Fresh off of cancelling Extant, CBS has given the greenlight to American Gothic, a 13 episode murder mystery drama from super-producer Steven Spielberg, his production company Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios. The series will debut in Summer 2016.
“With American Gothich, Corinne Brinkerhoff has created the perfect CBS summer mystery, filled with suspense, intrigue and an explosive ending that will leave you breathless,” said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. “It feels like a compelling summer novel that we can deliver to our viewers in 13 one-hour chapters.”
American Gothic follows a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.
CBS has been developing American Gothic, which bears no relation to the 1990s series of the same name, for the better part of year, when they bought the project out of Corinne Brinkerhoff overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Brinkerhoff is penning the script and will serve as an executive producer alongside James Frey, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
American Gothic will operate under the so-called “Summer Model” which the network and studio pioneered with Under The Dome. Under said model, and a recent three-series deal with Amazon Prime, the streaming service will carry the series under a short SVOD window, with that, alongside international sales, quickly making such Summer shows profitable irrespective of ratings. CBS Studios International will shop American Gothic to international buyers.
With this series order, CBS is keeping their number of scripted Summer dramas at three; after Extant was cancelled last night and Under The Dome wrapped its three season run on the network last month. American Gothic will feature on the network’s 2016 Summer schedule alongside James Patterson thriller Zoo, which has been renewed for a second season, and the recently picked up BrainDead from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.