1:00pm PT by Rick Porter, Lesley Goldberg
'Maniac' Showrunner Lands Comedy, Thriller at WarnerMedia Streaming Service
WarnerMedia has added two more original series to its forthcoming streaming platform, both coming from showrunner Patrick Somerville.
The streamer, which is set to launch in beta in the fourth quarter, has ordered a comedy called Made for Love, based on a novel of the same title by Alissa Nutting, and the limited series Station Eleven, a post-apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Emily St. John Mandel. Both shows hail from Paramount Television and will have 10-episode runs on the as-yet unnamed streaming platform.
Made for Love centers on Hazel Green, a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years of marriage to an unstable, needy and possibly sociopathic tech billionaire. She discovers her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device called the Made for Love in her brain, allowing him to track and watch her and even know her feelings. Somerville (Maniac, The Leftovers) is adapting Nutting's book and will executive produce with S.J. Clarkson (Orange Is the New Black, Succession, the Game of Thrones prequel pilot), who will also direct. Nutting, Liza Chasin and Dean Bakopoulos will also executive produce the comedy for Paramount TV.
Station Eleven takes place in a world where survivors of a devastating flu try to rebuild and reimagine the world while holding on to the best of what's been lost. Somerville will be credited as the creator and will executive produce alongside director Hiro Murai (Atlanta, Barry), Scott Steindorff, Scott Delman and Dylan Russell; Nate Matteson will be credited as co-EP.
Details on WarnerMedia's streaming launch date, as well as a name for the service, its price point and other key information, have yet to be revealed.