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THE DEAD ZONE, the hit series starring Anthony Michael Hall (“61*,” “The Pirates of Silicon

Valley,” “Sixteen Candles”), launches its sixth broadcast season on USA Network Sunday,

June 17 at 10:00PM/9:00 Central. Based on characters from the Stephen King novel, the

powerful drama returns with intriguing stories and surprising new twists.

Produced by Lionsgate and CBS Paramount International Television in association with

Piller/Segan, THE DEAD ZONE is a psychological thriller blending action, romance, the

paranormal and a continuing quest for justice. Hall stars as Johnny Smith, a man injured in a

near-fatal car crash, who emerges from a six-year coma with psychic powers that allow him to

see into the past and future through visions triggered by touch.

The ensemble cast includes Nicole deBoer (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) as Johnny’s former

fiancée, Sarah; Chris Bruno (“Another World”) as Sarah’s husband, Sheriff Walt Bannerman;

Connor Price (“Cinderella Man”) as Sarah and Walt’s son, J.J. Bannerman; John L. Adams

(“Pacific Blue”) as Johnny’s best friend Bruce; Sean Patrick Flanery (“Dead Lawyers”) as

Johnny’s archenemy, Greg Stillson; Martin Donovan (“Weeds”) as Malcolm Janus, the

mastermind behind Stillson’s rise to national power; and David Ogden Stiers (“Curse of the Jade

Scorpion”) as ambitious televangelist Reverend Purdy. Cara Buono (“The Sopranos”) joins the

cast as Anna Turner, Cleaves Mills’ newest law enforcement officer.

As the new season opens, Johnny (Hall) is enjoying the company of his extended family when

he’s rocked by the first in a series of visions involving friends in peril. Walt (Bruno) is

preoccupied with an investigation he’s been concealing from everyone including Sarah

(deBoer), who is now six months pregnant and very concerned about her husband’s secretive

behavior. Greg Stillson (Flanery), has been launched onto the national scene by Malcolm

Janus (Donovan) and is now Vice President of the United States. Janus is trying to keep a tight

rein on Stillson and Reverend Gene Purdy (Stiers), who is chafing against the demands of the

Stillson camp to continue promoting their agenda through his ministry.

Purdy’s open defiance of Janus’ orders leads to a shocking tragedy and dramatic changes in all

aspects of Johnny’s life. His personal relationships are shaken up by unexpected

circumstances, including the arrival of Anna Turner (Buono), a law enforcement officer who

dismisses his psychic abilities. He is also faced with the prospect of losing his best friend Bruce

(Adams), who is considering a job offer in another state. Most importantly, Johnny stops seeing

visions of Armageddon when he shakes Stillson’s hand. Questioning his own abilities but still

convinced that Stillson is dangerous, Johnny struggles to deal with an uncertain future.


THE DEAD ZONE / Season Six Lead Release – Page 2

Johnny’s visions are rendered through fast motion, slow motion and freeze frame photography,

enhanced by cutting-edge digital effects and masterful editing. These powerful visual

sequences propel the stories, adding mystery, suspense and emotional impact. The series’

visual effects are produced by Stargate Digital Studios. Joe Lomba is visual effects producer

and Jaison Stritch is visual effects supervisor.

THE DEAD ZONE was created for television by acclaimed writer-producer Michael Piller (“Star

Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) and his son,

Shawn Piller (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Wildfire,” “Greek”). Executive producers are

Lloyd Segan (“The Bachelor,” “Wildfire,” “Greek”), Shawn Piller and Scott Shepherd (“Tru

Calling,” “Angela’s Eyes,” “North Shore”). Anthony Michael Hall and Stefani Deoul are


On June 5, Lionsgate will release all 11 episodes from the fifth season of THE DEAD ZONE on

DVD in “The Dead Zone: The Complete Fifth Season.” The 3-disc set is packed with special

features including deleted scenes as well as audio commentaries on “Independence Day,”

“Articles of Faith,” “Revelations” and the season finale, “The Hunting Party.” The set also

contains exclusively produced featurettes, including “A Day with JLA," a guided tour of a typical

day on set with series star John L. Adams, and “The Other Side of the Camera," which explores

the directorial debuts of Chris Bruno and John L. Adams on the show.

