Netflix Orders Psychological Thriller from Creators of ‘Damages’

/ Oct 14, 2013

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Netflix has ordered a new psychological thriller series from the Emmy-nominated creators of “Damage”: Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler.

The new show, which has yet to receive a title, will follow a “family of siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”

“We’ve always wanted to put our spin on a family saga and examine universal themes of family in a way that has never been seen before on television. The series is a tightly wound thriller that explores the complex bonds between parents and children, brothers and sisters, and the rivalries, jealousies, and betrayals at the core of every family,” said Kessler, Zelman, and Kessler, who apparently go by the moniker “KZK.”

The series will begin production in early 2014. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, and executive produced by KZK, the first season will encompass 13 hour-long episodes (which will all be available at once when the series premieres on Netflix). Netflix did not disclose a release date yet for the series.

An interesting thing I want to point out: Sony Pictures Television owns Crackle, an ad-supported multiplatform video service that has also been producing original, TV-length program. I wonder why this wasn’t built for that service. Two potential answers: 1) Netflix is providing some financial support, or 2) Sony is dealing with Netflix the way it does with any other TV programmer (which Netflix is), and stands to make more by distributing via a platform like Netflix, which has a wider audience net than Crackle. It’s probably the second answer, but just an interesting thing to take note of.

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