The Omen follow-up Damien is heading to A&E Network. The straight-to-series drama from The Walking Dead‘s Glen Mazzara is moving from Lifetime to corporate sibling A&E Network, Highlight Hollywood has learned.
Additionally, the Fox 21 series, described as a follow-up to Fox’s 1976 horror classic, has added four episodes with the move, bringing its total to 10 hours. Since canceling Longmire, A&E has been desperately looking for a series to bring in the 5 million viewers who left and became Netflix subscribers.
“A&E’s unwavering commitment to high-quality original scripted drama programming, coupled with the sizable fan base for our hit series Bates Motel, which so perfectly aligns with Damien, make the network the ideal fit for this exceptional show,” said Rob Sharenow, exec vp and GM at A&E and Lifetime. “We are thrilled with what we’ve seen so far and know that Glen and the creative team have even more story to tell in season one.”
Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James, Homeland), the mysterious child from 20th Century Fox’s 1976 feature The Omen. In the A&E series, Damien has grown up and is seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny, that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man of all time. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, who is tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny as the Antichrist.
The cast also includes Omid Abtahi and Meganlyn Echikunwoke.
Scheduled to launch in 2015,