12:30pm PT by Bryn Sandberg
History Orders Weinstein-Produced Military Drama Series 'Six'
History is expanding its slate of originals.
The cabler has ordered eight episodes of military action drama Six. From A+E Studios and The Weinstein Co., the series follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors — Navy SEAL Team Six — whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists.
Written by William Broyles (Castaway, Apollo 13) and military special operations veteran David Broyles, the drama is produced by A+E Studios, Harvey Weinstein and TWC in association with Broyles and Broyles. Bob Weinstein, Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Burn Notice) and George W. Perkins (Live from Baghdad) will also executive produce. Bruce C. McKenna (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) will serve as an executive consultant and will help write the episodes with Barrios, the Broyles and Karen Campbell (Dexter). Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor) will serve as the series’ technical adviser.
"We are thrilled to partner with William and David Broyles, Harvey Weinstein and the entire team, including our own A+E Studios, to bring this epic tale to History," said A&E and History president Paul Buccieri. "The backdrop surrounding this elite team of American soldiers — from their lives at home to the astonishing bravery they display serving our country — provides an amazing canvas for stories that deserve to be told."
"The idea originally came to me when I read about Boko Haram kidnapping school children in Africa. I thought about how our would world react and it brought on the idea of creating a series about the world of SEAL Team Six because the story felt as poignant and timely as ever. Each year will feature a different theater of war — the first starting in Africa. We then brought on Bill, whom I long admired, along with David to write the pilot. They took my idea and developed a brilliant script for the project and added authenticity to the world in a way that only firsthand experience could possibly bring," said Harvey Weinstein. "Six is a series that recognizes this country’s great heroes and soldiers, and there’s no doubt that it will make for some of the most important, provocative television seen in ages. While we had vast interest from other networks, our great relationship with Nancy Dubuc, Paul Buccieri and Barry Jossen made History the clear choice."
"Six represents the type of authenticity History values from our creative and writing teams," added Jana Bennett, president and general manager of History. "This series will reflect the network’s renewed focus on core programming which embraces our recent history as well as our deeper past."
Other current series from A+E Studios include Lifetime’s critical hit UnREAL, which will return for a second season this year, and History’s upcoming Jeremy Renner-produced drama Knightfall.
William Broyles and David Broyles are represented by Paradigm, Management 360 and Gretchen Rush and Barry Littman at Hanson, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman & Newman.