An anthology series that reimagines monster movies of the past in a contemporary context, embracing the kitsch through a modern lens. Once far-fetched ideas – robot cars, epidemics, chemical attacks – are real to us today. An eccentric troupe of actors play different roles week to week, a new guest star in the lead role each week.
EP/D: Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead)
EP/W: Matt Lambert
Inspired by the life of famed choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson, 8 Count is a music-fueled drama that follows a young choreographer who, in order to redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world, must invest in an up-and-coming singer, who also has one last shot at stardom.
EP/NW: Mary J. Blige, Laurieann Gibson
Music Advisor: Mary J. Blige
Based on the Random House novel SURRENDER, NEW YORK by New York Times-bestselling author Caleb Carr and written by Richard Wenk (“Magnificent Seven”), this character-driven mystery thriller questions the role of forensics in crime-solving. Set in the small town of Surrender in upstate New York, the story follows a once-famed NYPD criminal psychologist, Dr. Trajan Jones, who has been exiled due to his effective yet controversial methodology and persona. It’s a contemporary twist on the classic crime procedural, critiquing the manipulations of science and contemporary societal ills that result.
The book was published by Random House on August 23, 2016
EP/W: Richard Wenk (Magnificent 7, The Equalizer)
THE IMMORTALISTS is a family love story spanning five decades about four siblings who, after visiting a fortune teller who predicts the day each will die, find their lives spiraling in dramatic ways, probing the line between destiny and choice, religious faith and magical thinking, reality and illusion, the present and the past, this world and the next. The book has been selected as a BEA Buzz book and will be published January 9th, 2018.
THE FORGETTING TIME is based on the Sharon Guskin novel of the same name, with Melissa Hilfers attached to write. Guskin’s captivating, thought-provoking debut novel explores what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning – and everything in between. It is equal parts murder mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent.
EP/W: Melissa Hilfers
EP N/W: Octavia Spencer
This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. Based on Sam Stall’s book of the same name.
A blue-collar family dramedy set in the high stakes, often absurd world of cattle thieves, GRAND THEFT CATTLE explores, at its heart, what legacy means in contemporary rural America, especially to a perennial underdog – and occasional cattle rustler – like our hero, Ford Lincoln Lewis and his daughter, Fred. A tonal cross between Shameless and Fargo, GRAND THEFT CATTLE asks what every disappearing small town and devoted parent must wonder at some point: Is legacy a burden or is it a gift?
EP/W: Ryan Knighton
A United States Senator’s career is on the line when her 15-year high school reunion is held hostage by a radical environmentalist group. This two-hour comedy event exposes what happens when we drop our adult disguises and find that we never really outgrow the awkward, insecure people we were as teenagers – but not before taking one last shot at that dreamy high school crush!
EP/W: Gretchen Enders
A cable comedy written by Allyn Rachel, centering on a ballsy female horse jockey who struggles to get ahead in a male-dominated sport.
EP/W: Allyn Rachel
HORRORSTÖR centers on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at ORSK, the U.S. Flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways. Based on Grady Hendrix’s book of the same name, published by Quirk.
EP N/W: Charlie Kaufman, Stephanie Savage (Fake Empire), David Borgenicht
EP/W: Josh Schwartz
Co-EP/W: Michael Vukadinovich