Ryan Murphy Sells Two New Series; CBS Gives Script Orders on New Faith-Based Drama

     October 1, 2012


If you’re not a fan of Ryan Murphy, avoiding him just got a little bit harder.  The ubiquitous show creator, whose current projects include GleeAmerican Horror Story and The New Normal has recently sold two new series, to Fox (a thriller) and NBC (a comedy).  Murphy will executive produce both projects, working with Dante Di Loreto who also serves as a producer on his three current series.  He will also be teaming up again with Brian Miller (Apollo 18), with whom he is working on a sci-fi feature for Sony.  Hit the jump for more details on the series in development, including the new potential CBS drama The Centurion.

ryan-murphy-tv-seriesAccording to THR, Murphy’s Fox drama, Montauk, is described as “a family thriller with a conspiracy element” that takes place in Long Island.  If this all sounds familiar it could be because it may be (though it has not been confirmed) related to the Montauk Project, a series of secret U.S. government projects on the island conducted by the Air Force with an interest in creating psychological warfare techniques and researching — why not? — time travel.

Meanwhile over at CBS, that network has picked up a “high concept” drama about faith and responsibility that comes from Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals):

“The drama centers on an elite force recon Marine who, after a near-fatal accident in combat overseas, makes a promise to God to clear the debt of the lives he’s taken if he safely returns home to his family. Once he does return home, he settles back into his former career as a police detective to make good on his promise, guided by the angel of his best friend, who died in the accident.”

In addition to the Parlapanides brothers, Bob Sertner (Revenge) is likely to produce alongside Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious).  It seems questionable that the series will fit in with CBS’s general wheelhouse, but the network may be looking to take some risks after its sluggish ratings shares to start the Fall season.