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The River

The River is an ABC network found-footage supernatural adventure horror television series, created by Oren Peli & Michael R. Perry.

The show aired from February 7 to March 20, 2012, lasting for one season and eight episodes.

It was produced by Blumhouse Television, Amblin Television, ABC Studios & J.A. Green Construction Corp.

Plot

Six months after wildlife expert and TV personality Emmet Cole disappears while searching for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon, his emergency beacon starts blinking.

Emmet's wife, Tess rounds up a team consisting of their son, Lincoln and a crew of old friends to head into the jungle in search of Emmet, agreeing to let the former producer of Cole's show film the expedition in order to fund the expedition.

However, the truth about Dr. Cole's disappearance is out there somewhere, waiting to be discovered.

Cast

Main Cast

  • Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Emmet Cole
  • Joe Anderson as Lincoln Cole
  • Leslie Hope as Tess Cole
  • Eloise Mumford as Lena Landry
  • Paul Blackthorne as Clark Quietly
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Captain Kurt Brynildson
  • Daniel Zacapa as Emilio Valenzuela
  • Shaun Parkes as A.J. Poulain
  • Paulina Gaitán as Jahel Valenzuela

Guest Cast

  • Scott Michael Foster as Jonas Beckett
  • Katie Featherston as Rosetta "Rabbit" Fischer
  • Lee Tergesen as Russ Landry
  • Jeff Galfer as Sammy Kirsch
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo as Manny Centeno
  • Don McManus as Patrick
  • Karen LeBlanc as Annabele
  • Walter Perez as Soup
  • Kelemete Misipeka as Malosi
  • Lili Bordán as Hanna

Production

"The River" aired during the 2011–12 television winter season on ABC as a mid-season replacement. Eight episodes were produced for the first season.

On May 11, 2012, ABC officially canceled the series.

After "The River" was officially canceled by ABC due to its sub-par ratings, Netflix was in talks with ABC Studios about possibly continuing the series on its video-on-demand digital distribution service, but they ultimately passed on it.

Reception

"The River" has been met with generally favorable reviews, with a collective score of 64/100 from Metacritic from 27 critics.

Matt Roush of TV Guide called the show "a terrifying heart-stopper, a cleverly cinematic supernatural adventure that takes us on a wild ride into an exotic heart of darkness."

USA Today's Robert Bianco stated, "There are moments when The River, with its curse-around-every-corner setup, threatens to topple over into farce. But a strong cast and that things-that-go-bump-in-the-night shooting style so far keep the show on course".

However, Mike Hale of The New York Times rated the show poorly, saying "The mixture of Lost storytelling and Paranormal Activity style is neither intriguing nor particularly scary, and it doesn't help that there's hardly a glimmer of humor".

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