Almost Paradise (TV series)

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Almost Paradise
GenreCrime Drama
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Philippines
Original languagesEnglish
Filipino
Cebuano
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/ /A2Z (Philippines)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseWGN America:
March 30, 2020 – June 1, 2020
Kapamilya Channel/Kapamilya Online Live/A2Z:
March 21, 2021 – May 23, 2021

Almost Paradise is a American-Filipino 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]
After being betrayed by his ex-partner, ex-DEA agent Alex Walker moves to an island in the Philippines for his heath. Despite his doctor's orders, he falls back into his undercover ways to help the local police with a drug sting operation.
2"It's Personal"Marc RoskinDean DevlinApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)0.263[9]
The body of Ernesto's friend washes up on shore. Alex goes undercover with Kai to catch smugglers while Detective Alamares tracks down the murderer.
3"Reef Eel Soup for the Soul"Francis Dela TorreTy Freer & Nick KeetchApril 13, 2020 (2020-04-13)0.188[10]
Alex goes undercover to stop mobsters from shaking down local street food vendors and discovers that the situation is far worse than he expected.
4"Pistol Whip"Dan VillegasCalvin SloanApril 20, 2020 (2020-04-20)0.226[11]
A reality TV show crew arrives to explore sunken World War II battlegrounds and Alex gets involved in an illicit diving operation.
5"Unbecalming"Milan TodorovicKerry GloverApril 27, 2020 (2020-04-27)0.207[12]
A typhoon hits the island and criminals their hostages get trapped at the police station. Alex has to find a way to help his friends as well as a US bureaucrat there to work with an arms dealer.
6"Rise of the Kalangay"[13]Hannah Espia-FarbovaSean PresantMay 4, 2020 (2020-05-04)0.198[14]
Alex works to solve a murder before a celebrated detective, but things tie back to the murder of Kai's mother, fifteen years earlier.
7"Uncle Danny"[13]Francis Dela TorreGary RosenMay 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)0.227[15]
Uncle Danny, Alex's con-artist relative, comes to the island and Alex is caught between protecting Danny from the police and mafia... and protecting the island from his uncle.
8"Lone Wolf"[13]Irene Emma VillamoreTy Freer & Nick KeetchMay 18, 2020 (2020-05-18)0.259[16]
When a country singer Alex loves comes to town, Alex takes a job protecting him. The singer is kidnapped and Alex has to figure out who is behind the crime.
9"A Wedding to Die For"Hannah Espia-FarbovaCalvin SloanMay 25, 2020 (2020-05-25)0.210[17]
Kai goes undercover at a triad boss wedding. Alex gets dragged into things when a wedding party member is murdered.
10"Something Walker This Way Comes"Dean DevlinSean PresantJune 1, 2020 (2020-06-01)0.249[18]
Alex' old partner and daughter both show up on the island, and Alex must protect his daughter from his ex-partner.

Production[edit]

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

It was announced in September 2019 that ABS-CBN would be venturing into Hollywood television production for the U.S. film and TV producers Electric Entertainment, which is headed by Filipino-American producer Dean Devlin. A U.S. crime series set in Cebu, Almost Paradise aired in the United States via the cable company WGN America.[20] The series began filming at Bigfoot Soundstage Cebu in November 2019.

Devlin mentioned in an interview on June 4, 2020 that WGN would not renew the show for a second season, but mentioned an unnamed streaming platform willing stream all of the episodes to gauge public response for another season.[21] On January 19, 2021 it was announced that Almost Paradise was streaming online on Amazon/IMDb's IMDb TV streaming service. All episodes of the show were made available on demand as of February 1, 2021.[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. Archived from the original on April 1, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on April 7, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on April 21, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on May 5, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 25, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on May 29, 2020. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  18. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 1, 2020). "Updated: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. 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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