8:50am PT by Rick Porter
'The Good Fight' Creators Land Pandemic Drama at Spectrum
The creators of The Good Fight and Evil are tackling the coronavirus pandemic with their next series project.
Robert and Michelle King have scored a straight-to-series order from Spectrum Originals for The Second Wave, a six-episode drama that follows the effect of an unexpected and deadly second wave of the pandemic in New York City. The Good Fight veteran Audra McDonald, Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) and Steven Pasaquale (The Comey Rule) will star.
The plan is to shoot the series quickly and have it air on Spectrum's on demand platform later this year. The Kings are writing and executive producing via their King Size Productions; Spectrum Originals and CBS Studios, where the couple is under an overall deal, will produce the series.
The Second Wave centers on neighbors Rachel (McDonald) and Lily (Schilling) as they navigate life under quarantine. Rachel, a doctor, is juggling a glut of telemedicine clients and a shaky, passionless marriage to Zach (Pasquale), a CDC official caught between science and politics. Lily, meanwhile, is trying to convince her Wall Street clients that her skills are just as valuable over video conference as they are in person.
When a second wave of the virus hits, the two women must face unprecedented times while still managing their careers, loved ones and (possibly) the end of the world.
Robert and Michelle King executive produce with Liz Glotzer and Brooke Kennedy. The Second Wave joins a roster of Spectrum Originals shows that also includes Manhunt: Deadly Games and the upcoming Paradise Lost and George & Tammy, starring Jessica Chastain as country music icon Tammy Wynette. The company recently canceled its first original show, L.A.'s Finest, after two seasons.
Schilling is repped by Gersh, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.
Deadline first reported the news.