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CBS orders asteroid apocalypse drama series

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James Thew

Heads up: CBS has ordered a new event series about the potential end of the world.

The network has picked up 13 episodes of Salvation, which follows “an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery — that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.”

The project, which is certain to draw comparisons to films like Armageddon and Deep Impact — like we just did right — is planned for summer, 2017.

Salvation is the type of fast-paced, dramatic ride that viewers look for in a summer event series,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited to launch another high concept, highly promotable show with great auspices that adds to our roster of year-round, original scripted programming.”

The project is from writers Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, who wrote the script based on the story by Matt Wheeler. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Peter Lenkov will serve as executive producers. CBS has been rolling out high-concept genre dramas in the summer for several years now, starting with Stephen King’s Under the Dome (which was announced as a limited series, then was continued after its initial success), the short-lived sci-fi drama Extant and the ongoing when-animals-attack thriller Zoo.

Despite the “event series” billing, at this point its unclear if Salvation will indeed wrap after 13 episodes. It seems likely — as with Under the Dome — that another round could be ordered if the show makes a deep impact on the network’s ratings (in the second season, it’s two asteroids!).

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