CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access, has reportedly commissioned three new series to air exclusively on the streamer.
First up is the drama series “Strange Angel” about Jack Parsons, a man from 1940s Los Angeles who helped pioneer the field of American rocketry by day, and was an Aleister Crowley disciple and sex magick ritual performer by night.
“A Ghost Story” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” director David Lowery will direct and executive produce the series created by Mark Heyman and based on George Pendle’s book. Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions will executive produce.
Next is the comedy “No Activity” which Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will executive produce based on the Australian series of the same name. The story surrounds four pairs of people involved in a major drug cartel bust – with all four pairs (cops, dispatch workers, criminals, Mexican tunnelers) not a good match for each other.
The last is the mystery-thriller “$1” set in a post-recession America rust belt small town where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. Jason Mosberg created the series which Craig Zobel will direct and executive produce.
The announcements come as the main CBS network is under heavy (and self-inflicted) fire for a notable lack of diversity in its fall line-up, marking the second development season where the network did not pick up a single new show with a female lead (its streaming service only shows like “The Good Fight” and “Star Trek: Discovery” aren’t included in the equation).
Also CBS’ casting department on both coasts is reportedly made up entirely of white staffers. This, coming on top of the “Hawaii Five-0” firings of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park over unequal pay, means execs were grilled heavily at the Television Critics Association this week and The Daily Beast reports that they effectively admitted that “they have no plan” for fixing the problem.