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Throwback Tuesday: The Event Series You Won’t See This Fall (But Maybe You Should)

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As part of my (hopefully) ongoing monthly column saluting Throwback Tuesday, I wrote this article back in February of 2016 and thought it would be fun to revisit it.


It has become a tradition here at NiceGirlsTV that we take a look at new (pretend) pilots that would be fun to see on the small screen either on the cable or major networks during the new fall TV season. This time around, however, instead of new pilots based on previous hit series, a long-running event series, based on a popular book series, is being “introduced”.

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Lords of the Underworld – This new anthology thriller, based on the book series by Gena Showalter, will air on Syfy as a long-running event series, focusing on 12 immortal warriors who stole and opened Pandora’s Box, unleashing the evil within.

The event series will be broken down into 4-week “minis” for each book, telling the stories of the immortal men from Budapest, who not only have supernatural abilities but are also extremely tall; each with an intricate butterfly tattoo on their bodies and about the women who fall in love with them.

TAGLINE: “Opening Pandora’s Box was only the beginning.

Jason and Meghan

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Night (Part 1 of 12)

Maddox is the most dangerous member of the Lords of the Underworld, a man trapped in a hell of his own. Ashley Darrow is a woman tormented by voices from the past who seeks out the Lords of the Underworld as she believes they can help bring an end to her nightmare life.

Maddox is the Keeper of Violence: to be played by Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis, Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian and The Red Road)

Height: 6’4”
Hair/Eyes: Black/Violet (that glow red when angry)
Butterfly Tattoo: Covers his upper left shoulder, wrapping around his back

Ashley Darrow: to be played by Meghan Markle (Suits and the made-for-TV movie The Dater’s Handbook)

Kevin and Rebecca

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Kiss (Part 2 of 12)

Lucien is a warrior doomed to take souls to the hereafter. Anya is the centuries-old Goddess of Anarchy, who has never known pleasure until Lucien is ordered by the gods to claim her for his own.

Lucien is the Keeper of Death: to be played by Kevin Durand (Dark Angel, Lost, I Am Number Four and The Strain)

Height: 6′ 6”
Hair/Eyes: Shoulder-length Black/One brown (normal eye) and one blue (believed to allow subject to see into the spiritual world)
Butterfly tattoo: Upper left shoulder, front of chest

Anya: to be played Rebecca Romijn (Eastwick, The Librarians and The X-Men franchise)

Jared and Sarah

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Pleasure (Part 3 of 12)

Reyes is bound by the demon of pain; forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, a painter who is on the run from the Lords of the Underworld.

Reyes is the Keeper of Pain: to be played by Jared Padalecki (Supernatural and Gilmore Girls)

Height: 6’5”
Hair/Eyes: Dark Brown and Brown
Butterfly tattoo: Chest and neck

Danika Ford: to be played by Sarah Lancaster (Everwood and Chuck)

Peter and Ivana

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Whisper (Part 4 of 12)

Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers, spending his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom. That is until he meets Gwen, also an immortal, who he frees from prison.

Sabin is the Keeper of Doubt: to be played by Peter Hermann (Younger and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

Height: 6’7”
Hair/Eyes: Brown and Gold-brown
Butterfly tattoo: Right ribcage and waist

Gwendolyn Skyhawk (aka Gwen the Timid): to be played by Ivana Milicevic (Banshee and Casino Royale)

NOTE: Gwen is the half-sister of Kaia (from The Darkest Surrender)

Daniel and Eliza

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Passion (Part 5 of 12)

Aeron dares to taste the forbidden; and for weeks he has sensed an invisible female presence, who turns out to be Olivia, a fallen angel/demon assassin sent to kill him; but she can’t.

Aeron is the Keeper of Wrath: to be played by Daniel Cudmore (The X-Men franchise and The Twilight Saga franchise movies)

Height: 6’6”
Hair/Eyes: Military-cropped Brown and Violet
Butterfly tattoo: Middle of back

Olivia: to be played by Eliza Dushku (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling and Dollhouse)

Scott and Moon

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Lie (Part 6 of 12)

Gideon fights to uncover the truth, but whenever he speaks the truth he is forced to his knees in agony until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife, who he doesn’t remember.

