The last couple of weeks have seen a variety of different television episodes across all networks postponed or cancelled due to the problems caused by the COVID-19 virus. However, according to Variety, TNT has moved forward the premiere date for the upcoming Sci-Fi show “Snowpiercer,” which will now debut May 17 instead of the originally scheduled May 31.
With the recent adjustments made to the Emmy eligibility period in 2020, “Snowpiercer” will now be able to compete as six or more episodes will air before the cut-off date June 30.
In Joe Otterson’s article for Variety, he includes the following quote from TNT general manager Brett Weitz:
“’Snowpiercer’ is one of the most anticipated original series of 2020 and in this climate, viewers are craving thrilling, engaging, edge-of-your-seat content that speaks to them on a deeper level. It is extremely important that we continue with our promise to meet audiences where they are, and to that effect, we are moving up ‘Snowpiercer’s’ premiere so that fans can enjoy this futuristic series even earlier.”
The series is based on recent Academy Award sweeper Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film “Snowpiercer,” which featured Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, and John Hurt.
The TNT adaptation stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”), Mickey Sumner (“Frances Ha”), Alison Wright (“The Americans”) and Annalise Basso (“Captain Fantastic”).
The series has been in the works for several years, and now it looks set to hit television screens finally. As Variety writes, “The show was first put into development in 2015, ordered to pilot in 2016, and ordered to series in 2018. ” A second season has already been commissioned.
The following is the synopsis for the upcoming series, as written by TNT last year when the trailer was first released:
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.