The River Revealed at TV Critics Panel

Today, press attending ABC’s TCA panel got a sneak peek at and heard from the creative of The River, a new series coming Dreamworks Television.  Following the panel, our man on the scene, Scott Huver, caught up to series creator, Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), for a brief Q&A. Set on the Amazon, The River stars Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Paul Blackthorne, Paulina Gaitan, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Shaun Parkes and Thomas Kretschmann and begins Tuesday, February 7.  Described as more like The X-Files and less like Lost, the show concerns the search for a famed explorer lost in the Amazon. Peli began developing “The River” as a movie. As it grew bigger, he ended up meeting withf Steven Spielberg, who also executive produces the show. “It actually started with an idea I had for a movie that was much more simple than “The River” evolved,” Peli said. “It was just a documentary crew gone missing and the mission to find them. Then I had a meeting with Steven Spielberg and he told me, ‘Hey, we should do a TV show together.’ And I’m thinking okay, sure. At that point I was barely figuring out the world of movies, I knew nothing about TV. He was like, ‘Why waste this on one movie? You can turn it into a TV show.’ Then we thought of the idea of making it on a boat on “The River”, pitched it to Dreamworks.”

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