TNT orders thriller pilot for "The Deep Mad Dark"


TNT Reteams with Animal Kingdom's John Wells and Megan Martin
For The Deep Mad Dark Pilot

Martin to Write Thriller Produced by John Wells Productions and Fabrik Entertainment
Association with Warner Horizon Television and Studio T

Turner's TNT has ordered a pilot for The Deep Mad Dark, which is being produced by John Wells Productions and Fabrik Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Turner's Studio T. An atmospheric mystery-thriller about the complexities of female friendship, The Deep Mad Dark pilot is written by Megan Martin (Animal Kingdom, Cult), who also serves as executive producer, along with John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Animal Kingdom, Shameless, Southland), Fabrik CEO Henrik Bastin (BOSCH, The Comedians, American Odyssey) and Kristen Campo (The Killing, The Good Guys).

The Deep Mad Dark opens as Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma. Her once closest friend – the irreverent, brilliant Tash Hollander – comes home after living many years in a strange, off-the-grid community in Belize. Upon her return, Tash insinuates herself into Polly's life in audacious ways that threaten everything Polly has achieved. But why?

The Deep Mad Dark is a propulsive, layered mystery about an intoxicating friendship and how it leads to a brutal act of violence that drives two women in radically different ways. Set against the landscape of modern Detroit, it explores the power certain friendships have to shape who we are – in ways both beautiful and dangerous.

Earlier this year, Wells and Martin helped usher in the first of TNT's new breed of drama with the hit series Animal Kingdom. Produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, Animal Kingdom launched over the summer to rave reviews and finished its first season ranking as one of cable's Top 5 new dramas for the quarter. The series has already been renewed for a second season to air in 2017.

The Deep Mad Dark marks Wells' fourth project with TNT, his first being one of the most riveting television series of the past decade: TNT's Peabody Award-winning police drama Southland. Wells also is executive producer of the TNT pilot Hinges, with executive producer/writer Janine Sherman Barrois, executive producer/director Anthony Hemingway and executive producer Mark Taylor. Today's announcement marks the beginning of TNT's first collaboration with Fabrik Entertainment.

About Warner Horizon Television

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry's leading producers of scripted series for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace, and primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, WHTV was founded in 2006. Its scripted programs are Animal Kingdom for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, Pretty Little Liars and Famous in Love for Freeform, Longmire and Fuller House for Netflix, Queen Sugar for OWN and the forthcoming American Woman for TV Land. WHTV's unscripted series are The Voice, Little Big Shots and Little Big Shots: Forever Young for NBC; The Bachelor franchise — which also includes The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and After Paradise for ABC, as well as Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? for Freeform — for ABC; and Love at First Kiss for TLC, among others.

About TNT

TNT, a division of Turner, is one of cable's Top 5 networks with young adults and home to cable's most popular slate of original series, including Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Major Crimes and the upcoming Will, Foreign Bodies, The Alienist, Tales from the Crypt and The Race Card. TNT is also the cable home to popular shows like Arrow, Grimm, Supernatural, Hawaii Five-0 and Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the AFI Life Achievement Award; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

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