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Reunion: Killer’s Identity Revealed for Cancelled Fox Show

The short-lived show Reunion, created by Jon Harmon Feldman (who also created the prematurely cancelled 2003-05 series, Tru Calling), centers on the lives of six friends. The show premiered with the murder of one of the friends at a 20-year high school reunion. The series then followed the criminal investigation in the present, while flashing back to the characters’ past — one episode covering one year of their lives, starting with 1986 and working forward to the present.

To date, nine episodes have aired and 13 have been produced. Production was halted after the show was cancelled and its 13 episode original order (up to 1998, eight years before the murder happened) were completed.

Reunion castAs a result, viewers were left hanging. Creator Feldman said that, because of the nature of the show, it was unlikely that the killer of Alexa Davalos’ character “Samantha” would ever be revealed.

In December, Feldman said “The show was intricately plotted over 22 episodes to tell the full story of our characters’ lives (and deaths). Because the events of Samantha’s murder are partially reliant on characters we haven’t yet met — and events we haven’t yet seen — there is no way to solve the mystery of her murder without being able to complete the full arc of our story through present-day.”

Despite an outpouring of fan support, it doesn’t look like the show will be resurrected but a FOX executive has given a clue as to the identity of who the killer was (probably) going to be.

At the recent Television Critics Association press tour, FOX Entertainment president Peter Ligouri discussed the show’s premature finish. Ligouri shared, “Reunion was particularly cumbersome in terms of trying to provide an ending for the audience. How [creator Jon Harmon Feldman] was laying out the show to gap those additional years was an incredibly complex path. There were a number of options, and he didn’t make a definitive decision on which option he was going to go with as to who the killer was, and there was just no way to accelerate that time.”

He went on to say that the network and the show’s writers talked about several options for the killer’s identity, but “the best guess was (at that particular time) that it was going to be Sam’s daughter,” whom she had given up for adoption in the first episodes. The exact reason for the murder remains a mystery.

Despite the show’s failure to find an audience (averaging 4.3 million viewers), Ligouri said FOX won’t shy away from trying unique forms of storytelling in the future.

“It is regrettable when stories end before their time. I don’t think that should stop us from being ambitious with serialized storytelling. We put these shows on and we’re going to continue to put these shows on every year with every good intention to end them, but eventually the audience votes.” TV Series Finale home page

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Kristin December 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Where can I watch remaining unaired episodes?

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taylor April 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

you can watch them on youtube, search reunion and the episodes 1×10-1×13. They are in ten minute parts but are all there. I just watched, its worth a watch except for the last minute ugh.

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HMMM November 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I wonder why they say that Amy was the one killing Samantha, it does not at all make any sense since she and Will went to Maine to see Amy in episode 13 and was told by the Sheriffs office that both Meghan and Amy died in a fire 7-8 months earlier…hmm
I am disappointed that they had to shut this amazing show and cancel it when you think about that there are so much BS out there…! sigh

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wanda November 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Just watched the 13th episode and really enjoyed it and wish it had continued so many questions unanswered. I google it to see if I could find out the ending. Some say Sam’s daughter accidently shoots her but Sam isn’t dead. They call Russell Brewster, thinking Sam is dead. Russell comes to help out and suffocates her when he sees Sam is still breathing.

It is said the reason he kills her because he finds out that his daughter in-law had an affair with Will.

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