The CW didn’t want to leave Frequency fans without answers to key questions following the show’s cancellation after just one season. In order to tie up loose ends, the network released a four minute video in which Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) contacts his daughter, Raimy (Peyton List), one final time. The conversation begins with Raimy letting her dad know the captured Nightingale killer died in jail the previous year. Raimy also tells her dad her mom is currently super busy helping her plan the wedding. She then makes her father write down June 14, 2011, the day he’ll die.
Raimy swears she’ll never mess with anyone else’s fate, but she makes her father promise he won’t leave the house on June 14, 2011. Raimy, practically in tears, says her mom mourns him deeply after he dies. As she’s waiting for her father to answer, the radio dies. His answer was yes as he appears alive and well behind her. They hug and a flood of new memories overwhelm them.
Frequency was based on the popular 2000 movie with Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, and starred Peyton List, Riley Smith, Devin Kelley, Anthony Ruivivar, Lenny Jacobson, Daniel Bonjour, and Mekhi Phifer. The series was executive produced by Jeremy Carver, Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Li, and Jennifer Gwartz.
The Frequency Plot: Detective Raimy Sullivan (List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone.
Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Jacobson).
Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by twenty years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love?