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CBS All Access Announces Three New Series

The Newbies are Drama 'Strange Angel,' Comedy 'No Activity' and Mystery/Thriller '$1'

CBS All Access, which is getting closer to the launch of long-awaited “Star Trek: Discovery” on parent network CBS on
Sunday, Sept. 24, has announced the pick-up of three new series for 2018: “Strange Angel,” “No Activity” and “$1.”
These series join CBS All Access’ existing slate, which includes “The Good Wife” spin-off “The Good Fight.”

“Strange Angel,” a drama series created by Mark Heyman (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, 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 magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.

“Strange Angel” will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions. Mark Heyman, David DiGilio, Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker will serve as executive producers; Clayton Krueger will be co-executive producer, and David Lowery (“A Ghost Story,” “Pete’s Dragon”) will direct and executive produce.

“No Activity,” a comedy series from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die, marks CBS All Access’ first original comedy. Set against the world of a major drug cartel bust, the series 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.

“No Activity” will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Gary Sanchez and Funny Or Die and is based on the Australian series produced by Jungle and broadcast by Stan. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Patrick Brammall, Trent O’Donnell, Jason Burrows and Joe Farrell will serve as executive producers. NO ACTIVITY will debut before year’s end between the two chapters of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.

“$1” is a mystery/thriller set in a small rust belt 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 paint 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.

“$1” will be produced by CBS Television Studios. The series is created by Jason Mosberg. Matt DeRoss and Alexandre Dauman will serve as executive producers, and Craig Zobel (“Compliance,” “The Leftovers”) will direct and executive produce.

In addition, CBS All Access will offer a companion after-show for “Star Trek: Discovery” produced by Embassy Row in association with Roddenberry Entertainment. The after-show will air following each new episode of “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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