9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jason Katims Drama Lands Straight-to-Series Order at Hulu
Jason Katims fans, rest easy: The Parenthood and About a Boy producer will have a show on the air next season.
Hulu has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for The Way, a drama from Katims and Parenthood writer-producer Jessica Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on a script Katims and his True Jack head of development Michelle Lee created with Goldberg last year, The Way examines a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Each hourlong episode will take an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. The drama will go into production in the summer. Casting is underway with the goal of nabbing high-end premium talent comparable to Hulu's casting coup with James Franco in Warner Bros. Television's J.J. Abrams-Stephen King miniseries 11/22/63.
Goldberg will pen the script and executive produce alongside Katims and Lee via the Parenthood and About a Boy creator's pact with Universal Television. The deal marks Universal TV and Hulu's first collaboration (as well as Katims' first streaming deal). The Way arrives as the streaming service continues to bulk up on studio-produced fare in a bid to compete with Netflix and draw top-name producers.
"Jason Katims is responsible for the most groundbreaking shows about family seen through unique lenses,” said Craig Erwich, senior vp and head of content at Hulu. "He and Jessica Goldberg have delivered a provocative take on a controversial, dangerous and thrilling world."
The Way also marks Hulu's first ongoing drama series following productions including Jason Reitman's Lionsgate-produced comedy Casual, which like 11/22/63 was picked up straight to series as well. (Hulu also has a deal with Universal Television's cable-focused studio Universal Cable Productions for its Billy Eichner comedy Difficult People.)
For Goldberg, meanwhile, The Way is a personal passion project. It marks her latest collaboration with Katims following a two-season run on NBC's gone but not forgotten family drama Parenthood. Her credits also include NBC's summer camp series Camp as well as Deception.
For Katims, The Way guarantees that the Friday Night Lights alum will have a series on the air come fall. NBC's second-year comedy About a Boy is considered a bubble series and was recently pulled from the network's lineup in favor of a multicamera block. The beloved producer's True Jack banner, meanwhile, has been focused on entering the cable and streaming space. The company last year sold a romantic comedy from Stu Zicherman to Showtime and narrowly missed a pilot pickup at CBS for a medical drama from Parenthood alum Sarah Watson this season.