Out of all of the reboots and remakes that are out there, we didn’t exactly expect The 4400 to be one that was given a second shot. The first version of the series, which featured Joel Gretsch, Patrick John Flueger (now of Chicago PD fame), and a then-largely-unknown Mahershala Ali, aired several years back on USA. It was canceled in a way that caused us to be fairly salty for a good three or four weeks, mostly because they had just created a fairly-epic twist that was going to change the whole series.
Now, this show could be coming back — maybe — in a new series on The CW from CBS Television Studios. Per the official logline, it doesn’t really look like all that much is actually changing:
Over the course of recent history, four thousand four hundred young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world. Some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day and none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.
Per Variety, Taylor Elmore (Justified) and Craig Sweeny (The Code) are currently set to be executive-producers on the new project, with Elmore serving as the project’s writer. This comes via CBS TV Studios, which is one of the reasons why this has a chance. The CW likes to have a balance of CBS and Warner Bros. TV shows, but that’s kind of hard when some of your CBS shows aren’t pulling in anywhere near the same ratings. The most successful one at present is the Charmed reboot, and it’s still too early to see whether or not that lasts. They also still have Dynasty on the air, which is doing pretty badly but still somehow has a 22-episode order.
We’ll be honest: We loved the original The 4400. Sure, it went a little bit overboard at times with some of the abductees having a wide array of crazy abilities (this was basically X-Men with aliens and time travel), but it was fun, fascinating, and had a really cool cast of characters. This was the closest thing to a superhero show that was out there on cable at the time, even if nobody was running around in a cape or tights. Crazy as it may seem, there was actually an era where there weren’t too many superhero shows on the air.
The 4400 is still in the early stages; it’s far too early to know whether or not it will end up becoming something more. Yet, this does remain the rare example of a reboot / remake for a series that we can actually get behind, since it never had its due the first time around! Okay, we’re going to stop now before we start getting angry over the cancellation again… For now, we are going to be happy that it’s being talked about.
What do you think about The 4400 getting new life, and do you think that there’s a chance that viewers are going to even know this show on The CW? Share now in the attached comments. (Photo: The CW.)