Boy I certainly hope so! I have never been more on the edge of my seat, every second of every episode, then I have when watching The River. From executive producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and Stephen Spielberg, The River is about magic, family and human nature. Set in the most undiscovered parts of the Amazon river, Tess Cole (Leslie Hope) and her son Lincoln (Joe Anderson) are on a quest to find Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) who disappeared on an expedition to find the source of all magic.
To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style, like he did for many years with Cole and his family. The mixed crew of old friends and new “acquaintances” includes the missing cameraman’s daughter, Lena Landry (Eloise Mumford), Magus [the boat's name] mechanic Emilio Valenzuela (Daniel Zacapa); his daughter Jahel Valenzuela (Paulina Gaitán), and private security bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).
And what comes next, is nothing like any of them could have imagined. Ghosts, goblins, ancient tribes, and a forest that comes alive to stop them, every step of the way. If the first seven episodes weren’t enough to intrigue you, the finale should have done the trick. Can we add full blown possession to the list? Genius! The best part of the finale, is the actual end. After finding Emmet Cole and bringing back Lincoln from the land of dead and possessed, the team tries to finally exit the Boiuna (the undiscovered part of the Amazon)… but it doesn’t let them leave.
The landscape itself starts changing! Instead of leading them out, the river changes to lead them in even deeper. So now you tell me they didn’t leave the story line wide open for season 2. With the ratings holding steady at 4m viewers, with the 18-49 demographic rising slightly to 1.4m, let’s hope that was enough to keep The River alive. Leslie Hope, who plays Tess, agrees.
“[Our writers] could tell stories for the rest of our lives put together,” Hope told TVLine. “They’ve always got something simmering between all three of them, so I have no doubt that would have plenty of stories to spin. The truth is, there are a lot of stories to be told when you put people together in a space like [the Amazon].” I really hope you’re right!