Rather than canceling the struggling serialized murder mystery Harper’s Island, CBS announced today it will move the show from Thursdays at 10pm to Saturdays at 9pm, starting May 2. According to a network release, the 13-week limited series showed improvement in DVR and online viewership, an indication that it had enough of an audience to sustain the show through the end of its run.
Described as a cross between Lost, Ten Little Indians and One Tree Hill, the new CBS horror series Harper’s Island promises thrills, chills and gore in its 13-episode season. This murder mystery follows a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island for the destination wedding of Henry (Christopher Gorham) and Trish (Katie Cassidy). As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival. Everyone is a suspect. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive.
Harper’s Island not only exceeded many expectations in its late-season premiere, but even took on John Wells … and won.
The weekly murder mystery about a wedding on an island gone bad earned a 6.7 rating/12 share Thursday, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen Media Research. That was enough to win the hour, and even best the series premiere of “Southland” on NBC.
Harpers Island is a 13-episode murder mystery about a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island for a destination wedding. They’ve come to laugh… to love… and, though they don’t know it… to die. As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the wedding week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival. Abby Mills, whose mother was killed on the island by a homicidal maniac’s rampage seven years ago, journeys home for the first time since the horrific event for the wedding of her best friend, Henry Dunn. Henry, the boy next door, is marrying the woman of his dreams, Trish Wellington, a beautiful and wealthy heiress. But as the wedding week begins, people start dying. Every episode, someone is killed. Wedding guests and island locals, every person is a suspect. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive. Beginning Thursday, April 9th, and airing each Thursday at 10:00pm ET/PT through July, 2nd, the series is Executive Produced by Jon Turteltaub and Jeffrey Bell, and stars Katie Cassidy (Supernatural) as “Trish Wellington,” Elaine Cassidy (The Others) as “Abby Mills,” and Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) as “Henry Dunn.” Check out the official website at: http://www.harpersglobe.com
The apartment complex on The CW’s remake of Melrose Place is starting to get new residents.
First up? Actress Katie Cassidy, who is also a cast member on CBS’s buzzed-about upcoming murder mystery series, Harper’s Island. The two project’s won’t conflict because Harper‘s will have a new cast next season if the series is renewed.
Cassidy, 22, who is the daughter of The Partridge Family‘s David Cassidy, will play a sexy, sassy up-and-coming publicist on the remake.
And rumor has it that Mischa Barton has also auditioned for a role on the series’ pilot, but her rep says there’s no official news to share at this time.
Laura Leighton’s character Sydney Andrews is back from the dead to star in the CW’s new version of Melrose Place.
“It was a near-fatal accident. You never actually saw her dead,” says a source familiar with the show, referring to what looked like Sydney’s demise in the original Melrose Place.
At the end of Season 5 of Melrose, a car struck Sydney on her wedding day and left fans believing that she’d died. But appearances can be deceiving: Leighton is back as Sydney who will be the landlord on the network’s updated series.
The cast is complete, says a source, and they’ll start shooting the pilot next week.
Pilot season is here, and as always, the most exciting new projects are on the CW. And of those, this year’s most tantalizing effort is easily the reimagined Melrose Place.
Officially, we’ll have to wait nearly six months to see it, but unofficially, we’re starting to get a picture of what life will be like for the residents of what may still be L.A.’s hippest street.
Who’s starring, what characters are they playing and what do we know about return engagements by original castmembers? Here’s the scoopage for now…
High Profile, High Security: Lest you think Melrose Place is just a concept flying high on a wing and prayer, you should know that there is a fully developed pilot script. But unlike last year’s 90210 pilot script, which traveled far and wide through Hollywood before the series ever made it to air, the Melrose Place pages are being kept top, top secret.