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January 11, 2019

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The "Passage" in the title of a new series could refer to a young character's rite of passage, but it actually means more than that. Based on Justin Cronin's book trilogy of the same name, "The Passage" is one of the new year's first new television dramas as Fox premieres it Monday, Jan. 14. With filmmaker Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Blade Runner") among its executive producers, the show returns Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("NYPD Blue," "Saved by the Bell") to weekly work as a federal agent assigned to transport a young test subject (Saniyya Sidney, "Fences") for Project Noah, a secret operation involving a virus that either could save or destroy the human race. The agent ultimately comes to feel more responsible for the youngster than even he expected, going on the run with her while mankind's fate hangs in the balance. Jamie McShane ("Bloodline," "Sons of Anarchy"), Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage") and Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost," "The 100") also are among stars of the saga. A co-producer of the series, author Cronin reports that film rights to his "Passage" novels were purchased more than a decade ago. "Adapting it for an entirely different medium that has a different toolbox, it has different things that it can do," he reasons, "and things that it can't do that I can do. For that reason, I'm completely agnostic on this. I'm really excited by what they're doing. I didn't write a novel where people would read the book for an hour and then not read it again for a week ... so the rhythms are completely different, the constraints are different and the requirements are different." Also an executive producer of the show, Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield," "War for the Planet of the Apes") was attached to direct a movie version when he suggested that the Scott Free production company make it as a TV series instead. "Literally, they laughed at me and said, 'No, no, no, no, no, no, no,' " he recalls, "and that's because they had spent a lot of money to try and do (feature-film) drafts. And I was like, 'No, no. Really.' It was just that the story is so massive and so beautiful." Gosselaar says of his "Passage" involvement, "What hooked me was the relationship with Amy (played by Sidney). I have a 12-year-old daughter, so I can relate. For me, that was the heart of the story." Young co-star Sidney notes she's been learning a lot from working with TV veteran Gosselaar: "When I act and I'm with him, it feels wonderful, just being able to play a girl that really needs someone, it's really that whatever Amy's going through, I'm going through. So I need Mark-Paul, always." Mankind's fate may rest with one youngster in 'The Passage' BY JAY BOBBIN Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Saniyya Sidney star in "The Passage," premiering Monday on Fox. January 12 - 18, 2019 2 KINGSPORT (TN) TIMES NEWS cover story this week "90210" A new cast of characters populated the exclusive zip code of the show's title, but it still offered the same heavy doses of love triangles, romance and ridiculous behavior as the original. The fact that it managed to last five seasons proved it did something right – at least in the eyes of viewers. "Doctor Who" Though the original series went away with little fanfare in 1989, the reboot came back with a roar, with much- improved special effects and more gripping tales of the time-traveling Doctor and his TARDIS. "Fuller House" A heavy dose of nostalgia for the original 1987-95 series helps sustain this Netflix comedy about the further adventures of D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy (Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber), now adults with children and living together in the original Tanner home in San Francisco. "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" The four episodes from this 2016 dramedy put a satisfying coda to the original 2000-07 series with the much-anticipated wedding of Luke and Lorelai and the mending of fences among three generations of Gilmore women. "The Office" One of the few cases where the reboot was arguably superior to the original, this 2005-13 comedy about the antics of the staff of Dunder-Mifflin Paper Co. of Scranton, Pa., made stars of Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer. "Twin Peaks: The Return" Still weird after all these years, David Lynch's series about the eccentric citizens of a Washington State lumber town returned after 27 years and centered on storylines connected through FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). 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