Explore the world of Johnny Smith and the rest of the Cleaves Mills clan at the official site of

THE DEAD ZONE. Devoted viewers of the show get an in-depth look at the entire series run

with detailed episode guides, character profiles and downloadable show scripts. Behind the

scenes interviews with the actors and weekly blogs by the writers and producers allow fans a

glimpse into the creative process, while the site's active community forum houses detailed

discussions of the on- and off-screen doings at THE DEAD ZONE. To visit the site, log on to

For photos of THE DEAD ZONE, please log on to the NBC Universal Media Village at


Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning the 2006 Best

Picture Academy Award® for Crash, generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic

theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and producing a broad

slate of prime time television series for fiscal 2007. It is a premier producer and distributor of motion

pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand

content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than 10,000 titles is a valuable source of stable,

recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate

brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.


THE DEAD ZONE / Season Six Lead Release – Page 3

CBS Paramount International Television

CBS Paramount International Television is one of the most diverse suppliers of current and library

programming to the international television marketplace featuring drama, comedy, talk, court, game

shows, entertainment news, news and movies of the week from a catalog of over 70,000 hours of

programming. The slate of programming comes from CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS

Paramount Domestic Television, King World Productions, CBS News and Spelling Television, and can be

seen in over 200 countries and in more than 30 languages. Additionally, the Division is involved in the

development and production of television programming customized for the international marketplace and

producing product with international partners. CBS Paramount International Television is a unit of CBS

Paramount Television, a division of CBS Corporation.

USA Network

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and

entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 basic cable

network across the board in 2006, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. The USA Network

Web site is located at Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the

world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of

entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.


SIXTH SEASON PREMIERE: Sunday, June 17, 2007

AIRS: Sundays at 10:00PM/9:00 Central


FORMAT/GENRE: One-hour sci-fi drama

PREMISE: One-hour drama about a man who awakens from a sixyear

coma with psychic powers that allow him to see into

the past and future through visions triggered by touch.

CAST: Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith

Nicole deBoer as Sarah Bannerman

Cara Buono as Anna Turner

Sean Patrick Flanery as Greg Stillson

David Ogden Stiers as Reverend Gene Purdy

Chris Bruno as Sheriff Walt Bannerman

John L. Adams as Bruce Lewis

Connor Price as J.J. Bannerman

Martin Donovan as Malcolm Janus

CREATED BY: Michael Piller, Shawn Piller

PRODUCED BY: Lionsgate and CBS Paramount International Television in

association with Piller/Segan.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd


PRODUCERS: Anthony Michael Hall

Stefani Deoul

Madeleine Henrie

CONSULTING PRODUCERS: Ann Lewis Hamilton, Richard Hatem

Based on characters from the Stephen King novel ‘The Dead Zone.’


Cast Biography

Anthony Michael Hall serves as producer and stars as Johnny Smith in the sixth season of the

USA Network original series THE DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at

10:00PM/9:00 Central.

Hall first gained the adoration of the public in the 80’s classics “Sixteen Candles,” “The

Breakfast Club” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Hall has successfully made the transition

from a teen icon to a versatile and well-respected actor.

Hall has recently wrapped production on the feature film “Aftermath.” Hall served as both actor

and producer on the independent murder/thriller, which also features Chris Penn, Tony Danza

and Frank Whaley.

In 1999, Hall gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of Bill Gates in the Emmy- nominated TNT

original movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” opposite Noah Wyle. In 2001, he appeared in

“Caveman’s Valentine,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the film “Freddy Got Fingered.”

He also co-starred as the legendary lefty pitcher ‘Whitey Ford’ in Billy Crystal’s multi-Emmy

nominated “*61” for HBO.

Additionally, Hall has appeared in “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Edward Scissorhands,” the

original USA movie “Hitched” and “Hysteria: The Def Leopard Story” for VH1. He was also a

cast member of “Saturday Night Live” for two years, where he is still the youngest cast member

in the history of the show.

In the Summer of 2003, Hall appeared on-stage in the critically acclaimed, off-Broadway play

“The Exonerated” at the Bleeker Street Theatre in New York. Written by Jessica Blank and Erik

Jensen, the script, which is read on-stage by a group of actors, was created by reconstructing

interviews of inmates who had been exonerated from death sentences.

