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Review of "Emergence" 9/25/19 by Suzanne
airs Tuesdays 10/9c on ABC

This is an intriguing scifi/mystery. A plane crashes in a small Long Island town.  Police chief Jo (Allison Tolman, "Fargo") finds a scared young girl (Alexa Swinton, "Billions") who seems to have survived the crash with no injuries. She has amnesia, so they dub her "Piper."  Jo takes her in because some terrible and mysterious people are after young Piper. She soon discovers that Piper is more than just a young girl.  As she tries to unravel the mystery, she gets involved with a reporter, Benny (Owain Yeoman "The Mentalist"), who's been investigating a shady corporation, "Auger Industries," who may be the people chasing Piper.  Living with Jo are her daughter, Mia (Ashley Aufderheide) and ailing dad, Ed (Clancy Brown, one of my favorites). Jo is divorced from her ex-husband, Alex (Donald Faison), but it's clear that they still care for each other.

It's a mystery that reminds me a little of "E.T." or the TV show "Extant."  It's created by the same people who came up with "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World," one of my favorite shows from the past few years (I'm still sad about its cancellation).  It's refreshing to see a woman star in a show that just looks like an average woman. She's not beautiful or skinny.  She's just a regular person, with a family and regular problems, who happens to be a good cop that does the right thing. That's what anchors this show, which is science fiction. It's something that everyone can relate to, despite having odd stuff going on.

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EMERGENCE (Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Series Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019

Beyond explanation … beyond understanding … lies the truth. This character-driven genre thriller follows a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. ABCs new drama series “Emergence,” an intriguing one-hour drama, premieres TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET), on ABC.

“Emergence” stars Allison Tolman as Jo Evans, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Owain Yeoman as Benny Gallagher, Ashley Aufderheide as Mia Evans, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris Minetto, Zabryna Guevara as Abby Frasier with Donald Faison as Alex Evans and Clancy Brown as Ed Sawyer.

Written and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection,” “Reaper”), Paul McGuigan directs the pilot and is an executive producer. “Emergence” is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Emergence: SERIES PREMIERE: Pilot (9/24)
Sept. 9, 2019
SERIES PREMIERE
ALLISON TOLMAN STARS IN ABC’S CAPTIVATING NEW DRAMA
‘EMERGENCE,’ PREMIERING TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
A Stellar Cast Joins Tolman in Her Pursuit to Uncover Tightly Held Secrets While Attempting to Protect Her Family

ABC’s intriguing new drama series “Emergence” premieres TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, LV) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.
In the series premiere, “Pilot,” Jo Evans (Allison Tolman), a whip-smart police chief, plunges her family into a deepening mystery when she discovers a young girl (Alexa Swinton) the night of an inexplicable plane crash in the quiet northeastern town and decides to protect her. Who is this child? Where did she come from and what does she know? Benny Gallagher (Owain Yeoman), an investigative reporter, intrudes into Jo’s inquiry with his own take on the shadowy evidence.

Jo must balance her growing, protective relationship with Piper with her love and concern for her own family: her daughter, Mia (Ashley Aufderheide); her father, Ed (Clancy Brown); and her ex-husband, Alex (Donald Faison). As the spellbinding mystery unfolds, the family’s relationships are tested, unexplained events question reality, and everyone chases the shocking answers.

What happens when a regular family is gripped by unimaginable circumstances?
“Emergence” stars Allison Tolman as Jo Evans, Alexa Swinton as Piper, Owain Yeoman as Benny Gallagher, Ashley Aufderheide as Mia Evans, Robert Bailey Jr. as Officer Chris Minetto, Zabryna Guevara as Abby Frasier with Donald Faison as Alex Evans and Clancy Brown as Ed Sawyer.

Guest starring in “Pilot” is Gia Crovatin as Caitlyn Martin and Quincy Dunn-Baker as Freddie Martin.

Written and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection,” “Reaper”), Paul McGuigan directs the pilot and is an executive producer.

“Emergence” is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
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