Though The Returned hews very close to the French original, Les Revenants, the producers behind A&E’s adaptation promise that the new series will differentiate itself.
The Returned tells the story of a small town that’s turned upside down when several presumed dead locals suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences.
“The starting point is similar,” executive producer Carlton Cuse told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews. “I think the same is true of The Office. Over time, our show becomes quite different. The French show became very genre and incident-heavy at the end. While we start at a similar place, the show is fairly distinctly different by the end of the first season.”