's agenda. In an attempt to save Ryan, he is kidnapped by Anna and later chooses to die rather than reveal Fifth Column members.
  • Roark Critchlow as Paul Kendrick – Erica's superior in the FBI counter-terrorism unit. He has long suspected that Erica might be a member of the Fifth Column and reveals himself to be part of another underground anti-V organization known as Project Aries.
  • Alan Tudyk as Dale Maddox (Season 1) – Erica's first partner in the season. Erica discovers he is a Visitor, and wounds him. He ends up on Anna's ship where he is killed by Joshua, the V physician, who is also a spy for the Fifth Column.
  • Rekha Sharma as Agent Sarita Malik – An FBI agent assigned to work with Erica. Like Erica's previous partner, she is also revealed to be a V mole. After her true identity is discovered, she is tortured and killed by the Resistance.
  • Scott Hylands as Father Travis – An elder priest at the same church where Father Jack works. He appears to side with the Visitors in several conversations with Father Jack.
  • Lexa Doig as Dr. Leah Pearlman (Season 1) – A V doctor posing as Valerie's human physician. She is also Fifth Column.
  • Nicholas Lea as Joe Evans – Erica's ex-husband, who left her after blood tests revealed that their son, Tyler, couldn't possibly be his. He tries to reconnect with his wife and son after learning the truth about Tyler's altered DNA. In season 2, he is caught in a crossfire between FBI agents and the Fifth Column, and is shot and killed.
  • Jane Badler as Diana (Season 2) – Anna's mother, who is being held prisoner on the Visitor mothership in a secret prison cell made to resemble their homeworld. [8] She was once Queen until she proposed that the Visitors live in peace with humans. Anna finally overthrew her and imprisoned her for fifteen years. She was eventually rescued in the season 2 finale but rather than escape, she chose to confront her subjects and was killed by Anna as a result.
  • Bret Harrison as Sidney Miller (Season 2) – an evolutionary biologist, whom Erica tracks down in order to explain the Red Sky.[9] Since then, he has continued to work with the Fifth Column.
  • Oded Fehr as Eli Cohn (Season 2) – an ex-Mossad agent and the leader of a radical Fifth Column cell, with whom Erica shockingly has a mysterious past. He is killed in a staged hostage crisis after turning over his global contacts as well as leadership of his cell to Erica. Rosenbaum has stated that, "The two of them have something in common that she [Erica] never would have guessed."[10]
  • Jay Karnes as Chris Bolling (Season 2) – Erica's newly-assigned FBI partner who trained with her at Quantico. He begins to suspect that Erica may have divided loyalties when it comes to her dedication to bringing down the Fifth Column. In the season 2 finale, he is revealed to be a member of a secret global anti-V cabal known as Project Aries.
  • Martin Cummins as Thomas (Season 2) – the chief engineer of Anna's Concordia project, who is temporarily promoted to second-in-command following the shooting of Marcus.
  • Ona Grauer as Kerry Eltoff (Season 2) – Chad's co-anchor on "Prime Focus," added by their producer to provide opposing viewpoint to Chad's Visitor-centric reporting. He tricks her into claiming that sources showed a city-wide blackout was the result of the unstable Visitor Concordia generator, causing her to be fired for false reporting. However, Anna had revealed to Chad that Kerry's viewpoints were "dangerous" to Visitor/human relations and would not be tolerated. Therefore, in getting her fired, Chad not only removed her as a threat to his cover but also protected her from Anna's wrath.
  • Marc Singer as Lars Tremont (Season 2) – a member of a top-secret organization of high-ranking military and government leaders (called Project Aries) who know more about the Visitors than most and have been secretly preparing for a Visitor attack.[11]

[edit] Production

The series was announced in May 2009, to be executive produced by Scott Peters, Jace Hall, Steve Pearlman, and Jeffrey Bell.[12] Filming of the post-pilot episodes began on August 10, 2009.[13] Cast member Elizabeth Mitchell noted that the show would do service to the most iconic moments from the original franchise.[14]

Peters later confirmed that in addition to potentially using cast members from the 1983 miniseries, the new series would nod to the original in other ways.[13] He said that when asking people what they thought were the most memorable elements of V, the top responses included "the huge ships, the red uniforms, eating the hamster, and [the] alien baby," adding that "we are well aware of those moments and are looking to put our own little spin on them to tip our hat to the old audience."[13][15]

Entertainment Weekly put the original V on its 2008 list "The Sci-Fi 25: The Genre's Best Since 1982" and called Visitor leader Diana's devouring of a guinea pig "one of the best TV reveals ever."[16] Asked about the 1983 reveal of the Visitors' reptilian appearance beneath their human disguise, Peters noted "That was the other one, of course... We tried to put our own [spin on it]. We're... a little bit different than their execution of it. It wasn't so much latex mask as it is real flesh and blood."[13]

