Siberia: New NBC Drama for Summer

Siberia TV showNBC has picked up Siberia, a dramatic series that revolves around 16 reality show contestants in a remote location. It will begin airing on July 1st at 10pm.

Here’s their press release:

NBC ACQUIRES ONE-HOUR SERIES “SIBERIA” FROM SIERRA/ENGINE TELEVISION AND INFINITY FILMS

Drama About Reality Show Contestants Uncovering Dark Secrets Set to Premiere July 1

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 20, 2013 – NBC has acquired the one-hour series “Siberia” from Sierra/Engine Television and Oscar-nominated producer Michael Ohoven’s Infinity Films. The series will premiere Monday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET.

“NBC immediately saw the potential in ‘Siberia’ and this acquisition truly exemplifies the quality of this groundbreaking series. We are excited to bring it to their viewers,” said executive producer Chris Philip, who also serves as CEO for Sierra/Engine Television.

“We created the series as a dramatic human experiment shot under difficult conditions and we are thrilled to see it on NBC,” said Ohoven.

“The concept of survival, when mysterious elements are at play, makes for a compelling show,” said Jeff Bader, President, Program Planning, Strategy and Research for NBC Entertainment. “We believe a scripted series that offers an insightful behind-the-scenes view of how a reality concept comes together – especially when things don’t go according to plan – will connect with our audience in a very satisfying way.”

In 1908, a meteor hit deep into the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska. Now, more than 100 years later, 16 contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives, the contestants are met with the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive.

“Siberia” is an Infinity Films Production in association with Sierra/Engine Television and Welldone Productions. Executive producers are Ohoven, Slava Jakovleff and Philip. The series was created by Matthew Arnold. Sierra/Engine Television will handle the worldwide distribution rights for the series and will present it at the May screenings.

Sierra/Engine was represented in the negotiations by Coast Road Media LLC.

In addition to “Siberia,” Sierra/Engine Television also handles the distribution rights to the upcoming NBC series “Crossbones,” starring John Malkovich.

Sierra/Engine Television is a distribution and production venture jointly launched by Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg’s Sierra/Affinity and Chris Philip’s Engine Entertainment. Sierra/Engine combines Sierra/Affinity’s proven international feature film development, financing, sales and distribution capabilities with Engine’s strength as a leading distributor and co-producer of television programming targeted to a global audience. In addition to distributing and co-producing its own content, Sierra/Engine also represents programming from third-party producers across all genres.

Michael Ohoven’s Infinity Films is an entertainment enterprise specializing in the development, production and financing of high quality, commercially driven feature films and television programs. Based in Los Angeles, Infinity brings together the industry’s foremost directors, writers, actors and creative talents from throughout the entertainment industry. It maintains a strong understanding of the evolving domestic and international marketplace for film, television, and new media. Infinity’s objective is to produce exceptional creative properties made with recognizable talent in various genres.

What do you think? Are you curious? Will you give this series a chance?

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  1. WahTzeTuya says

    So, does anyone know if the preempted episode, “Fire In The Sky”, will be bumped to next week?

  2. Sable says

    I’m enjoying this show. It was clear to me from the first that this was a scripted drama/dramedy and that it was not being shot in Siberia. I think it’s good for showing how silly reality tv is. Many of the “characters” seem to have been created to be reminiscent of Lost characters and they are being played as over-the-top archetypes of reality tv contestants. The thing chasing Daniel and Sabine screamed “smoke monster” to me. I find it be a fun little summer tv romp, much as “Burning Love” is on the web.

  3. m. ambrose says

    the at first I thought like was like survivor not knowing it was scripted until things started happen then realized the show is just actors posing like they are playing this game. Im in for watching this different show hope it lasts.

  4. Anonymous says

    it seem real till the ending a then it just tanked.if they said a pack of Russian boar attacked them or a bear .biggest boar recorded was almost 500 pnds .an they will even attack bears. blair witch meets Roanoke to bad it started out good

  5. Why Watch says

    What next, a show where the contestants resort to cannibalism to survive. Enough of this crud already. Just leave the contestants there, no one will miss them; that is truly a reality.

  6. Craig says

    Now we have a show that try to look like reality show. I really hate some of the popular trends in TV this century.

  7. Tha Critic says

    A reality show with a script? Wow, that’s new. Because we all know that reality tv is real (sarcasm).

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