The 4400: Billy Campbell

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All right kids, when we last saw The 4400, Jordan Collier was preparing Seattle for his super-duper Promicin shots, promising that everyone’s problems would vanish and make for a perfect world. Were his followers smart to take him at his word? Well, you'll find out very soon, as the engaging drama returns to USA for a fourth season.

For those of you who haven't yet seen The 4400, the title refers to a group of missing persons who mysteriously reappear all at once, many sporting special abilities, such as mind reading or seeing the future. I must tell you, there is still time to jump in and get up to speed. (And you really should, given that it's better than 99 percent of the stuff on TV this summer.)

And for you already on board, here's a special treat: answers to the questions you're dying to know. So, let's begin, shall we?

Mary in Wilmington, Ohio: What's going to happen with all the new people who develop abilities after taking the Promicin shots?
Not everyone reacts the same. According to executive producer Ira Behr, we’ll see a lot of different abilities this year—major ones that appear only in a single scene and smaller ones that affect characters throughout the season. The first four episodes of the season focus on what it’s like for these new “converts.” 

JayBee in Short Hills, New Jersey: I love Karina Lombard. Why did they take her character, Alana, away at the end of last season? Is she coming back?
In the premiere, you'll see that three months have passed and that poor Tom hasn’t heard from Alana at all. However, you will learn her whereabouts before the ep is over.  

Kellen in Commerce City, Colorado: I heard Summer Glau was cast in a new show. Does that mean she won't be on The 4400 anymore?
Yes, Summer’s new show, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, premieres this fall, but her character, Tess (who, incidentally, isn’t doing so well this season), appears in at least four of the upcoming episodes. After that, her fate is up to Fox, the Sarah Chronicles' network. Ira Behr said Summer would love to do both shows if she’s allowed.    

JayBee in Short Hills, New Jersey: What's up with Shawn and Isabelle this season? Are they still in comas?
Isabelle is fully conscious when the show returns, but we can’t say the same for Shawn.  

Katie in Madison, Alabama: I love Chad Faust! Any 4400 dirt on him?
He’s a series regular now. And I’m hearing he may have a new love interest, too.  

Mark in Virginia Beach, Virginia: Any big guest stars? How long will Bill Campbell be around?
Bill Campbell’s doing 10 of the 13 episodes. And, if you’re a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan, you’ll be psyched to hear that Penny Johnson (aka Kasidy Yates), who also played Sherry Palmer on 24 and the college dean on October Road, has signed on to do this season’s last three hours. 

Mikey in Ann Arbor, Michigan: Give me the lowdown on this season of The 4400!
Mr. Behr was kind enough to spill that this season finally answers the question of what the 4400 phenomenon was all about! He says: “At the end of season four, we’ll know. A lot of shows won’t do that and then feel like they have enough credence to go on, but we will...Some people will deny that [our explanation] is what it is—even in the writers' room, there’s still some discussion—but it’s certainly a reasonable facsimile of what happened.”

Check it out this Sunday!

—Reporting by Korbi Ghosh

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