There seems to be a growing interest for summer mini-series in the TV market. One might be inclined to say that the networks are…turning up the heat this summer. You get it? Ok, good, I was a little worried that joke would be too “high concept.”
NBC has picked up the rights to Sierra/Engine’s 13 episode drama Siberia. The series is mostly done with it’s production, so it’ll be ready to air on July 1st at 10 PM.
Siberia is set in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, location of the largest impact event on Earth, the massive 1908 explosion, believed to have been caused by a meteoroid or comet, which knocked down some 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles.
More than 100 years later, 16 reality-show contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past.
When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives the contestants realize that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive.
The series is said to be in the vein of The Blair Witch Project. Given that this is a fake reality tv show, I wonder if they’ll utilize the “found footage” style of filmmaking since the contestants would obviously be dropped in with cameramen. With the inclusion of “mysterious elements” I’m getting a vibe reminiscent of ABC’s The River. It’s certainly an interesting subject matter to explore and I look forward to see what NBC can do with it.