According to the report, the network, “Picked up straight to series in April 2016 as part of Spike’s push to re-enter the original scripted space, the drama starring Morgan Spector and Frances Conroy launched in late June to solid sampling, drawing 1.2 million viewers to the premiere with live-plus-three-day Nielsen returns. However, the rest of The Mist‘s run could barely draw 800,000 viewers — even with DVR. Among adults 18-49, the show couldn’t even crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.”
Last week we discussed SpikeTV’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s short story The Mist and one of the concerns that I had was how they planned to turn a story that only occupies 134 pages into a seasons worth of hour-long television shows. Well, my knowledge-thirsty friends, I have the answer!
The answer is this: it appears that show creator Christian Torpe has gone ahead and dreamed up a whole new vision for Stephen King’s work; one with brand new characters, brand new stories and one that takes place on a much grander scale (more on that in a bit). Gone are David Drayton and his son Billy…no sign of out-of-town neighbor and resident skeptic Brent Norton either. They have been replaced with Eve Copeland, her husband Kevin and daughter Alex. Also gone is the supermarket and instead we’re trapped in a mall. That’s not to say, however, that there are not others trapped elsewhere; keep in mind that this story is meant to be bigger than the source material. read more
Back in the mid-80’s I can recall getting my hands on Stephen King’s anthology book Skeleton Crew and ripping through it like I did all of his books back then. Out of all of the stories, it was The Mist that stuck with me. I can remember having vivid dreams of being trapped by that mist and its monsters in my local grocery store. I can also remember how angered I was by the ambiguous ending that King offered for the short.
Fast forward to 2007 and Frank Darabont brought The Mist to the big screen with his adaptation featuring Thomas Jane in the lead role (and the cast of The Walking Dead in support). While celebrated as a success by most, it never quite made its way into my heart and I especially loathed the ending that they dreamed up; never did I think I would prefer King’s “non-ending”. read more
Last night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Spike gave viewers a preview of what to expect when The MIST premieres on June 22nd.
The sixty-second teaser trailer is titled ‘Destruction’ and shows a town plunged into utter chaos when an eerie, dense mist arrives. It’s not long before the standard rules of society begin break down causing everyone to turn against each other.
The MIST is based on the Stephen King story which debuted in the horror anthology Dark Forces in 1980. In 2007 the story was republished as a stand-alone novel. read more
Frances Conroy will star in Spike’s The Mist TV series, based on Stephen King’s 1980 book. The straight-to-series drama has a 10-episode order. It tells the story of a seemingly benign mist that engulfs a small town, leaving chaos and destruction in its wake.
Conroy previously starred in Six Feet Under and American Horror Story. She will play the role of Nathalie, an ecological martyr who is more connected to nature than most humans. However her instincts about the humans she encounters are dead on. read more
The premiere episode of Spike’s The Mist will be directed by Emmy-winning director Adam Bernstein. The straight-to-series drama is based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name. The TWC-Dimension Television series, which will premiere in 2017, begins production this summer. The series centers around a seemingly innocuous mist that overtakes a small town, leaving chaos in its wake. Christian Torpe is writing and executive producing.
Bernstein is known for his pilots, which include Fargo, 30 Rock, and Scrubs. Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Californication, Shameless, Bored to Death, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Entourage are included in his other credits. read more
We previously reported that a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist had gotten a pilot on Spike. The project, from TWC-Dimension Television, has now gotten a straight-to-series pickup. The decision was made after hearing the series pitch the network said.
Sharon Levy, EVP, Original Series, Spike TV, said, “From the brilliant mind of Stephen King and the incredible production team at TWC-Dimension TV, The Mist will take audiences on a thrilling ride through a small town grappling with a mysterious and shocking horror.Christian and the entire team at TWC-Dimension TV have crafted the framework for a compelling and distinctive series that will resonate with Spike’s expanding audience.” read more
Spike has ordered a pilot for a drama series based on Stephen King’s ‘The Mist.’ The Dimension Television series will tell the story about a seemingly harmless mist that over takes a small town and creates havoc. The series is the first pilot ordered since the network has started producing scripted shows again. The network will be continuing to explore straight-to-series and pilot series productions. Christian Torpe (Rita) is writing and executive producing the series. Dimension previously adapted the story as a film in 2007. read more