Almost Paradise (TV series)

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Almost Paradise
GenreCrime Drama
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Philippines
Original languagesEnglish
Filipino
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Dean Devlin
  • Gary Rosen
  • Marc Roskin
  • Rachel Olschan-Wilson
Production locationsCebu, Philippines
Running time45 minutes
Production companies[1]
Release
Original networkWGN America (United States)
Kapamilya Channel/Kapamilya Online Live /A2Z (Philippines)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseWGN America:
March 30, 2020 – June 1, 2020
Kapamilya Channel/Kapamilya Online Live/A2Z:
March 21, 2021 – present

Almost Paradise is a Filipino-American crime drama television series produced by Dean Devlin and Gary Rosen.[2] The series is the first American television series to be filmed entirely in the Philippines. It premiered March 30, 2020 on WGN America (now known as NewsNation) in the United States,[3] and in the Philippines, it premiered on March 21, 2021 on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z Channel 11.[4]

Premise[edit]

Former DEA Agent Alex Walker, forced into retirement, moves to the island of Cebu in the Philippines. He purchases the hotel gift shop in the hopes of managing his stress and high blood pressure, but the wealthy and criminal element on the island keep drawing him back into law enforcement.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [6]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [7]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Finding Mabuhay"Marc RoskinDean Devlin & Gary RosenMarch 30, 2020 (2020-03-30)0.220[8]
2"It's Personal"Marc RoskinDean DevlinApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)0.263[9]
3"Reef Eel Soup for the Soul"Francis Dela TorreTy Freer & Nick KeetchApril 13, 2020 (2020-04-13)0.188[10]
4"Pistol Whip"Dan VillegasCalvin SloanApril 20, 2020 (2020-04-20)0.226[11]
5"Unbecalming"Milan TodorovicKerry GloverApril 27, 2020 (2020-04-27)0.207[12]
6"Rise of the Kalangay"[13]Hannah Espia-FarbovaSean PresantMay 4, 2020 (2020-05-04)0.198[14]
7"Uncle Danny"[13]Francis Dela TorreGary RosenMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)0.227[15]
8"Lone Wolf"[13]Irene Emma VillamoreTy Freer & Nick KeetchMay 18, 2020 (2020-05-18)0.259[16]
9"A Wedding to Die For"Hannah Espia-FarbovaCalvin SloanMay 25, 2020 (2020-05-25)0.210[17]
10"Something Walker This Way Comes"Dean DevlinSean PresantJune 1, 2020 (2020-06-01)0.249[18]

Production[edit]

Almost Paradise is the first American television series to be shot entirely in the Philippines. The said show also boasts of an all-Filipino staff and crew, and were assisted by Cebu locals for their shoot.[1][19]

It was first announced in September 2019 that ABS-CBN will be venturing into Hollywood production for the US film and TV outfit Electric Entertainment which is headed by Filipino-American producer Dean Devlin with a soon-to-air U.S. crime series, set in Cebu and will air in the United States via the cable company, WGN America. It is ABS-CBN's first foray into Hollywood television production.[20] The series’ production in Bigfoot Soundstage Cebu began filming in November 2019.

Dean mentioned in an interview on June 4, 2020 that WGN will not renew it for a second season, but has mentioned an unnamed streaming platform that's willing to help by letting all of the episodes be streamed online to gauge public response for another season.[21] On January 19, 2021 it was announced that series was streaming online on Amazon/IMDb's IMDb TV streaming service. All episodes of the show will be available on demand starting February 1.[22]

The show is distributed by Electric Entertainment in Europe, South America and the Middle East.[23]

Release[edit]

On January 19, 2020 the first trailer was released along with the announcement that the series would premiere on March 30, 2020.[3]

International broadcast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ABS-CBN and Electric Entertainment's "Almost Paradise" makes PH debut on Sunday". ABS-CBN Corporation. March 16, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2019). "WGN America Acquires 'Almost Paradise' Drama Series From Electric Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Jacobs, Meredith (January 19, 2020). "Christian Kane Is Trying to Avoid Stress in 'Almost Paradise' (VIDEO)". TV Insider. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "'Together as One in 2021': Here are ABS-CBN's upcoming shows, offerings". ABS-CBN News. December 21, 2020. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Pederson, Erik (November 11, 2019). "'Almost Paradise': WGN America Drama Rounds Out Cast As Production Begins". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Almost Paradise – Episode Guide". Zap2It. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "Almost Paradise – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 31, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.30.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 7, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.6.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 14, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.13.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 21, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.20.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 28, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.27.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Giordano, Michael; Canton, Maj. "WGN America ALMOST PARADISE: Interview w Christian Kane, Samantha Richelle, Dean Devlin + Overview". TV Tango. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 5, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.4.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 11, 2020). "Updated: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.11.2020 | Showbuzz Daily". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 19, 2020). "Updated: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.18.2020 | Showbuzz Daily". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 25, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  18. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 1, 2020). "Updated: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  19. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 30, 2020). "'Almost Paradise's Dean Devlin Goes Back To His Roots With First-Ever American TV Series Shot In The Philippines". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "ABS-CBN ventures into Hollywood TV production with Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment". ABS-CBN Corporation. March 16, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  21. ^ https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/almost-paradise-season-two-series-not-returning-to-wgn-america-but/
  22. ^ "Amazon's AVOD streamer IMDb TV visits 'Almost Paradise' with Electric Entertainment". TBI Vision. January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  23. ^ https://senalnews.com/en/content/electric-entertainment-reaches-global-deals-for-almost-paradise
  24. ^ News, ABS-CBN (2020-12-21). "'Together as One in 2021': Here are ABS-CBN's upcoming shows, offerings". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2020-12-29.

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