Story | Oct 25, 2013 | 7:00 AM
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Story | Oct 25, 2013 | 6:30 AM"The Returned" (Sundance Channel, Thursdays). A French miniseries in eight parts, based on a 2004 film of the same French name ("Les Revenants") but a different English one ("They Came Back"). The word "zombie" is often mentioned in press for the series, in which several characters, deceased, of different ages and dates of death, return to a small French mountain town -- confused but, unlike your average zombie, with their mental faculties intact and physically none the worse for wear. (They are better off, in fact, being not dead, or undead, and bodily whole.) It is not a zombie story at all, as we understand the term. Or not yet -- I am about halfway through the episodes as I write this. Though much has been established, nothing has been explained -- and I fear the explanation, in a way, as much as the bad things that may happen before we get there, for the series comes alive in the uncanny and inexplicable, and answers are just things writers make up. I will have seen it all by the time I write my full review, timed to Thursday's premiere, but as there is a second season scheduled for next year, we may be headed toward a conclusion or a cliffhanger. (I won't say which, when I know.) What makes the show so extraordinary -- it's certainly one of the great series of the fall, and the year -- is that it creates tension with so little recourse (so far, at least) to the horror bag of tricks; it is less interested in magic than in human relations: The apprehension and suspense come not from anticipating the sudden shocks that a thousand scary movies have taught you are coming -- you do get a few -- but from wanting things to go well for decent people caught up in something big and strange, and feeling they well may not. The atmospheric music is by the Scottish post-rock band Mogwai.
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Concocting some playful twists on the well-worn Dracula mythology, NBC's international version of Bram Stoker's bloodsucker transforms him into a revenge-seeking schemer -- someone with a "Death Wish" in more ways than one, waging war against a shadowy...