4:18pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Hannibal's' Bryan Fuller Reviving Anthology 'Amazing Stories' for NBC
NBC is getting into the weekly anthology game.
The network is teaming with Hannibal boss Bryan Fuller to revive 1980s anthology Amazing Stories, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. EW first reported the news.
The sci-fi series ran on NBC for two seasons from 1985-87 and focused on the strange, fantastic and supernatural stories.
Fuller will pen the script for the drama and exec produce alongside Universal Television — who produced the original — and Amblin Television's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Steven Spielberg, who created the original series, is not involved.
The project, which marks Fuller's return to NBC after the network axed critical favorite Hannibal, comes as weekly anthologies have been drawing increased attention from broadcast and cable networks alike. (The prolific producer next has Starz drama American Gods due.)
Netflix recently picked up new episodes of weekly anthology Black Mirror and The CW tried its hand at the latter last year with a reboot of Tales From the Darkside, where each episode was designed to feature at least one story with a completely different cast.
The weekly format marks the next incarnation from such season-long anthologies as Fargo, American Horror Story, American Crime and True Detective, which have become more commonplace.
Amazing Stories also becomes the latest reboot this season as broadcast networks look for the familiar in a bid to break through an increasingly competitive landscape of 400-plus original scripted series. NBC is revisiting Cruel Intentions and Hart to Hart, among others; ABC is developing a My Best Friend's Wedding sequel as well as a female-fronted take on Fantasy Island. CBS is rebooting Nancy Drew, MacGyver, Training Day and H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau; Fox is readying Behind Enemy Lines; The CW is prepping The Notebook and Friday the 13th; and studio 20th Century Fox Television is shopping a reboot of The A-Team, while Norman Lear is rebooting One Day at a Time (though there is no network yet attached). Fox also has revivals of The X-Files and Prison Break in the works after recently rebooting 24.