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Discovery Orders 'The Suck' Vietnam War Series From Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick
Discovery Channel has ordered a series, The Suck, from thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, to air in 2018.
Based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister, the 10-episode series recalls the American experience in the Vietnam War. The Suck is produced by Lionsgate for Discovery Channel, and will be helmed by Zwick and Herskovitz.
The duo are also showrunners on Nashville and have an overall deal with Lionsgate Television. Under the pact, the duo — whose TV credits include My So-Called Life and Once and Again — will create and produce scripted programming for the company.
Zwick will direct the first episode of The Suck. "We are so lucky that Ed and Marshall, who have created so many indelible characters and unforgettable stories, are now taking Discovery viewers on a new journey. It's great that we get to partner with the Lionsgate team to bring it all to life,” Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity, said in a statement.
Zwick and Herskovitz will share executive producer credits on The Suck with Keith Addis, co-founder of Addis/Wechsler, and Tony Thomopoulos, a founder and partner in Morning Light Productions. The Discovery Channel order for The Suck follows Discovery Communications and John Malone's Liberty Global investing in Lionsgate in Nov. 2015.
The Suck order also follows Discovery and Lionsgate collaborating on the Manhunt: The UNABOMer anthology scripted series, starring Sam Worthington and Paul Bettany, which is now in production.