Gideon is the Keeper of Lies: to be played by Scott Elrod (Men in Trees, The Young and the Restless and the made-for-TV movie Uncorked)

Height: 6’3”
Hair/Eyes: Dyed Blue and Blue, kohl-rimmed
Butterfly tattoo: Right thigh

Scarlet: to be played by Moon Bloodgood (Falling Skies and Terminator: Salvation)

Boris and Gugu

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Secret (Part 7 of 12)

Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby, but when new demons possess him, he must be chained and isolated where he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner and infamous demon assassin, raised to despise his kind.

Amun is the Keeper of Secrets: to be played by Boris Kodjoe (Soul Food, Undercovers and Resident Evil franchise)

Height: 6’6”
Hair/Eyes: Brown and Brown
Eyes: Brown

Haidee Alexander: to be played Gugu Mbatha-Raw (also from Undercovers and the box office films Belle, Concussion and Beyond the Lights)

Armie and Amanda

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Surrender (Part 8 of 12)

Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

Strider is the Keeper of Defeat: to be played by Armie Hammer (Mirror Mirror, Lone Ranger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)

Height: 6’5”
Hair/Eyes: Blond and Blue
Butterfly tattoo: Left hip

Kaia: to be played Amanda Seyfried (Veronica Mars, Mamma Mia, Letters to Juliet and Les Miserables)

NOTE: She is the half-sister of Gwen (from The Darkest Whisper)

Joe and Priyanka

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Seduction (Part 9 of 12)

Paris is irresistibly seductive, but his allure comes at a terrible price: every night he must bed someone new or weaken and die. Immortal Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her.

Paris is the Keeper of Promiscuity: to be played by Joe Manganiello (True Blood and Magic Mike)

Height: 6’8”
Hair/Eyes: Varying shades of Brown and Black and Blue
Butterfly tattoo: Lower back

NOTE: He is widely regarded as the most physically appealing of all the Lords.

Sienna Blackstone: to be played Priyanka Chopra (Quantico and Bollywood star)

Zachary and Katrina

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Craving (Part 10 of 12)

Kane has endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, wanting nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling, the half-Fae female who is being hunted by her own, royal, family.

Kane is the Keeper of Disaster: to be played by Zachary Levi (Chuck and Heroes Reborn)

Height: 6’4”
Hair/Eyes: Mixture of Brown, Black and Gold and Hazel
Butterfly tattoo: Right hip

Josephina Aisling: to be played by Katrina Law (Spartacus and Arrow)

Adam and Kristanna

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Touch (Part 11 of 12)

Torin is a fierce immortal warrior whose every touch causes sickness and death. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden until he meets Keeleycael. The Red Queen, who escaped from a centuries-long imprisonment herself.

Torin is the Keeper of Disease: to be played by Adam Copeland (WWE Star The Edge and Haven)

Height: 6’5”
Hair/Eyes: White, shoulder-length and Green
Butterfly tattoo: Stomach

Keeleycael to be played by: Kristanna Loken (Painkiller Jane, The L Word and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine)

Sam and Marie

Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Torment (Part 12 of 12)

NOTE: This book will actually be out May 31, 2016.

Baden spent centuries in purgatory, but now he’s back and bound to the king of the underworld. He meets famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle when he takes her hostage during a mission gone awry.

Baden is the Keeper of Distrust: to be played by Sam Heughan (Outlander and A Princess for Christmas)

Hair/Eyes: Red (that turns into flames when angered) and Brown
Butterfly tattoo: Directly across his chest

Katarina Joelle: to be played by Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100, Cult and the box office movie Tracers)

What are your thoughts about Gena Showalter’s book series coming to the small screen? Would you ever want to see that happen? Who would you cast in the roles if this event series ever took place? Please share your thoughts below.

Please check out some of my past Throwback Tuesday articles below:

Remake of Romancing the Stone

Should TV Series Have a Shorter Run

What Does Television Mean to You

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at