SYFY's Tremors series rounds out its main cast. While it's never quite had the fan base of a property like Hellraiser or Final Destination, the Tremors franchise has been steadily chugging along since way back in 1990, rarely going too long without a fresh entry. Directed by Ron Underwood, the original Tremors starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as a pair of handymen in the small town of Perfection, Nevada, a locale which soon comes under siege by terrifying underground monsters called Graboids. Tremors was far from a hit at the box office, but has since gained a sizable cult following.
1996 saw the release of Tremors 2: Aftershocks, a direct-to-video sequel that brought back Ward and Perfection's local gun nut Burt Gummer (Michael Gross). 2001's Tremors 3: Back to Perfection cemented Burt as the official hero of the franchise going forward, with Gross returning again for 2004's western prequel Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and 2015's Tremors 5: Bloodlines. A Tremors 6, again starring Gross, heads to DVD and Blu-ray in January.
While the Tremors film series continues, that isn't stopping SYFY from pressing ahead with its own Tremors TV show, which seemingly ignores all the sequels, and functions as a follow-up to the original film only. The show marks Bacon's first ever return to the franchise, reprising the role of Val McKee. Deadline reports that SYFY's Tremors has added three new names to its main cast, those being Emily Tremaine (Vinyl), Megan Ketch (Jane the Virgin), and Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead).
Tremaine is set to play Val's daughter Emily McKee, a recent college graduate who stops by Perfection to reconnect with her dad, only be disappointed in what she finds. Ketch plays Mindy Sterngood, a charismatic doctor who harbors both a crush on the much older Val - stemming from him saving her from a Graboid when she was a kid - and a potentially dangerous secret. Finally, Fernandez will play Nico Garza, a man biding his time until he has the means to get the hell out of town, lest he end up stuck there forever like Val.
One wonders why exactly SYFY opted to ignore the prior Tremors sequels, as that's unlikely to engender much good will from diehard fans of the franchise. At the same time, though, it's feasible that the network was just trying to avoid confusion with a film series that's still going on. Either way, it's a jarring change for longtime viewers, as Val was said to have left Perfection prior to Tremors 2, and in this TV version, it appears that he stayed behind while everyone else from the original film exited. Still, it'll be nice to see Bacon tangle with Graboids once again.