The Hollywood Reporter called the idea behind V "a powerhouse concept that combines conflict, suspense and imagination with some heavy-duty philosophical issues," noting that the update "preserves the original framework but shifts the atmosphere to accommodate contemporary concerns... the militaristic notes will be more subdued. Instead, there will be more of a post-9/11 emphasis on questions of trust and terror."[3]

Production on the show was temporarily suspended in August 2009, pending the resolution of a dispute filed with the Writers Guild of America by original creator Kenneth Johnson. Warner Bros. sought to remove Johnson's "created by" status by claiming that the new show was so fundamentally changed from Johnson's original premise that it constituted a standalone work and not a remake. The Writers Guild, however, disagreed, and when production resumed in September 2009, Johnson retained the credit.[17][18]

In September 2009, it was announced that four episodes of V would air in November 2009, and that the series would resume its 12-episode season in March 2010 after the 2010 Winter Olympics.[19] ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson said, "We always intended to break the show up into 'pods' to make it more of an event."[19] As production of the fourth episode of V wrapped, it was announced on November 3, 2009, that Scott Rosenbaum had been named executive producer and showrunner of the series, with Peters and Hall remaining as executive producers.[4] Production of the remaining eight episodes resumed in January 2010 with new episodes returning March 30, 2010.[20] On May 13, 2010, ABC renewed V for a second season.[5] The second season premiered January 4, 2011, but the original order of 13 episodes was reduced to 10.[6]

[edit] Reception

Graph of the U.S. viewing figures of the first season of V.

The series premiere of V garnered generally favorable reviews, scoring 67 out of 100 on Metacritic.[21] E! Online stated "on a scale of 1 to 10, we give it an 11. V is the best pilot we've seen in, well, forever."[22] USA Today's Robert Bianco put V on his list of the top ten new shows, stating that the remake is well-made and "quickly establishes its own identity,"[23] and The Hollywood Reporter called the new series "clever enough for a cult following and accessible enough to reach a broad demo."[3] King Features' entertainment reporter Cindy Elavsky calls V "the best new show on television, by far. The special effects are feature-film quality; the writing is intelligent and time-relevant; and the acting is first-rate. The first five minutes alone will hook you for the entire season."[24] The New York Times wrote that "The ideas in V, about alien encounters and mass delusion and media manipulation, are enticing. It's too bad that they're floating around in a show that at this early stage, is so slapdash and formulaic in its storytelling."[25] The Onion's The A.V. Club gave V's premiere a 'C' rating, calling it "rote and by-the-numbers."[26]

The second season premiere received a score of 49/100 on Metacritic, indicating mixed reviews.[27]

In the UK on Syfy, the original broadcast of the pilot was seen by 481,000 viewers and was #1 for the network for its entire run.[28]

[edit] Awards and nominations

V was nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series at the 2010 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the pilot episode.[29] The show was also nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 36th People's Choice Awards[30] and for Best Television Presentation. Morena Baccarin was nominated for Best Supporting Actress on Television at the 36th Saturn Awards.[31] At the 37th Saturn Awards, the show received three nominations, for Best Network Series, Elizabeth Mitchell for Best Actress in Television, and Morena Baccarin for Best Supporting Actress in Television.[32]

[edit] Interpretation

The re-imagined series has been interpreted by some reviewers as an allegory of the presidency of Barack Obama.[33][34][35] In his review of the show, Troy Patterson of Slate points out that bloggers and journalists had noticed parallels between the show's premise and the Obama administration, and writes that "if the show is to have the symbolic import that we expect from a science-fiction story, this is the only possible way to read V as a coherent text. The only problem with this analysis lies in its generous presupposition that the text is, in fact, coherent."[33] Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post noted in her review that the fact the series was debuting on the first anniversary of Obama's election "was not lost on some ... TV critics" and also remarked that the use of phrases present in the series (such as "hope", "change", and "Universal Health Care" being offered by the Visitors) made it seem as though "Lou Dobbs had taken over the network, as those things only became popular with the current administration."[34] Chicago Tribune reviewer Glenn Garvin called the show "controversial", saying the series was "a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president's supporters and delight his detractors."[35]

The show's cast and crew deny the charges of bias. Actress Morena Baccarin acknowledges that she had modeled her character, Visitor leader Anna, after politicians but she and series executive producer Peters were surprised by the controversy. At a press conference at Summer TV Press Tour 2009, Peters said that the show was open to interpretation and that "people bring subjective thoughts to it... but there is no particular agenda."[34] Bell agreed, stating that it was simply "a show about spaceships."[33]

