Beyond star Burkely Duffield previews new Freeform series
Debuting on Monday night with a special two-hour premiere is Beyond, a series telling the story of Holden Matthews, a young boy who falls into a coma, only to wake up 12 years later with supernatural powers.
In the winter season, Freeform is known more for 25 Days of Christmas than their original series. But with the holidays over, the network is debuting a new series very reminiscent of its hit science fiction drama Kyle XY, which signed off the air more than seven years ago.
Debuting on Monday night with a special two-hour premiere is Beyond, a series about a young boy named Holden Matthews who falls into a coma, only to wake up 12 years later with supernatural abilities. Playing the now adult version of the character is House of Anubis star Burkely Duffield, who faces the challenge of portraying a character who skipped a critical point in his life.
“He is a man with a trapped adolescent boy inside of him, learning what it means to be alive in this new world,” Duffield tells EW. “Those dozen years when he was in the coma left him without those really strong building blocks to find out who he was as he grew up. He’s a man of innocence and a man of passion because he is someone who really loves the people he cares about and he takes us through that story of him growing up.”
While Holden tries to make up for lost time and reintegrate into his family, unexplainable things happen to him. Not only is he a medical miracle, but he’s also realizing that he has the ability to telepathically manipulate the world around him with energy and matter.
“He just wants to find a way to fit back into whatever life he’s being able to salvage from his past,” shared Duffield. “He’s definitely trying to figure it out. We’re not quite sure… how he does it or what he’s capable of, but that is definitely something that’s explored throughout the season.”
If they want, viewers won’t have to wait long for the answers. After premiering the first two episodes on Monday, Freeform will make all the remaining episodes available immediately to stream on digital platforms, while they will continue to air weekly on the network.
Beyond, which also stars Romy Rosemont (Glee) and Michael McGrady (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), airs Mondays on Freeform at 9 p.m. ET.