STEVEN LONG MITCHELL AND CRAIG W. VAN SICKLE
CREATORS OF THE HIT TV SERIES THE PRETENDER, RESPOND TO FANS’ DEMANDS FOR CONTINUATION OF THE STORY
The Pretender: Saving Luke, comes out this April, joining last fall’s
The Pretender: Rebirth in expanding and enriching the original show’s narrative.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Fans of The Pretender TV series, which aired on NBC from 1996 through 2001, have long lamented the show’s untimely cancellation. A new generation of viewers, however, have taken to the internet in large numbers to interact around the archetypical characters and storyline of the series. They’ve created dozens of websites in many countries around the globe, to share their feelings and “peel back the onion” of the show’s multilayered story, the surface of which was only scratched in the weekly television series and movies. The fans’ high level of online interest eventually reached the creators of The Pretender, who, intrigued by the idea of extending the story and getting into the heads of their well-drawn characters, reached out to the worldwide fan base to gauge interest. The response was an enormous virtual appeal for more story, more character, and more Pretender. With the release of Saving Luke this April, Mitchell and Van Sickle continue to build on the original series’ lore, as well as the new characters and storylines debuted in their initial novel, The Pretender: Rebirth, taking the story to new levels that will both excite and satisfy their legions of fans both old and new.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle have written, produced and/or directed over two hundred hours of prime network programming, including such series as NCIS, 24, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Murder She Wrote, Medical Investigation, and Alien Nation. From situation comedy to drama, comic books to mystery, science fiction to action-adventure, their career has covered a broad and imaginative spectrum. Together they have also created numerous television series, most notably, NBC’s The Pretender, on which they served as Executive Producers for its entire five-year run of episodes, as well as several two hour movies. In addition to series television, Mitchell and Van Sickle have also written and produced numerous long form productions- both mini series and movies of the week, as well as feature films. In 2008 they were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Mini-Series as the Writers/Executive Producers of Syfy Channel’s, Tin Man, an updated reimagining of The Wizard of Oz that, in addition to its critical acclaim, has broken ratings records both domestically and internationally. The team published their first novel, The Pretender: Rebirth in October 2013 and their second book in the series, The Pretender: Saving Luke, will be released in April 2014. Both Mitchell and Van Sickle reside with their families in the Los Angeles area and can be contacted through their web site, www.ThePretenderLives.com.
The Pretender phenomenon, fueled by strong interaction with a global fanbase, has gained new life in an online community attracted by the series’ universal themes, archetypal characters, and rich multilayered backstory. Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, the creators of The Pretender TV series have sought to address the groundswell of interest by providing a new avenue for advancing the story through two new novels: last fall’s The Pretender: Rebirth and its upcoming sequel, The Pretender: Saving Luke. The books have allowed Mitchell and Van Sickle to not only dig deeply into the story’s beloved characters, but also focus on many elements of the saga’s history that were too complex to delve into on television. The result, as the show’s fans have attested, is not only satisfying, but creates a whole new level of mystery and suspense to be enjoyed for generations to come.
- Rebirth soared to #1 on the Amazon.fr and #65 on Amazon.it sales ranking.
- The novel has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 Stars on Amazon.com.
- The Pretender Creators interact with 7,000 fans each month via their official website and numerous social media networks.
- In addition to the official website, there are over 10 approved Annex fan sites in the Pretender network, spanning over seven countries and translated to four languages.
- In 2013, the sites in total received over 11 million hits.
- There are nearly 10,000 Pretender Facebook fans interacting over several communities and groups.
- The Pretender TV show Facebook page is liked by over 51,000 people.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel in the series. The mystery and suspense build to an exciting and dramatic cliffhanger ending that left me wanting more. Fans of the show will definitely want to check this one out. And I’ll certainly be following this fascinating series. www.SciFiChick.comAngela Schuch
Thanks so much again for working with us to make the contest so successful. We had 130 re-tweets and over 30 comments on the blog entry. Both of those are new records for us and I hope they’ve brought some good exposure to your endeavors to bring The Pretender back for all us fans. You guys have re-ignited my love for the show. www.WorldsWithoutEnd.comDave Post
WHAT THE FANS ARE SAYING…
J.M Copening Mitchell and Van Sickle have put on paper a very fast paced and fun to read Pretender adventure. It is true to the essence of the show and we get to see into the thoughts of the characters like never before. Tricia Ebert This book is a page turner! I read it cover to cover in about 2 days because I couldn’t put it down! The story keeps you hooked from beginning to end with fascinating characters, an incredible plot and fast action. James D. Hill He’s back. The Pretender: Rebirth is an awesome retelling of the pilot show updated to modern times. As a long-time fan of the show I was super excited when I heard that the guys were releasing the book. Do yourself a favor and buy the book, you won’t regret it.
Mitchell and Van Sickle have put on paper a very fast paced and fun to read Pretender adventure. It is true to the essence of the show and we get to see into the thoughts of the characters like never before.J.M Copening
This book is a page turner! I read it cover to cover in about 2 days because I couldn’t put it down! The story keeps you hooked from beginning to end with fascinating characters, an incredible plot and fast action.Tricia Ebert
He’s back. The Pretender: Rebirth is an awesome retelling of the pilot show updated to modern times. As a long-time fan of the show I was super excited when I heard that the guys were releasing the book. Do yourself a favor and buy the book, you won’t regret it.James D. Hill