“Kevin,” “61st” & More New Series Announced

AMC has given the greenlight to two new shows, starting with the courtroom drama thriller “61st Street” which hails from celebrated scribe Peter Moffat and executive producer Michael B. Jordan. The series is a two-season close-ended event and AMC has given the project a two-season order from the outset, the first time the network has ever done it.

“61st Street” follows Moses Johnson, a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Taken by the police as a supposed gang member, he finds himself in the eye of the storm as police and prosecutors seek revenge for the death of an officer during a drug bust gone wrong. Moffat serves as showrunner and executive producer.

The other is “Kevin Can F–k Himself” which hails from creator Valerie Armstrong (“Lodge 49”) and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Craig DiGregorio serves as showrunner and executive producer.

That series follows the secret life of a sitcom wife and aims to break television convention and asks what the world looks like through her eyes. The format will alternate between single-camera realism and a multi-camera comedy ‘show within the show’ which will be shot traditionally. The formats will inform one another as we see what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines and is full of rage.

Over on ABC, development has begun for the supernatural crime drama “Possessed” based on a 2009 Korean format and hailing from “The Conjuring” writers Carey and Chad Hayes along with executive producers Paul Wesley and Craig Plestis. The story centers around a young woman who, after a near death experience, becomes a vessel for the dead to avenge their wrongful deaths.

Finally comedian and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is developing a comedy series for short-form streaming service Quibi which will give viewers of the mobile-only platform an ‘unprecedented peek’ at his interactions with people he meets and places he visits on a tour to the far corners of the country and beyond.

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