CBS Picks Up Steven Spielberg Mystery Series ‘American Gothic’


Fresh off the news that “Extant” won’t be back for a 2016 summer season, CBS announced they’re ordering 13 episodes of Steven-Spielberg-produced mystery series “American Gothic.”

The new series will be the latest thriller to hit the small screen. And, based on what we know so far, it might give Ryan Murphy and his “American Horror Story” series a run for its money. (Though we’re hoping it doesn’t rely on gore as much as Murphy’s show.)

The show follows a prominent Bostonian family attempting to shred themselves of the malevolent gossip surrounding their family tree. The rumor mill began after the chilling discovery that their recently deceased patriarch was linked to a string of murders spanning decades. What could be worse than that? Oh, maybe the growing suspicion that his accomplice is a living member of the family. Yikes…

“American Gothic,” is being produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Television and written by award winning writer Corinne Brinkerhoff (“The Good Wife,” “Jane the Virgin”). Brinkerkoff will also executive produce alongside current Amblin producers Justin Falvey (“Smash,” “Under the Dome”), Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “Falling Skies”), and James Frey.

“With ‘American Gothic,’ Corinne Brinkerhoff has created the perfect CBS summer mystery, filled with suspense, intrigue and an explosive ending that will leave you breathless,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “It feels like a compelling summer novel that we can deliver to our viewers in 13 one-hour chapters.”

While this upcoming show might excite Spielberg enthusiasts, fans of “Extant” and “Under the Dome,” might not share the same enthusiasm. CBS opted to end each show after only two and three seasons respectively. If we’re being honest, we’re a little worried about the success of “American Gothic,” since the aforementioned series were also produced by Frank and Falvey. We’ll wait for more details on casting before making any decisions on this one.

American Gothic is scheduled to premiere in summer 2016 alongside the second season of ‘Zoo,’ based on the James Patterson novel, and the new “comic-thriller” “BrainDead.” We should expect to start seeing teasers sometime in early spring.


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