It's hard to imagine what television would look like without The X-Files to borrow from. Tons and tons of television shows have lifted pieces of the classic show's format, about FBI agents and mysterious, sinister events. So it's kind of sad to see that Chris Carter is creating a new show that, at first blush, sounds like a copy of... The Event and Flashforward, as various others have already pointed out.
That's like Leonardo da Vinci copying someone else's bad knock-off of the Mona Lisa.
Of course, you can't really tell from the description of a show in the first announcement in the trade press. It's entirely likely that there's more to Carter's new show The After than anybody is letting on, and this ultra vague description is just to keep us from learning the twist too early. But here's how Deadline is describing it:
Written by Carter, The After is a thriller which revolves around a mysterious, unexplained event. In the vein of The X Files, The After incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense, and real-world fear and paranoia. "Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst fears about the world and its future," said Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen.
The notion of a series being sparked by one mysterious event just sounds like a format that's been tried over and over recently, with limited success. The aforementioned Georgeville Television, which is producing The After, is the newly formed studio behind the Blake's 7 remake, J. Michael Straczynski's global pandemic TV show Hunters, and the newly announced show by the Wachowskis and Straczysnki, Sense-8. Thus far, only one Georgeville show is actually making it to air: Crossbones, the historical pirate drama by Luther creator Neil Cross, which is appearing on NBC, possibly as a midseason replacement. [Deadline]