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The Pretender: New Plans for Reviving the Adventures

The PretenderWhen original Pretender adventures disappeared from the airwaves in 2001, fans were still left with a lot of questions. Fortunately, the show’s creators haven’t forgotten about them and are working on a way to bring the series back, albeit in a different form.

The Pretender debuted on September 19, 1996 and aired for four seasons on NBC. In the series, Michael T. Weiss plays the lead character, a beyond-genius “Pretender” named Jarod. As a young boy, Jarod was abducted from his parents and trained by The Centre to be able to flawlessly integrate himself into any profession or lifestyle. As an adult, Jarod discovers that the organization is using him for no good and he escapes. Jarod travels the country trying to help those in need while managing to stay a step ahead of his captors. When the series ended on May 13, 2000 after four seasons, it looked like Jarod, Miss Parker (Andrea Parker), and Ethan (guest Tyler Christopher) didn’t survive a huge train explosion.

Fortunately, the cliffhanger was later resolved. The Pretender was picked up for syndication and ran successfully on cable station TNT. That success paved the way for two television movies that aired in January and December 2001. When the second movie ended, there were still many questions left unanswered. Fans petitioned for more TV movies but they didn’t happen.

Pretender creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle have long said that the show was a labor of love and that they’re interested in continuing the Pretender story. A few months ago, the creators suggested that the show might be continued online.

In a recent interview with Sci Fi Wire, Mitchell and Van Sickle shared a few more details. “We created the show The Pretender, and we’re working on bringing that back in a whole new form, in a digital form and in a digital platform,” Mitchell shared. This would allow viewers to be able to tap into more information and be able to follow the progress of the new stories.

A new format doesn’t mean however that they’re forsaking the series’ star or the existing Pretender storylines. Van Sickle notes, “We had breakfast with Michael… he just finished up a play out here in New York. I guess kind of the best thing we can say is that we have a timetable of within, hopefully, the next five or six months that we can have something really unique and different out there.” Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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Joe September 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

I really hope that most of the original cast of the pretender come back and reboot the series onto primetime network.


Mark February 28, 2014 at 2:19 am

Ok, almost seven years later, are they going to do it or not?


Vania July 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

It’s coming back! Check out this facebook page and join the fans on twitter next friday at 2pm. The creators will be announcing how the Pretender is coming back july 19th.


Jazzi May 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

PLEASE bring back the series, or at least make a comic book- just something so that we can figure out how it all truly ends!!!


Pamela Courie March 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE finish the show! It is a GREAT show! Don’t leave us hanging any longer.


Debbie January 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Please bring back. Love Jarod’s character. Love the plot of the series and love Michael T. Wiess.


Talana July 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Please bring it back I stayed up late night watching all of them again. I need to know what happened. I love this show but only if the original cast would come back. It just wouldn’t be the same if different people were playing there roles.


Teresa March 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

Please make PRETENDER: ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED on DVD SO I CAN BUY IT AT REASONABLE PRICE. I’m on a tight budget since my husband passed away. But I would buy the DVD at a REASONABLE PRICE. THANKS. GOD BLESS YOU!!!


Anonymous July 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

it is on dvd, both movies are just search and you can order t over the internet


Dzejna September 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

The best series/movie that I EVER watched! This article is almost 4 years old.. :( Please, give us some sort of closure, any kind… It isn’t fair, this is not the way how you treat your fans!! And our favorite cast is getting older… It wouldn’t be the same without all of them….


Jen August 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

please bring the tv series back, or at least end the series. If brought back nothing but the original cast would do for me.


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