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BYUtv Greenlights Network’s Second Scripted Series, ‘Extinct’

BYUtv has greenlit sci-fi series “Extinct,” hailing from “Ender’s Game” author Orson Scott Card and writer Aaron Johnston, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Extinct” marks BYUtv’s second scripted series, following “Granite Flats.”

“Extinct” takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. Over the course of the season, the series carries the colony of revived humans through struggles with the aliens who extinguished humankind centuries before, while trying to understand and get along with the mysterious aliens who revived them.

Chad Michael Collins (“Sniper”) has been cast as the lead character, Ezra. The cast is rounded out by Victoria Atkin (“Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate”), Jaclyn Hales (“Unicorn City”), Yorke Fryer (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Jack Depew (“Mad Men”), Matthew Bellows (“Grimm”) and Jake Stormoen (“Mythica”)

Co-produced by Taleswapper and Go Films, “Extinct” will be produced by Adam Abel (“Forever Strong”) and directed by Ryan Little (“Outlaw Trail”).

“We are pleased to debut a sci-fi thriller created exclusively for BYUtv by one of the most awarded and bestselling authors — Orson Scott Card,” said BYUtv’s managing director Derek Marquis. “Following the incredible response to our first scripted drama, ‘Granite Flats,’ we are bringing a powerful apocalyptic story to life, written by two of the strongest writers in the world of speculative fiction, and directed and produced by top independent filmmakers.”

BYUtv — which is owned by Brigham Young University — has ordered 10 episodes with the first season slated to premiere in 2017.

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