[edit] U.S. Nielsen ratings

Season Episodes Timeslot (ET) Original airing Rank[36] Viewers
(in millions)[36]
(Adults 18–49)[36]
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 12 Tuesday 8:00 pm (November 3–24, 2009)
Tuesday 10:00 pm (March 30 – May 18, 2010)
November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18) 2009–2010 #34 (2009)
#89 (2010)
9.75 (2009)
5.72 (2010)
3.4 (2009)
2.3 (2010)
2 10 Tuesday 9:00 pm January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04) March 15, 2011 (2011-03-15) 2010–2011 N/A N/A N/A

[edit] DVD and Blu-ray releases

Release dates Region 1 (U.S./Canada) Region 2 (UK/South Africa/Europe) Region 2 (France/Switzerland/Belgium) Region 4 (Australia) Region 4 (New Zealand) Region 4 (Brazil)
November 2, 2010[37] November 8, 2010[38] February 16, 2011 November 10, 2010[39] November 17, 2010[40] December 9, 2010[41]

Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include a commentary track on "Fruition" by executive producers Scott Rosenbaum and Steve Pearlman, deleted scenes, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes – "The Actor's Journey from Human to V", "An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V", Breaking Story: The World of V", and "The Visual FX of V".

[edit] References

  1. ^ Rice, Lynette (July 25, 2009). "V: ABC's alien series invades Comic-Con—but does it come in peace?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Brian Ford (August 8, 2009). "ABC Books V for November 3". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Garron, Barry (October 30, 2009). "V – TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Abrams, Natalie (November 3, 2009). "V Switches Showrunner". Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Hibberd, James (May 13, 2010). "Fan favs 'Chuck' and 'V' to return next season". The Live Feed. 
  6. ^ a b ABC. "Season Two of "V" Will Premiere January 4, 2011, on ABC". Press release. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ ABC Television Network (July 29, 2010). "Charles Mesure Joins Cast of ABC's "V" for Season Two". Press release. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ ABC Television Network (August 6, 2010). "Jane Badler Joins Cast of ABC's "V" in a Recurring Role". Press release. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ ABC (August 11, 2010). "Brett Harrison Joins Cast of ABC's "V" in a Recurring Role". Press release. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Resident Evil Star joins V". IGN. September 17, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ Keck, William (November 29, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: Original V Star Marc Singer Returns to ABC's V!". TV Guide. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ ABC (May 19, 2009). "ABC Unveils 2009–10 Primetime Schedule". Press release. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c d Lee, Patrick (August 11, 2009). "V producer on who might return and other homages". Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  14. ^ French, Dan (July 29, 2009). "Elizabeth Mitchell talks Lost, V". Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  15. ^ Patrick Sauriol (March 9, 2009). "Exclusive: The pilot for the new V series reviewed". Corona Coming Attractions. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  16. ^ Jensen, Jeff (December 11, 2008). "The Sci-Fi 25: The Genre's Best Since 1982". Entertainment Weekly.,,20037541,00.html. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  17. ^ Schneider, Michael (October 30, 2009). "'V' voice revisits familiar turf". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  18. ^ Hinman, Michael (September 2, 2009). "'V' Remains Creation Of Kenneth Johnson". AlphaAirlock. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b Abrams, Natalie (September 25, 2009). "ABC's V to Take a Break". Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Flashforward and V to Return in March 2010". ABC Medianet. 
  21. ^ "V: Series reviews". Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  22. ^ Team WWK (July 6, 2009). "Spoiler Chat: Who's taking a break from Grey's Anatomy?". E! Online. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  23. ^ Bianco, Robert (September 4, 2009). "Robert Bianco's top 10 new fall shows: Laughs, chills, music". USA Today. Retrieved September 4, 2009. 
  24. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (October 15, 2009). "The New V Is Must-Watch TV!". Celebrity Extra. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  25. ^ Hale, Mike (November 2, 2009). "They Came From Beyond, Sexy and Media Savvy". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  26. ^ Sims, David (November 3, 2009). "V: Pilot". The A.V. Club.,34902/. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  27. ^ "V: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes (See April 12-18 2010 onwards and choose "Syfy")". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  29. ^ "2010 Emmy Nominations: Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series". Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  30. ^ "People's Choice Awards Nominees & Winners:2010". Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  31. ^ "In Full: Saturn TV Awards 2010 - Winners". Digital Spy. June 25, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  32. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (February 24, 2011). "'Inception,' 'Walking Dead' Top Saturn Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  33. ^ a b c Troy Patterson (November 3, 2009). "Guess Who's Coming To Eat Us for Dinner. The classic '80s series V gets a post-9/11 update.". Slate. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  34. ^ a b c Lisa de Moraes (August 10, 2009). "ABC Executives Sound Coy About New TV Series's Political Edge". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
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  36. ^ a b c "Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". June 16, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  37. ^ "V - 'The Complete 1st Season' Formally Announced for DVD and Blu: Extras, Finalized Date, More!". July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
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  41. ^ "Listão de lançamentos para dezembro!". Retrieved December 15, 2010. 

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