is an American science fiction television series
that aired on ABC
for only one season beginning in September 2005. Somewhat similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers
, the show told the story of the aftermath of a hurricane
in which water-based extraterrestrials
infiltrate a small Florida
town and begin to take over the bodies of the town's inhabitants through a cloning process (first by merging with and then unknowingly replacing them). The show was produced by Shaun Cassidy Productions
and Warner Bros. Television
Due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the aftermath in the southern United States, early on-air promotions were quickly pulled by ABC. The advertising then switched emphasis completely to the alien invasion aspect of the series, while the hurricane received no mention. The premiere was also preceded with a warning that the show featured images of a fictional hurricane that viewers could be sensitive to.
Cast and characters
According to Nielsen Ratings
, the series premiere was able to attract 17 million viewers from another ABC show, Lost
. After the 10th episode, the series lost a total of 7 million viewers over nine episodes with the November 30, 2005 episode garnering only 10 million. In order to get the viewers back in for the 2nd half of 2005-2006 TV season, the show was put on hiatus until January 11, 2006, and it was replaced with another show already scheduled for cancellation, Alias
For the episodes shown on January 11th, 18th, and 25th the Nielsen Ratings only reached 9.7 million, 9 million and 9.3 million. It had lost nearly half of the first episode's audience and was way behind CBS's CSI: NY, which had 13.7 million, 15.5 million and 14.9 million for the same period. The show was then put on hiatus for the second time, during which time it was replaced with The Evidence.
Some fans of Invasion have attributed poor handling on the part of ABC as one reason for the show's continued problems, citing two hiatuses and a three-week break all within one season—periods in which no repeats were aired. Throughout the show's run, these incidents became a topic of speculation and concern among its fanbase.
Cancellation and petition
Following cancellation of the series by ABC, there were reports that Invasion
might move to The CW
for the 2006-2007 season. However, in May 2006, the CW had not picked up Invasion
for its 2006-2007 program lineup. Lead actors William Fichtner and Eddie Cibrian have moved to other series, making it highly unlikely that Invasion
would return anytime soon. While Fichtner joined the cast of FOX
's Prison Break
, Cibrian has appeared in various series and projects that, like Invasion
, have each been on ABC—most recently in a recurring role on the network's Ugly Betty
Fans of the series began a campaign to revive it through web sites and forums, including an online petition, letter writing campaign, and the mailing of water bottles to ABC and other prospective networks.
In the "August 14-20, 2006" issue of TV Guide
, actor Tyler Labine (who played the character Dave Groves) relayed what creator Shaun Cassidy had planned for the following season, saying that Cassidy had said, "Larkin was going to be presumed dead. Russel and I were going to join forces against Tom. Tom was going to find out that his first wife was alive and running this whole military operation, and she was Szura's boss."
The soundtrack will be available October 21, 2008 at moviescoremedia.com
. The album features more than 60 minutes of carefully selected tracks from the series.
Warner Home Video
has released the entire series on DVD for the very first time in Region 1 & Region 2.
||Additional Information |
|The Complete Series
|| August 22 2006
|| September 4, 2006
|| This 6 disc box set includes all 22 episodes of the series and 50 minutes of extras: a documentary, invading the mind of Shaun Cassidy, plus the gag reel and over 12 deleted scenes from several episodes of the series. |