'The Lazarus Project' Premiere Date Rescheduled for June on TNT

Picture shows: Paapa Essiedu as George in the key art poster for The Lazarus Project

Paapa Essiedu as George in the key art poster for The Lazarus Project 


Cable network TNT has officially announced the U.S. premiere date for its latest British acquisition, a sci-fi drama called The Lazarus Project. If you're experiencing a bit of deja vu after reading that sentence ---don't worry. You have, in fact, heard it before. The buzzy action thriller was originally slated to bow back in January and was promoted as such right up until about a week before its scheduled debut date. Then, the network unceremoniously scrapped its entire winter line-up, announcing that its series premieres — including Lazarus Project, The Cube, and the third season of Miracle Workers — were all being pushed to some undetermined point later in the year. The reason? Vague network buzzwords about scheduling priorities, which all seemed to boil down to aftershocks from the Warner Bros/Discovery merger. 

But at least the bizarre tale has a happy ending. TNT has finally announced a rescheduled date for The Lazarus Project, which will officially arrive on our screens this June. The series, which aired in the U.K. last summer, stars Paapa Essiedu (The Capture) as George, the latest recruit to the titular organization that is able to turn back time when the fate of the world is threatened. But when a freak accident occurs, George finds himself reliving the day his wife dies over and over,  faced with the question of what he's willing to sacrifice — or betray — for the chance to undo it.

The official synopsis reads as follows.

The Lazarus Project is a riveting eight-hour drama that follows George, the latest recruit to The Lazarus Project – a secret organization that has harnessed the ability to turn back time whenever the world is at the threat of extinction. George and his colleagues are the few people on Earth with the ability to remember the events that are undone when time goes back. But when a freak accident harms someone close to George, Lazarus won’t let him turn back time to undo it unless there is the threat of global extinction. Now George must choose to stay loyal or go rogue as he faces the question of: if you had the power to re-write your past, what would you sacrifice to do it? The Lazarus Project explores our desire to take charge of what is beyond our control and is a moving story of love and fate within a gripping action thriller that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Alongside Essiedu, the series stars Anjli Mohindra (The Suspect), Tom Burke (C.B. Strike), Caroline Quentin (Doc Martin), Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders), Rudi Dharmalingam (The Split), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock), alec Utgoff (Dracula) and Charly Clive (Pure).

The eight-episode series hails from Girl/Haji creator Joe Barton, with Marco Kreuzpaintner (Bodies), Laura Scrivano (Wedding Season), and Akaash Meeda (Nova Jones) sharing directing duties. 

The Lazarus Project premieres on June 4 at 9 pm ET on TNT and will air on a weekly release schedule. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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