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The River

Episode 1.05 - Feb. 28, 2012
"Doctor Emmet Cole"
Episode 1.06 - March 6, 2012

Lee Tergesen plays Russ Landry in two episodes of "The River," a mid-season series for ABC that premiered Feb. 7, 2012.

Eight episodes have been produced for the first season of the show, which focuses on a documentary crew searching the Amazon region for a popular TV host and wildlife expert, Emmet Cole (actor Bruce Greenwood). After Cole goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.

Lee's first episode was "Peaches," airing on Feb. 28. His character, Russ Landry, is the father of Lena Landry (actress Eloise Mumford). Russ is a longtime cameraman for Emmet Cole, and is missing along with the rest of Cole's crew. Lena has accompanied the search for Emmet Cole mainly to find her father.

"Peaches" is Russ' nickname for his daughter. We see him in flashback, with Lena as a child. He is also shown on videotape, having recorded a message for Lena. Another flashback is of Russ in the more recent past, as he relates some of the strange occurrences related to Emmet Cole as he travels deeper into the mysterious Amazon region.

The primary action for Russ is as a captive on board a ship called The Exodus, which turns out to be something of a ghost ship.

Lee was briefly in a second episode, "Doctor Emmet Cole," which aired March 6. The search crew continues its trek and discovers some of Emmet's belongings. They watch the tapes he recorded, which include some footage of Emmet and Russ Landry having a fight about whether to continue on a dangerous exploration. Landry thinks Emmet has gone mad. Emmet, and two other crew members proceed, leaving Russ on the boat.

The series is described as a paranormal/adventure/horror show. It has overtones of "Lost" and "Blair Witch Project" or "Paranormal Activity." The latter makes sense because the director and co-writer, Oren Peli, was the executive producer of "Paranormal Activity." Other key production credits include Steven Spielberg and showrunner Michael Green, a comic book writer who also has produced and written for TV shows including "Heroes," "Smallville" and "Kings."

ABC won a heated bidding war for the project, and ordered the script to pilot in February 2011 and then announced in May that it would premiere in the 201112 mid-season. The pilot episode was filmed in Puerto Rico, but the rest of the series was produced in Hawaii, where Lee shot his scenes.

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