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In The Crossing, Sundance Jury Prize winner Steve Zahn (Happy/Texas, Modern Family) plays Jude Ellis, sheriff of a small fishing town on the Oregon coast in modern-day America. His plans for a quiet life are upended when 47 refugees from a war-torn country wash up on his beach seeking asylum. The country they’re from is America… and the war they’re fleeing is 180 years in the future.

As The Los Angeles Times wrote, “I will happily watch the actor Steve Zahn in just about anything… [The Crossing] is definitely good Zahn.” The Gazette agrees, “Known more for his comedic roles, Zahn does a splendid job of balancing touches of humour with the seriousness of his new situation.”

The Crossing is first and only on Showmax
From left: Sandrine Holt as Emma Ren, Steve Zahn as Jude Ellis and Natalie Martinez as Reece in The Crossing, first and only on Showmax. Image: ABC

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With The Crossing now first and only on Showmax in Africa, here are five reasons (other than Steve Zahn) everyone is going to be talking about this show.

1. It’s from ABC, the network that brought you Lost

Look, we’re well aware that you probably don’t love Lost as much now as you did at the end of Season 1. That ending wasn’t for everyone. But The Crossing will remind you of the good parts of being, well, lost, in early Lost. As lead actress Natalie Martinez says, “I love shows like this, where you read and you have no idea what’s happening, so you get to create your own theories and then something happens and you have no idea what’s going on and then you get a cliffhanger and you have to keep watching. It’s definitely one of those scripts that grabbed my attention and made me want to figure the puzzle out.”

2. It co-stars Natalie Martinez

Half a million people watched Natalie Martinez getting out of a car in Death Race on YouTube. If you’re not that kind of fan, you may still recognise her from her roles as detective Jamie Lovato in CSI:NY and MMA fighter Alicia Mendez in Kingdom, among others. But it’s her part in The Crossing as Reece, a refugee looking for her daughter, that’s propelled her up the IMDB Top 500 ranks.

The Crossing first on Showmax
Image: ABC

3. It’s created by two writers from Revenge and Criminals Minds

Co-creators Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin have written for some of the most entertaining shows on TV, from the Golden Globe nominated Revenge to the three-time Emmy nominee Criminal Minds to the People’s Choice nominated The Event.

4. The first episode is directed by four-time Emmy nominee Rob Bowman (The X-Files)

Rob Bowman has four Emmy nominations to his name for The X-Files, as well as stints directing the Emmy-nominated Castle and the Emmy-winning Star Trek: The Next Generation, among other shows. Other directors on The Crossing include Ken Girotti (Vikings, Orphan Black); Jeffrey Hunt (Vampire Diaries, The Originals); David van Ancken (Californication, The Following), Tara Nicole Weyr (Lucifer, Desperate Housewives), and Alex Zakrzewski (Bosch, Oz).

The Crossing on Showmax
Image: ABC

5. Audiences love it

The Crossing has an 82% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and is currently one of IMDB’s Most Popular TV Shows.

As The Gazette wrote, The Crossing is “a drama wrapped in mystery. At every turn, there’s a new secret to unravel… Reminiscent of Lost and Wayward Pines, signalling great potential for the new series.”

All episodes are now available to binge on Showmax, express from the US.

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