Damien Jumps From Lifetime to A&E (and Snags Four Additional Episodes)

A&E had better cross its t’s (and bless ’em with holy water): Damien is headed to the cabler later this year.

The hour-long drama — described as a follow-up to the classic horror film The Omen — was ordered last summer for a six-episode first season at sister channel Lifetime. In its move to A&E, Damien is getting pumped up to 10 episodes.

A&E’s logline for the series, which has cast Bradley James (Merlin, Homeland) in the titular role, is as follows: “Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up 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. Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time) stars as Ann Rutledge, the world’s most powerful woman, who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi (Better Call Saul) portrays Amani Golkar, a close colleague of Damien’s whose fierce loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is. Meganlyn Echikunwoke (House of Lies) plays Simone Baptiste, a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when tragedy unexpectedly strikes.”

Rob Sharenow, executive vice president & general manager, A&E and Lifetime, explained in a release that the change in networks for the series, from executive producer Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), was prompted in part by Damien‘s compatibility with current A&E hit Bates Motel.

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16 Comments
  1. Sarah says:

    Does this mean no more Lowell on iZombie ? Because.. that would suck.. :(

    • Gerald Christie says:

      It shouldn’t affect his involvement with IZombie because they have already finished filming the season. Besides, he’s only a recurring character.

      • Sarah says:

        I know. I’m thinking of future seasons. Recurring characters can be just as awesome as the main cast, and they’re promoted to main cast status quite frequently..

  2. Dean says:

    Wanted to watch this but now I’m worried its on A&E.

  3. Ray says:

    Can A&E also please save/pickup Witches of East End?

  4. Et Al says:

    I don’t get the ‘compatible with Bates’ angle because Bates will be done and won’t be back before this starts ‘later this year’. I would understand if it’s taking the Bates timeslot to retain those viewers, but that’s in 2 weeks. Nothing about this move makes a whole lot of sense. Perhaps they’re just trying to change their unfortunate ‘white trash reality’ brand in general.

  5. Joey says:

    If its moving off Lifetime it must actually be worth watching.

  6. Andrew says:

    Thank God A&E has picked this up and ordered more episodes. It had no business being on Lifetime anyway.

    The tone will probably be similar to Bates Motel, so I could see why they would want it. I love Barbara Hershey, too.

    Can’t wait! :)

  7. Bartimeus says:

    Thank god. I’ve been wanting another show like this since Point Pleasant in 2005 and this is going to be much better. Hopefully we’ll get to see the Apocalypse happen before it’s canceled.

  8. “We are ignoring The Omen II and rebooting The Omen III”.

    • Andrew says:

      @ Michael Sacal – Omen II was released 37 years ago; Omen III 34 years ago. Does it really matter that much? The films are old, and a TV series is a completely different format; it doesn’t need to explicitly follow the events depicted in either film.

      • It’s lazy. They could just pick up from where Omen IV left off. That came out 24 years ago, which would make Delia, Damien’s daughter, a perfectly-aged protagonist in her 30s.

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  10. maggie says:

    I’ve like Bradley James on Merlin. I’ll give this new series a chance.

  11. arial2 says:

    Gee, I thought we were already seeing him in USA’s Dig.