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Chad Michael Collins Starring in Lead Role of BYUtv’s Sci-Fi Pilot Extinct (Exclusive)

Chad Michael Collins is courageously fighting a higher power in order to revive the human race in the upcoming sci-fi series, ‘Extinct.’ Shockya is exclusively revealing that the actor will topline the cast of the independent sci-fi television pilot for the cable and satellite channel, BYUtv.

‘Extinct’ was created, written and will be executive produced by Hugo and Neptune Award-winning science fiction writer Orson Scott Card and partner Aaron Johnston for their production shingle Taleswapper, with Adam Abel and Ryan Little producing through their production shingle GO Films. Little will also direct the pilot episode. Victoria Atkin, Yorke Fryer, Jaclyn Hales, Nic Luken and Matthew Bellows round out the regular cast.

The action-adventure television series is set centuries after the human race was annihilated by an alien incursion. But Ezra is amongst a small group of humans who have been brought back to life. Their mission is to try and restore the human race and end the alien threat that drove mankind to extinction. Ezra is the natural leader of the Reborns, who are the humans who have been chosen for de-extinction, because of their unique skills and personality traits. A loving husband and devoted father, Ezra will do whatever is necessary to restore his family and the human race at large.

‘Extinct’ will be distributed by BYUtv, a channel that focuses on seeing the good, and whose family-friendly programming is operated and funded by Brigham Young University. The network is currently available to more than 65 million households via cable and satellite, with digital apps making their content available to iPad, iPhone, Roku, Android, Xbox, Google Chromecast and Amazon FireTV, tablet and phone device users.

BYUtv, which was the first network that began streaming all of its live content online on its official website, found success with their flagship scripted drama series, ‘Granite Flats,’ in 2013. ‘Granite Flats’ ran for three seasons and eventually attracted 500,000 viewers per episode via BYUtv’s website and Netflix. If it receives a full series pickup, which includes a possible 10-episode first season, ‘Extinct’ will run on all BYUtv outlets. There are also plans for the series to run on a major digital streaming platform, similar to how ‘Granite Flats’ streams on Netflix.

Collins is best-known as the face of Sony Pictures’ ongoing ‘Sniper’ military action film franchise, in which he plays the lead role of Sgt Brandon Beckett in three films, including ‘Sniper: Reloaded’ (2011), ‘Sniper: Legacy’ (2014) and ‘Sniper: Ghost Shooter’ (2016). The series co-stars include the original franchise’s lead, Tom Berenger, as well as Billy Zane and Dennis Haysbert.

Collins also recently finished portraying the starring lead role in the independent action-horror film ‘Howlers,’ which co-stars Sean Patrick Flanery. Collins stars as Colt, a werewolf slayer from the old West who is mysteriously transported to modern times to stop a band of bloodthirsty lycanthropes from terrorizing a small town. The movie, which was written and directed by Josh Ridgway, is slated for a 2017 release.

For more information on Collins, visit his official website, as well as his Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Check out images of Collins in the pilot for ‘Extinct’ below.

Chad Michael Collins Starring in Lead Role of BYUtv's Sci-Fi Pilot Extinct

Chad Michael Collins Starring in Lead Role of BYUtv's Sci-Fi Pilot Extinct

Chad Michael Collins Starring in Lead Role of BYUtv's Sci-Fi Pilot Extinct

Chad Michael Collins Starring in Lead Role of BYUtv's Sci-Fi Pilot Extinct

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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