He is also committed to aiding at-risk youth through his literacy program, The Anthony Michael

Hall Literacy Club, in association with Chapman University. The program provides tutoring and

literacy sessions to youth at the nearby Orange High School and Cambridge Elementary. The

program has been highly successful, with 80 percent of the first set of high school seniors going

on to college. Hall has also hosted a small festival of his films to raise funds for the program.

Hall currently resides in Los Angeles with his boxer, Rey Dog.


Cast Biography

Nicole deBoer stars as Sarah Bannerman in the sixth season of the USA Network original

series THE DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at 10:00PM/9:00 Central.

deBoer began her acting career in her native Toronto. She was a series regular in a number of

Canadian shows, such as the CBC drama “9B” and “Dooley Gardens.” She was also a regular

on the USA Network original series “Beyond Reality” and Sci Fi’s first original dramatic series,

“Mission: Genesis.” deBoer is best known for her role as Ensign/Lieutenant Ezri Dax in the

seventh and final season of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

deBoer’s film credits include starring in both “Cube” (Toronto Film Festival 1997) and as Charlie

Sheen’s wife in the Showtime film “Rated X,” with Sheen and Emilio Estevez. deBoer also

appeared in the independent film “Home Invasion” and “5 Days to Midnight” starring opposite

Timothy Hutton. Her most recent film credits include the role of Bonnie in “Public Domain” and

the seductive assassin Madame Madame in “Phil the Alien,” which was well received at the

2004 Toronto Film Festival. Most recently, de Boer starred in the 2006 Lifetime movie "Ties

That Bind."


Cast Biography

Cara Buono stars as Anna Turner in the sixth season of the USA Network original series THE

DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at 10:00PM/9:00 Central.

Buono has had a career that has spanned every corner of film and television. From writing to

directing to producing, she has had her hands in every aspect of the process – and still the best

is yet to come.

Buono was last seen starring in the independent feature “Artie Lange’s Beer League.” Prior to

that, she was seen in “The Hulk” directed by Ang Lee. Most of her film work has been in the

independent world in such features as “Next Stop Wonderland,” “Happy Accidents,” “River Red,”

“Two Ninas (winner Audience Award GenArt Film Festival), “Chutney Popcorn” (winner

Audience Award Berlin Film Festival), and Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming.”

She has appeared on Broadway in “The Rose Tattoo,” opposite Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony

LaPaglia and directed by Bob Falls; “Some Americans Abroad,” directed by Roger Michel; and

“The Tenth Man,” directed by Ulu Grosbard. She returned to the off-Broadway stage in “Good

Thing,” directed by Jo Bonney.

As a writer, Buono co-wrote “When the Cat’s Away” for Miramax films with director Brad

Anderson. She wrote and directed the short film “Baggage,” starring Minnie Driver and Liev

Schreiber, as well as “Another Complex,” starring Gil Bellows. She also adapted F. Scott

Fitzgerald’s first novel “This Side of Paradise” for Miramax Films.

Buono debuted in episode nine of the last season of “The Sopranos,” and returns as a series

regular this season as Michael Imperioli’s pregnant wife, Kelli. She was a series regular on

“Third Watch” for the 2004-2005 season, playing paramedic Grace Foster.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Buono attended Columbia University where she earned a degree

in english literature and political theory in three years. Her name means good face (Buono in

Italian is good and Cara in Spanish is face). Although a Bronx native, she is a Mets fan.


Cast Biography

Sean Patrick Flanery guest stars as Greg Stillson in the sixth season of the USA Network

original series THE DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at 10:00PM/9:00 Central.

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Flanery attended the University of St.

Thomas to study for a business degree. While there, he began doing theater and discovered

his passion for acting. Upon graduation, Flanery relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his career

and, within a year, he began working in film and television.

Flanery was first discovered by audiences as the title character in George Lucas’ acclaimed

ABC television series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” Flanery, who was handpicked out

of thousands of actors to star as the young adventurer, traveled all over the world to shoot the

series, which continues to be hugely successful overseas. Flanery also starred in Joel Silver’s

drama “The Strip,” as well as Showtime’s Emmy®-Award winning film “Run the Wild Fields.”

