Movie–themed US cable network ReelzChannel first pushed into original drama when it picked up The Kennedys, the miniseries profiling the political family that saw several networks pass over it as bad publicity swirled around its depiction of the titular dynasty.
Since then, the network has also picked up Steven Seagal’s True Justice, Canadian period drama Bomb Girls, XII, miniseries Barabbas and World Without End, the adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel of the same name.
It is also codeveloping a miniseries based on J Randy Taraborrelli’s After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family from 1968 to the Present with Muse Entertainment, which is due to air in late 2014.
Before then, however, Reelz will air a series of five original disaster miniseries from producer/distributor Sonar Entertainment, with each four-hour show depicting an end-of-the-world scenario.
Ring of Fire, directed by Paul Shapiro and written by Michael Vickerman, tells the story of an oil rig fire that threatens to spark a series of volcanic eruptions that could lead to the extinction of life on Earth.
Eve of Destruction sees two scientists attempt to discover unlimited energy before their experiment is sabotaged by eco-terrorists, creating a black hole that could destroy the planet. Rob Lieberman directs a script from Richard Beattie.
Delete, directed by Steve Barron and written by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, imagines what happens when computers become too self-aware with ambitions to destroy mankind.
Cat.8 stars Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) as a renegade scientist who tries to save the Earth from destruction by a giant fireball. It is directed by Kevin Fair and written by Donald Martin.
Finally, Exploding Sun follows what happens when the first ever commercial space shuttle is struck by a solar storm that could send Earth back into the Stone Age. It is directed by Michael Robinson and written by Jeff Schecter.
The five disaster miniseries will air on Reelz in 2013.