Migrant emerges with a sci-fi twist in TV series “The Crossing”


London (AFP):  Television images of bodies floating near the shores of small seaside towns have been a familiar but chilling main of the European migrant crisis in recent years. That is the premise of “The Crossing,” ABC’s high-concept sci-fi drama series written and executive produced by hit partnership Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie (“Criminal Minds,” “Revenge”).

“The Crossing,” follows mystery migrants who start showing up to seek asylum in a modern-day fishing town in the US.

The survivors  just 47 from 500 who made the trip claim to have escaped a horrifying war 250 years in the future. But circumstances threaten to kick off the war in 2018 instead.

Dworkin told journalists at the recent Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, “This is still a peaceful time, relative to history, and where these people are from, they look back on this as being a hopeful place.”

“They get here, it gets complicated and they realize maybe it’s not quite as hopeful as they thought.”

Steve Zahn (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “War for the Planet of the Apes”) plays Jude Miller, the local sheriff with a past who teams up with a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter.

The picture, remarkable for the agony and relief etched in Majid’s face, became a symbol of the perils refugees face on their journey across the Mediterranean.

Last year more than 117,000 migrants made that journey but in excess of 3,000 lost their lives at sea.

Dworkin added that while the show may posit a dystopian future, many of the experts he and Beattie spoke to were “weirdly positive” about what lies in store for humanity.

he told journalists, “Every day we’re hearing about how climate change is going to destroy us and how over-population is going to destroy us, and the seas are going to rise.”

Season one, which takes over ABC’s Monday 10:00 pm slot from April 2, consists of 10 episodes plus the pilot.

The season finale, Dworkin said, would give viewers a “whole host” of reasons to come back for season two.

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