Most recently, he guest-starred in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Flanery received rave reviews for his compelling and insightful performance as “Powder” in the

Hollywood Pictures’ fantasy drama of the same name. He starred in New Line’s ensemble

drama “Body Shots” and was also seen opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Mark Tarlov’s

romantic comedy “Simply Irresistible” for 20th Century Fox. His other film credits include Live

Entertainment’s “Suicide Kings” with Jay Mohr and Christopher Walken, “The Grass Harp,”

“Frank and Jesse” and “Best Men” opposite Drew Barrymore. He also appeared in the

suspense thriller “D-Tox” starring Sylvester Stallone for Imagine Entertainment and Universal


Flanery, who also races cars, resides in Los Angeles.


Production Biography

Lloyd Segan serves as executive producer on the sixth season of the USA Network original

series THE DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at 10:00PM/9:00 Central.

Segan and his partner, Shawn Piller, are also executive producers of the popular ABC Family

drama “Wildfire,” which recently concluded its third season and has been renewed for season

four, as well that network’s new series “Greek,” which is set to debut in July.

In early 2006, Piller/Segan signed an overall first-look deal with Lionsgate Television after

many successful years working together. They currently have several projects in development.

On the feature side, Segan, in concert with his partners, completed the feature film “Bickford

Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas,” a college comedy produced in conjunction with the Weitz Brothers

(“American Pie,” “About A Boy”) and starring Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous"), Olivia Wilde

("The OC"), Matthew Lillard ("Scooby Doo"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and John

Cho ("Harold and Kumar go to White Castle"). The film enjoyed dual premieres at The Aspen

Comedy Festival – where Olivia Wilde received a Best Actress Award - and The South-by-

Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

Previous producing credits include New Line Cinema’s “Bones,” a hip-hop horror film starring

Snoop Dogg, and “The Bachelor,” starring Chris O’Donnell and Renee Zellweger. Segan also

produced the controversial “Boondock Saints,” starring Willem Dafoe, which premiered at the

Cannes Film Festival; and he executive produced the Emmy nominated “Hendrix,” based on

the life of Jimi Hendrix, for Showtime.

Segan’s other producing credits include Eric Shaeffer’s “Wirey Spindell;” Universal’s thriller

“Judgement Night,” starring Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Stephen Dorff and Denis Leary;

MGM’s action drama “Blown Away,” with Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones; and the HBO

premiere movie “Crossworlds.”


Production Biography

Shawn Piller serves as co-executive producer and co-creator on the sixth season of the USA

Network original series THE DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at

10:00PM/9:00 Central.

Piller and his partner, Lloyd Segan, are also executive producers of the popular ABC Family

drama “Wildfire,” which recently concluded its third season and has been renewed for season

four, as well that network’s new series “Greek,” which is set to debut in July.

In early 2006, Piller/Segan signed an overall first-look deal with Lionsgate Television after

many successful years working together. They currently have several projects in development.

His additional credits as a television writer include episodes of Star Trek: “The Next

Generation” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” and the WB network pilot “Day One,“ which he co-wrote

and co-produced with his father. Piller also produced the prototype for the AFI/Intel-sponsored

enhanced television project for “Day One.” He has sold several pilot/presentation scripts,

including two as co-creator and two as producer under his deals with Granada Entertainment

and Paramount Pictures.

Piller has also produced feature films, including “Too Pure” (Maxmedia; Tribeca Film Festival;

Tokyo Film Festival 1999) and Michael Goorjian's “Oakland Underground” (Chicago Film

Festival). In addition, he produced the short films “No Insurance” (L.A. Film Festival 1999) and

“The Lonely Leave,” based on the Dorothy Parker short story of the same name.

Piller is a graduate of the USC Film School.


Production Biography

Scott Shepherd serves as executive producer on the sixth season of the USA Network

original series THE DEAD ZONE, which premieres Sunday, June 17 at 10:00PM/9:00


Shepherd has enjoyed a long and successful career in series television, specializing in quality

drama. Over the past 25 years, he has written and/or produced series for all of the major

broadcast networks and most recently, served as executive producer of “Angela’s Eyes” for

Lifetime Television.

Prior to that, he was consulting producer on the FOX dramas “Reunion” and “Tru Calling,”

executive producer of UPN’s “Haunted,” executive producer of CBS’s “To Have and To Hold”

and co-executive producer of Showtime’s awarding-winning series “The Outer Limits.”

Shepherd began his career as a writer on the ABC crime drama “Matt Houston.” His additional

credits include such acclaimed series as “The Equalizer” for CBS and NBC’s “Miami Vice” and

“Quantum Leap,” for which he served as supervising producer.

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