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'The 4400' Dwindles to One

(Posted August 25, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( After a successful six-episode first-season run in the summer of 2004, USA Network's "The 4400" closes out its second, 13-episode season on Sunday, Aug. 28, with "Mommy's Bosses."

It's essentially the conclusion of a two-part storyline that began last week with "The Fifth Page." That episode marked the return of season-one star Peter Coyote as Dennis Ryland, head of the National Threat Assessment Command, which monitors the 4,400 abductees, taken over the course of decades, who were returned -- without having aged, but with strange abilities -- on a lakeside in a ball of light.

In the Aug. 21 episode, many of the 4400 came down with a strange, debilitating disease. NTAC agents Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) and Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie), who's also the adopted mother of clairvoyant 4400 child Maia Rutledge (Conchita Campbell), came to fear that government actions caused the malady.

According to executive producer Ira Steven Behr, who co-wrote the last two episodes with Craig Sweeney, this was only the beginning.

"We're going out with a bit of a bang," he says of "Mommy's Bosses." "There with be much smoking out of people's computers. We end this season with five different moments, that each alone would be enough to have people go, 'What the hell does that mean?'

"It's almost too much. We had to end it in act three of the second hour, because we needed the rest of the time to do the 'Holy mother...' kind of thing."

Before "The 4400," Behr was a writer and producer for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," the second of the "Trek" sequels and the last one to air in syndication. Over its seven seasons, it also garnered the reputation as the most complex of the "Trek" series, weaving together themes of racism, religion, war and politics.

"As 'The 4400' goes on," Behr says, "and breathes and takes on an identity, the truth is, it's coming to resemble 'Deep Space Nine' more than I ever thought possible, which is going to be a good thing for some people and not such a good thing for other people.

Source: Zap2it

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