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Tru Calling is an Americanmarker television program, filmed in Vancouver, Canadamarker, which premiered on the Fox Network in October 2003. It ran for two seasons and a total of 26 episodes before being canceled in January 2005.

Season two of Tru Calling first aired in New Zealandmarker on TV3 beginning February 4, 2005, with the final episode shown on March 11, 2005, in Croatiamarker, the following March/April; and, after nearly a year-long hiatus, in the U.S. beginning March 31, 2005. In the United Kingdommarker, the second season began October 12, 2006, on Sky One.

The complete series also aired in Argentinamarker, Brazilmarker, Bulgariamarker, Chilemarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, Hong Kongmarker, Hungarymarker, Pakistanmarker, Indiamarker, Israelmarker, Italymarker, Japanmarker, Malaysiamarker, Portugalmarker, Singaporemarker and Slovakiamarker.

DVDs of both seasons have been released in the United States and the United Kingdom. The final episode filmed was not broadcast in the U.S. until January 21, 2008, when it aired as part of a marathon on SCI FI.

Premise

The lead character, Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku), is a young woman trying to become a doctor. After losing an internship, she is sent to and begins working at the city morgue. Occasionally, the corpse of a newly dead person appears to awaken and utter the words "Help me" or "I need you" to her. As they do, Tru suddenly wakes up to find that the day has restarted and finds herself compelled to stop the death, which may be the result of anything from suicide to murder. In the course of the re-run day, Tru often takes the opportunity to rectify various personal situations involving family and friends.

Supporting characters in the series include Harrison Davies (Shawn Reaves), Tru's irresponsible younger brother (who becomes a loyal asset to Tru by the end of the first season), and Davis (Zach Galifianakis), her socially-challenged but loyal friend, confidante, and supervisor at the Morgue.

As the series progresses, it is revealed that several years earlier, Davis had a fateful encounter with Tru's mother (who was, apparently, the last person to receive the "calling" before her daughter).

Supporting characters present in only a portion of the series included: Meredith Davies (Jessica Collins), Tru's older sister; Lindsay Walker (A. J. Cook), her best friend in the first season; Luc Johnston (Matthew Bomer), her love interest in the first season; and Gardez (Benjamin Benitez), her former co-worker at the morgue.

Jack Harper (Jason Priestley), a counterpart to Tru's character, is introduced midseason as a foil. He is there to make sure fate gets its way and introduces a philosophical aspect to Tru's endeavors: should she be saving the lives of people who may have been intended to die? In the second season, Tru and Jack compete to get to a person first — she to save them, and he to restore the order of fate and maintain the balance of the universe as he understands it. It is eventually revealed that Tru's father had played a similarly antagonistic role to Tru's mother. The series was canceled before Tru or Harrison finds out about her father, though it was revealed that he intended to tell Harrison and attempt to get him on their side.

Episode list

Cancellation

On April 20, 2005, Fox announced that the second season's sixth and final episode would not be aired, and that the series would end its run one week early due to the following week's episode being Christmas-themed and would not air in line with the Christmas season.

Cast

Main Characters



Special Guest Stars

Season two featured some recurring "Special Guest Stars", notably:

Guest Stars

Tru's two medical school friends were also recurring characters in season two.

The pilot episode was directed by Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce. He made a name for himself directing successful action movies such as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Tru Calling was created by executive producer/writer Jon Harmon Feldman. Marty Adelstein, Neal H. Moritz, Dawn Parouse and R. W. (Bob) Goodwin are also executive producers.Dawn Parouse. (2004). Finding the Calling: The Pilot (Tru Calling Season 1, Disc 6, Special Feature) [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.


U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Tru Calling on Fox. The Last episode was shown on Sci Fi.

Note: Each U.S. network television season begins in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Timeslot

(Thursdays)
TV

Season
U.S. Season

Premiere
U.S. Season

Finale
Season

Rank
Viewers

(in millions)
1 8:00 / 7:00 pm 2003–2004 October 30, 2003 April 29, 2004 #151 4.50
2 9:00 / 8:00 pm 2004–2005 March 31, 2005 January 21, 2008 #121 4.89
These episodes (intended for fall 2004) did not air in the United States until the Sci Fi Channel aired them,

  and that the second season originally aired in New Zealand from 4 February 2005 – 11 March 2005.


DVD releases

Season 2 DVD Set (Region 1)


Region 1

Tru Calling: The Complete First Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 20 Episodes
  • 6-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • Selected Episode Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 3 Featurettes
    • "Finding The Calling: The Pilot"
    • "The Tru Path: Season One"
    • "Evil Comes Calling: A Late Season Twist"
  • "Somebody Help Me" Music Video by Full Blown Rose
Release Date
United Statesmarker November 30, 2004
Tru Calling: The Complete Second Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 6 Episodes
  • 2-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish and French
  • Making-Of Featurette
Release Date
United Statesmarker November 15, 2005
Tru Calling: The Complete Series
Set Details Special Features
  • 26 Episodes
  • 8-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish and French
  • Making-Of Featurette
Release Date
United Statesmarker August 12, 2008


Region 2 & 4

Tru Calling: The Complete Series
Set Details Special Features
  • 26 Episodes
  • 8-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround)
  • Subtitles: Swedish and English for the hearing impaired
  • Selected Episode Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 4 Featurettes
    • "Finding The Calling: The Pilot"
    • "The Tru Path: Season One"
    • "Evil Comes Calling: A Late Season Twist"
    • "Tru Calling: Opposing Forces"
  • "Somebody Help Me" Music video by Full Blown Rose
  • Easter Egg: Zach Galifianakis' audition tape
Release Date
United Kingdommarker June 27, 2005
Australia October 24, 2006


  • Tru Calling Season 1
    • Region 4 — August 9, 2005
  • Tru Calling Season 2
    • Region 4 — August 9, 2005


References

  1. ABC Medianet


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