TNT Extends its Babylon 5 Franchise with Latest Original Film, The River of Souls

March 23, 1998

An ancient vault filled with relics believed to hold the secret to eternal life is the centerpiece of the Turner Network Television (TNT) Original Film BABYLON 5: The River of Souls. Julie Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, today confirmed that series stars Tracy Scoggins, Jerry Doyle, Richard Biggs and Jeff Conaway will headline TNT's next BABYLON 5 full-length movie. Douglas Netter and series creator J. Michael Straczynski will executive-produce the two-hour film from the script by Straczynski. The film is a co-production of TNT and Babylonian Productions.

After a brief absence from Babylon 5, Michael Garibaldi (Doyle) returns to the station as a harbinger of doom. An archeologist in his employ has stolen an ancient relic he believes to be the key to eternal life from the Soul Hunters, immortal creatures who capture and preserve souls throughout the galaxy. With the station under siege from the Soul Hunters, the explorer releases thousands of enraged souls from the relic who merge with others, attempting to taste life one more time. Captain Elizabeth Lochley (Scoggins) must save Babylon 5 from an impending attack of the Soul Hunters and the wrathful entities looking for retribution.

TNT is the exclusive home of the BABYLON 5 franchise, featuring the eagerly anticipated fifth season of 22 all-new episodes (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET) and a Monday-through-Friday airing of the series' award-winning first four seasons. Building on the success of BABYLON 5: In The Beginning, TNT's first full-length BABYLON 5 movie, the network will premiere BABYLON 5: Thirdspace this summer.

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