Lifetime’s ‘Omen’ Sequel ‘Damien’ Moves to A&E

by Lynn Sorel

Lifetime’s ‘The Omen’ sequel ‘Damien’ is moving to it’s corporate sister A&E Network. The straight-to-series drama has been extended from six episodes to ten. The Fox 21 series is the follow up the 1976 classic film.

Executive vp and GM at A&E and Lifetime Rob Sharenow said “A&E’s unwavering commitment to high-quality original scripted drama programming, coupled with the sizable fan base for our hit series Bates Motel, which so perfectly aligns with Damien, make the network the ideal fit for this exceptional show. We are thrilled with what we’ve seen so far and know that Glen and the creative team have even more story to tell in season one.”

 Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) is showrunner behind the drama. It centers around the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradly James), who is unaware of the satanic forces surrounding him. He must come to terms with who he really is – the Antichrist. Meunier is cast as the cynical Detective Shay who is investigating the bizarre events occurring around Thorn. Barbara Hershey also stars as Ann Rutledge, the woman assisting Damien on his path to power, and Omid Abtahi (Better Call Saul) who plays Amani Golker, a co-worker of Damien’s who realizes who he really is. Mazzara is writing and executive producing the series with his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman is also executive producing with his Fineman Entertainment, and developing the series with Mazzara. Pancho Mansfield and Skekhar Kapur are executive producing as well.  Kapur is directing the premiere episode, which is set to air in 2015.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter Sharenow talked about the reasoning behind moving ‘Damien’ to A&E saying “Lifetime will always be female-focused, and A&E is more male skewing. Plus, A&E is a more intense drama brand … But in both instances, I’m really just trying to set the quality bar higher.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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