Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CBS All Access Gives Series Orders to '$1,' 'No Activity' and 'Strange Angel'

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, CBS All Access gave series orders to three projects - its first original comedy No Activity and two dramas Strange Angel and $1.

"CBS All Access is dedicated to delivering inventive, premium original programming for our subscribers and creating opportunities for world-class content creators to find new, creative ways to tell stories," said Marc DeBevoise, President of CBS Interactive. "The addition of Strange Angel, our first series based on original IP; No Activity, our first comedy series; and $1, an innovative thriller, builds on the tremendous momentum CBS All Access has generated in its first season of original programming with The Good Fight and the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery."

No Activity is set against the world of a drug cartel bust and follows two low-level cops who have spent too much time in a car together; two criminals who are kept in the dark; two dispatch workers who haven't clicked; and two Mexican tunnelers who are in too small a space considering they've only just met.

The series is executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Patrick Brammall, Trent O'Donnell, Jason Burrows and Joe Farrell. Brammall is set to star in the comedy with additional casting set to be announced at a later date.

Based on George Pendle's book of the same name, Strange Angel explores the intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction and follows the life of Jack Parsons in 1940s Los Angeles as by day he helps birth the discipline of American rocketry and by night is a performer of sex magic rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.

Mark Heyman (Black Swan) created the drama. He executive produces with David DiGilio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and director David Lowery. 

$1 is a mystery thriller 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. 

Jason Mosberg created the drama. He executive produces with Matt DeRoss, Alexandre Dauman and director Craig Zobel.