2:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Bates Motel' Duo Reteam for NBC Drama 'Long Distance'
A&E's Bates Motel may already have wrapped production on its fifth and final season, but star Freddie Highmore and co-showrunner Kerry Ehrin are already back at work again on a new project.
The duo are teaming with Wolf Films alum Danielle Gelber to develop character drama Long Distance, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Written by Ehrin, Long Distance is an hourlong project that chronicles one couple’s unexpected, intercontinental relationship. Despite time-zone challenges, FOMO social media deciphering and troublesome autocorrecting, the show explores dating, the internet, how we communicate and what love and romance really mean in our modern world.
Ehrin will executive produce alongside Gelber and Highmore. The drama hails from Universal Television and is Gelber's first under her new overall deal with the studio.
Long Distance reunites Ehrin and Highmore, who teamed for five seasons on A&E's Psycho prequel drama Bates Motel, which is currently in the midst of its final season. This is the second time that Ehrin and Gelber have worked together, with Gelber previously having picked up Ehrin's first pilot when she was an executive at Fox, titled Holiday. Highmore next stars in ABC's David Shore drama pilot The Good Doctor.
Erhin is repped by Rothman Brecher; Gelber is with Morris Yorn; and Highmore is with ARG and UTA.