REELZCHANNEL – TV About Movies(R) today announced the network will premiere its second original scripted drama with the spy thriller action series XIII, starring Stuart Townsend and Aisha Tyler. XIII is the story of a man’s quest to uncover the truth about his identity. Named for the Roman numeral tattooed on his neck, XIII (Townsend) is a former secret operative who has been stripped of his memory. He does not know who he is, what he is trained to be or whom he serves. Hunted by a dark anti-government organization, XIII searches for clues that will uncover the secret that makes him so valuable – and so potentially dangerous. Jones (Tyler) is a government agent and XIII’s most loyal ally. She is also under Presidential orders to discover what, if anything, XIII knows.
See a special sneak peek of XIII this Friday, April 13th during True Justice episode three, “Black Magic”, airing 9pm ET and at 9pm PT. See the XIII sneak peek again on Hollywood Dailies on Monday, April 16th at 5:30pm ET/ 2:30pm PT and on Naked Trailers on Thursday, April 19th at 11:30pm PT/ 2:30am ET. The June 2012 premiere of XIII will come on the heels of the season finale for the network’s first original series, True Justice, starring Steven Seagal.
XIII was developed and produced by Jay Firestone’s Prodigy Pictures and Luc Besson’s French production company EuropaCorp Television (La Femme Nikita). The series is based on Jean Van Hamme’s adrenaline-fueled graphic novels, which have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide since the first volume was published 25 years ago. XIII has already been recognized by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers with its 2012 Award for Excellence for TV Series Cinematography.
“If you combined the Bourne Identity movies with the 24 TV series, you have XIII,” said Matthew Singerman, REELZCHANNEL SVP of Programming. “It’s an exciting, riveting show with action and drama that will keep our viewers on the edge of their seats. The XIII series also serves as a great platform for TV About Movies(R) programming, providing many great topics for taking viewers inside the timeless genre of spy thriller and secret agent action movies.”
“I’m thrilled that fans of XIII will have the opportunity to see this incredible series on REELZCHANNEL,” said Jay Firestone, Executive Producer for XIII. “REELZ is the perfect home for XIII as it’s a network committed to shows that are cinematic in scope.”