The CW has released the official synopsis for the premiere episode of 4400, their upcoming reboot of the series which originally ran on USA Network for four seasons between 2004 and 2007 (then as The 4400). While both versions center on 4,400 people who suddenly reappear years after having vanished, without ever having aged a day, The CW's revival adds an important descriptor: the people who go missing are people who were "overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized." It's an interesting wrinkle, as it likely means that many of them did not have a lot of effort put in to looking for them after their disappearance, and the outsized impact they will have on the world upon their return will be an experience they have no familiarity with.
The pilot episode for the new series is titled "Past is Prologue." It will air on October 25th.
You can see the synopsis below.
"Past is Prologue" - (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
SERIES PREMIERE - Over the last century at least four thousand four hundred people who were overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized vanished without a trace off the face of the planet. Last night, inexplicably, they were all returned in an instant to Detroit having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. As the government races to understand the phenomenon, analyze the potential threat, and contain the story, Jharrel (Joseph David-Jones), an empathetic social worker, and Keisha (Ireon Roach), a hardened community corrections officer, are among the civil servants called upon to deal with the uncanny refugees. The new partners clash in ideology and approach, but gradually find they have more in common than they thought as they become familiar with those under their care, including Shanice (Brittany Adebumola), a lawyer and resilient young mother from the early aughts, whose unexpected reunion with her estranged husband Logan (Cory Jeacoma) and suddenly teenaged daughter Mariah is immediately rocky; Andre (TL Thompson), a WWI Army surgeon fresh from the Harlem Renaissance; Claudette (Jaye Ladymore), an influential hidden figure from the Mississippi civil rights movement; Isaiah "Rev" Johnston (Derrick A. King), a black sheep reverend-scion born to a notable televangelist family in 1990s Chicago; LaDonna (Khailah Johnson), a seemingly shallow but misunderstood D-list reality TV star from Miami, circa 2015; and two wildly different unaccompanied teens, Mildred (Autumn Best), a vibrant girl, whose bell bottoms give away her 1970s upbringing, and Hayden (AMARR), an introspective, prescient boy, whose origin remains a mystery. These unwilling time travelers, collectively the 4400, must grapple with their impossible new reality, the fact that they've been returned with a few...upgrades, and the increasing likelihood that they were brought back now for a reason they're only beginning to understand. Janice Cooke directed the episode written by Ariana Jackson.
Like other recent launches, every episode of 4400 will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.
4400 will air on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT following episodes of All American. "Past is Prologue" will premiere on October 25th.