Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: April 9, 2009 – July 11, 2009
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Katie Cassidy, Matt Barr, Gina Holden, Brandon Jay McLaren, Cassandra Sawtell, C.J. Thomason, Jim Beaver, Cameron Richardson, Adam Campbell, Claudette Mink, Amber Borycki, Dean Chekvala, Ali Liebert, Beverley Elliott, David Lewis, Chris Gauthier, Ben Cotton, Richard Burgi, Nicholas Carella, Sean Rogerson, Dean Wray, and Callum Keith Rennie.
TV show description:
A group of friends and family members go to Harper’s Island to attend the wedding of Henry Dunn (Christopher Gorham) and Trish Wellington (Katie Cassidy). The happy affair begins to go seriously awry as the guests are killed one by one. Is there a serial killer amongst the group?
Real estate mogul Thomas Wellington (Richard Burgi) disapproves of Henry but has agreed to pay for his daughter’s extravagant wedding anyway. Shea Allen (Gina Holden) is Trish’s big sister and the Matron of Honor. She’s experiencing problems in her marriage to Richard (David Lewis), and her young daughter, flower girl Madison (Cassandra Sawtell), is acting up.
Abby Mills (Elaine Cassidy) is Henry’s best friend from childhood. She grew up on the island until her mother was killed by a lunatic, John Wakefield, and her father sent her away. Jimmy Mance (C.J. Thomason) was her high school sweetheart and currently works as a local fisherman. He’s happy about the upcoming nuptials just because he gets to see Abby again. Sheriff Charlie Mills (Jim Beaver) is Abby’s father and wants to reconcile with her now that she’s back on the island.
Chloe Carter (Cameron Richardson) is a sexy flirt who has a strange curiosity about John Wakefield. She’s dating Cal Vandeusen (Adam Campbell), a British outsider who doesn’t know anyone else in the wedding party. He’s a doctor who’s brought an engagement ring with him to the island.
Christopher “Sully” Sullivan (Matt Barr), is Henry’s best man. He’s a frat boy at heart and his best buddies live vicariously through him. Sensitive Danny Brooks (Brandon Jay McLaren) always tries to do the right thing and would love to have a girlfriend. J.D. Dunn (Dean Chekvala) is Henry’s brooding, loner brother who has tattoos all over his body.
Hunter Jennings (Victor Webster) is Trish’s ex and is from a family as wealthy as the Wellingtons. He’s on the island despite not being to the wedding. Marty Dunn (Harry Hamlin), is Henry’s uncle. He loves being the center of attention and hasn’t stopped partying since the ’70s.
Episode 13 – Sigh
The horrific tale comes to an end. Some escape but most die.
First aired: July 11, 2009.
What happened next?
There’s been no news of plans to revive the show. If the series had been picked up for a second season, it would have featured a new mystery and cast.
Series creator Ari Schlossberg wrote, “Harper’s Island was always meant to be a 13 episode storyline. If given a season 2, we were working on another story, with new characters, new location, and new killer. Some of the ideas floating around were: Harper’s Safari, Harper’s Semester At Sea, and my favorite, Harper’s Sorority Row. It would have been fun to cast.”
Behind the Scenes
|•||The titles of the show’s episodes come from the sound that is made when a victim is killed, such as “Thwack,” “Gurgle,” and “Snap.” The series finale’s title is the sound that Henry makes when he dies.|
|•||Castmembers weren’t told the identity of the killer in advance and only found out if or when their character would die when they received their script.|
|•||The killer was always intended to be Henry. Schlossberg said, “We told Chris Gorham he was our killer during the filming of Episode 8. He loved it, but he had tons of questions. We holed up in my hotel room for three hours and I tried my best to piece everything together for him. Our conversation was followed by two more hours on the phone with Exec. Producers Jeff Bell & Dan Shotz.”|
|•||The pre-wedding video that ends the series was shot during the filming of the first episode in August 2008.|
Image courtesy CBS.