Epix Orders First Scripted Series: Nick Nolte Starrer 'Graves' and 'Berlin Station'
Production will begin this fall with the shows set to premiere in the fall of 2016.
Premium network Epix is getting into scripted programming, ordering two original series from its joint-venture studio partners Paramount and Lionsgate.
Production on both series — Graves and Berlin Station — will begin this fall with the shows set to debut in autumn 2016.
Graves — a single camera, half-hour comedy from Lionsgate Television — stars Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States. Twenty years after his term ends, he begins to think that his policies have damaged the country for decades, so he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to fix things. Meanwhile, his wife decides then to pursue her own political ambitions. Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) created the project and will write, direct and executive produce the series. Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker) will also be an executive producer. Epix has ordered a 10-episode season.
"Graves is a perfect vehicle to usher Epix into premium scripted programming, and we look forward to delivering highend quality content for years to come," Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said in a statement. "Graves is a provocative comedy featuring a terrific script from writer-director Joshua Michael Stern, a consummate producer in Greg Shapiro and the brilliant and charismatic Nick Nolte as a former U.S. President whose conscience catches up with him with tragic and comic results. It is perfectly timed to premiere in an election year and marks a new chapter in the successful evolution of Epix as a leading premium cable platform."
Nolte is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman. Stern is repped by Paradigm and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Shapiro is repped by Jackoway Tyerman.
Berlin Station — an hour-long, espionage drama series from Paramount Television — follows a new CIA case officer in Berlin, Daniel Meyer, who is on a secret mission to find who leaked information to now-famous whistleblower Thomas Shaw. As he investigates further, guided by jaded veteran Hector DeJean, he uncovers the threads of a conspiracy that leads back to Washington. Michael R. Roskam (The Drop) will executive produce the series and direct the first two episodes. Spy novelist Olen Steinhauer will write and executive produce the series. Oscar winner Eric Roth and Anonymous Content will also serve as executive producers. Epix ordered 10 episodes of Berlin Station as well.
"Olen is among the most respected espionage voices of our time, and Michael has a seasoned and distinct command of noir. Together, they make the ideal creative team to collaborate with on this sophisticated and gritty modern day spy thriller," Paramount Television president Amy Powell said in a statement. "We also take great pride in partnering with the distinguished and prolific storyteller Eric Roth and the talented team at Epix on developing an inspired original series that is reflective of the network’s commitment to high quality entertainment."
Roskam is repped by Anonymous Content, UTA and attorney Alan Wertheimer. Steinhauer is repped by RWSG.
Epix and another one of its joint-venture studio partners, MGM, are finalizing a deal for a third scripted original series, with specific details about that show to be announced in the near future.
“Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM are great partners, investors and supporters of our network and are proven leaders in television entertainment. Tapping into the creative talents of these entertainment power-houses to deliver this kind of compelling programming is exactly what we had envisioned when we created this joint-venture and launched the channel," Epix CEO Mark Greenberg said in a statement. "Our focus was on business success and profitability first and having established that firm business foundation, we are now in a position to launch our original series with these two great shows from Lionsgate and Paramount and a third on the way from MGM.”
Epix exec vp original programming, Jocelyn Diaz, added: “Original series provide a platform to build our brand and distinguish our offering. We are proud of the level of quality and sophistication of these projects and are thrilled to announce them today with our partners.”
Epix is a joint venture between Viacom, Lionsgate, Paramount and MGM.