Fox has set the supernatural drama Houdini and Doyle, centered on the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for a Spring 2016 bow on the network. David Shore, the creator and executive producer of House, which also aired on Fox, is currently set to executive produce the mini-series, alongside David Titcher and David Hoselton, with Stephen Hopkins signed on to direct the entire 10-episode run. Stephen Mangan, who is best known for riffing with Matt LeBlanc on Episodes, will play the haloed author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, while Michael Weston, who had major arcs on House, Scrubs, and Six Feet Under, as well as a supporting role in Zach Braff‘s genuinely heinous Garden State, will play the famed magician and contortionist. Man Seeking Woman standout Rebecca Liddiard will round out the cast as their liaison, the first female constable to work for London Metropolitan Police Force. It’s an odd pairing but Shore’s ability to make detective work engrossing should be on full display, considering Gregory House was just Sherlock Holmes who focused on medicine over psychology. And it simply cannot be worse than The History Channel’s Houdini.
Here’s the official synopsis from Fox:
Inspired by true events, HOUDINI & DOYLE will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.