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CBS is developing American Gothic — and, no, it has nothing to do with the iconic Grant Wood painting.
The network is exploring a murder-mystery drama of the same name from writer and executive producer Corinne Brinkerhoff. The project comes to CBS from CBS Television Studios, where Brinkerhoff has an overall deal, and Amblin Television.
Set among the world of the Boston elites, American Gothic follows a prominent family grappling with the revelation that their recently deceased patriarch might have been a serial killer. The discovery sets off struggles within the clan, including the fear that one of their own might have been his accomplice.
The project is something of a departure from CBS’ current development slate, which is heavy on hospital dramas.
Brinkerhoff, who got her start writing for Boston Legal, was a writer and supervising producer on The Good Wife for several seasons. She’s also written for Elementary and currently serves as co-EP on Jane the Virgin.
Fun fact: CBS previously aired a TV series called American Gothic during the 1995-96 season. The horror series, from singer-producer Shaun Cassidy, only lasted 22 episodes.
Brinkerhoff is repped by UTA and attorney Peter Nichols.
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