|Created by:||James Jordan|
|Running Time:||60 Minutes|
|Format:||Script / PDF|
|Current Season:||Season Two|
|No. of Seasons:||1 (So Far)|
|No. of Episodes:||12 (So Far)|
|Series Debut:||September 18, 2009|
|Series Theme:|| "Theme"|
Abyss is an hour-long virtual web series that has just completed its first season on MZP-TV. It was created by James Jordan, who also created the hit virtual continuation Night Stalker, and the virtual fifth season of Millennium. Abyss premiered in September 2009 and finished its first season in December of the same year.
Abyss is a one-hour drama series centering on a group of seven characters united together as victims. Each of them has suffered a traumatic crime at some point in their lives, and now they live together in a large rural property in Vancouver where they combine their unique skills and insight to help prevent others from ever experiencing the same kinds of suffering.
Through the eyes of these damaged individuals, the series explores the depravity of the modern world. That which causes physical and mental suffering drives the episodic narratives, from serial murders to kidnappings, from kitu CRM iereual assaults to cases of child-abuse. Each episode will provide a window into the minds of the perpetrators and the victims, while simultaneously exploring the psychology of one or more of the regular characters.
These stories are told from outside the law enforcement establishment and are instead routed firmly with the victims, both past and present. Confronting and overcoming fear and intimidation are more central themes than procedure and prosecution. Catharsis, victimology and the unconscious are watchwords.
Created by James Jordan, Abyss features a writing staff that includes Angelo Shrine (Shackles), Anthony John Black (The DSR), Rebekkah Grant (Rift), and new writer James Swanson. The series is produced by Triple Five Productions in association with MZP.
Abyss was pitched with a complete pilot to MZP in May 2008. After meeting with favourable responses, the series was picked up and went into pre-production with a view to launching the following year.
Upon the decision, MZP head Lee A. Chrimes said:
"A strong cast and a premise that easily lends itself to repeated stories to tell means this should do pretty well for itself. There's obviously a place for dark, adult drama on MZP, and though there's no supernatural twist to this, that in itself is a unique trait within our current schedule."
Shortly after commissioning the series, the network introduced a new policy whereby new shows would only be pitched during designated "pilot seasons." As such, Abyss was the last series picked up under the old system.
see: Abyss (Season 1)
Abyss began airing it's first season at MZP-TV on September 18th, 2009 and ran for a total of 12 episodes. The season finale aired December 18th, 2009. Following the conclusion of the season, a 'Make a Difference Appeal' was made by creator James Jordan, which can be read about more below.
see: Abyss (Season 2)
No details have been realeased concerning the second season of Abyss besides the fact that the premiere has been written. However, it is rumored that it will air at some point in 2011 once the creator, James Jordan, has fulfilled his commitments on the other show he created, Night Stalker.
- James Jordan - Creator / Executive Producer (2009 - Present)
- Angelo Shrine - Staff Writer / Co-Executive Producer (2009 - Present)
- A. J. Black - Staff Writer / Producer (2009)
- Rebekkah Grant - Staff Writer / Producer (2009)
- JT Vaughn - Freelance Writer (2009)
- James Swanson - Freelance Writer (2009)
- Vinicius Moraes - Freelance Writer (2009)
Make a Difference Appeal
At the conclusion of the first season, readers were encouraged to look into charitable organizations whose work ties in to the issues explored in the series as a way of making a difference to the real world. A list of suggested donation sites can be found at http://www.mzp-tv.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1522.0
|Season One :||"The Wasteland" - "Passing Through Jehoshaphat" - "Thine Own Self" - "War Wounds" - "Songs of Innocence" - "Oedipus Rising" - "Ozymandias" - "Letters Home" - "The Rest is Silence" - "Meditations in a Storm" - "Whom Gods Destroy" - "Nor Iron Bars a Cage"|