Five titles likely to generate buzz at MIPCOM 2008
From executive producer J.J. Abrams comes this timely, cutting-edge thriller about the perils of modern science. When an international flight lands in Boston with no signs of life, an FBI investigator (Anna Torv) recruits a brilliant, long-institutionalized doctor (John Nobel, "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) and his estranged son (Joshua Jackson, "Dawson's Creek") to unravel a mystery -- one that eventually leads to a multibillion dollar corporation that will go to any lengths to to protect its "investment."
Warner Bros. International Television
"Life on Mars"
Based on the BAFTA-winning series of the same name, this quirky drama features an all-star cast that includes veteran film star Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") and Gretchen Mol (2007's "3:10 to Yuma") in the story of Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), a New York city detective who finds himself transported back in time to 1973. At a loss without modern amenities like his cell phone or a computer, Sam finds himself battling criminals on the streets of NYC while simultaneously adapting to a Watergate-era cultural landscape he barely understands.
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
"My Own Worst Enemy"
With a pilot directed by "Heroes" helmer David Semel, this hourlong drama stars Christian Slater as Henry, a mild-mannered suburban husband and father with a dark secret: He's also a trained killer. Despite his best efforts to keep Edward -- his dangerous alter ego -- in check, the two personalities begin to overlap, thrusting both Henry and Edward into situations in which each is woefully underprepared.
NBC Universal International Television Distribution
"Dead Space: Downfall"
When an ancient religious artifact is discovered by the crew of a deep-space mining ship, it unleashes a bloodthirsty, long-dormant alien race intent on ripping apart -- and taking over -- every human onboard. With a story and characters based on the highly anticipated Electronic Arts video game "Dead Space," this action-packed feature is likely to appeal to both gamers and anime fans.
From executive producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah ( "Freaks and Geeks") and "Gossip Girl" director Mark Piznarski comes this contemporary spinoff of the wildly popular '90s drama "Beverly Hills, 90210." The new "90210" follows Kansas transplants Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes, "Degrassi: The Next Generation") and her brother, Dixon (Tristan Wilds, "The Wire"), as they make an awkward adjustment to life in Beverly Hills -- a situation made all the worse by the fact that their father has taken a job as the high school principal.
CBS Paramount International Television