CBS All Access has ordered three new series, including the streaming service’s first original comedy via a project from frequent collaborators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, CBS Interactive COO Marc DeBevoise announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday.
Based on the Australian comedy of the same name, McKay and Ferrell’s No Activity is set against the world of a major drug cartel bust and follows two low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together, two criminals who are largely kept in the dark, two dispatch workers who haven’t really clicked, and two Mexican tunnelers who are in way too small a space considering they’ve only just met. In what should be a high-stakes sting operation, No Activity celebrates the mundane. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Gary Sanchez and Funny Or Die and executive-produced by Ferrell, McKay, Patrick Brammall, Trent O’Donnell, Jason Burrows, and Joe Farrell. The show will debut before the end of 2017, between the two chapters of Star Trek: Discovery.
Drama series Strange Angel explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction. The story follows the life of Jack Parsons, a mysterious and brilliant man in 1940s Los Angeles, who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry and by night is a performer of sex magic rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley. The series, which is based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, was created by Mark Heyman, who will write and executive-produce with David DiGilio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Clayton Krueger, and David Lowery, who will also direct.
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Mystery thriller $1 is set in a small rustbelt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill and point of view in each episode paints a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed. The series was created by Jason Mosberg, who will executive-produce with Matt DeRoss, Alexandre Dauman, and Craig Zobel, who will also direct.
The trio of new series joins other CBS All Access original programming, including The Good Fight, which will return for season 2 in 2018, and Star Trek: Discovery, which launches Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS before being available on All Access.