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The show, Extinct, is one of many dystopian-era type stories and movies in recent years, hot on the trail of Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner and Orson Scott Card's Enders Game. But, co-writer Aaron Johnston says this series is different for many reasons. For one, it's a BYUtv original and was first slated to be a movie instead of a series.

November 16, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

A new television show from BYUtv is gearing up for its season finale on Sunday, November 19.

The show, Extinct, is one of many dystopian-era type stories and movies in recent years, hot on the trail of Hunger Games, DivergentThe Maze Runner and Orson Scott Card's Enders Game. But, co-writer Aaron Johnston says this series is different for many reasons. For one, it's a BYUtv original and was first slated to be a movie instead of a series. 

"One of the other executive producers of the show and a director of many of the episodes, his name is Ryan Little," Aaron Johnston, executive producer and co-writer of Extinct, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "We were going to a science-fiction, independent feature and I pulled in my frequent collaborator Orson Scott Card and he and I developed the idea behind Extinct...around this time, our producer...was contacted by BYU because they were looking for television content."

Johnston says he initially rejected the idea of turning the script into a series but eventually developed a story structure that would allow for several episodes.

"The 10-episode, action-packed sci-fi series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization," according to the show's Facebook page. "The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the reborn humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again."

Eight episodes later, Johnston says fans are preparing for the two-episode finale on November 19 and can catch up instantly online.

You can listen to the full interview below.