12:06pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jenji Kohan Prepping Provocative Period Drama at HBO (Exclusive)
After eight seasons on Showtime with Weeds, Jenji Kohan is headed for HBO.
The Weeds and Orange Is the New Black creator is developing a provocative period drama for the premium cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled Salem period drama explores the circumstances surrounding one of the most compelling chapters in American history, when intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass hysteria.
Kohan will pen the script with Bruce Miller (Alphas, Eureka) and Tracy Miller. Kohan and Bruce Miller will also executive produce, while Tracy Miller will receive a supervising producer credit. The drama hails from Lionsgate TV, where Kohan is under an overall deal.
For Kohan, the untitled drama comes as production on the second season of critical darling Orange Is the New Black is underway.
The Kohan drama marks the latest studio buy for HBO, which also has Ryan Murphy's sexuality pilot Open (20th Century Fox Television) in the works, as well as forthcoming series The Leftovers (Warner Bros. Television).
Should the Kohan project move forward, Lionsgate TV would have series set up at Netflix (Orange), AMC (Mad Men), Showtime (Nurse Jackie), ABC (Nashville) and History (Houdini miniseries).
Kohan is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.