Freeform has greenlit new drama pilot “The Deep,” which is set at Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. Eric Wald and Dean White will write and executive produce the pilot. Scott Stewart (“Dominion”) will direct. Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and RD Robb will also serve as executive producers. Emily Whitesell (“Finding Carter”) will serve as showrunner.
“’The Deep’ is a very different show than one would expect when they hear the word ‘mermaid’ – the mermaid tale has been reinvented in this pilot,” said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development. “The writing is thrilling, stories complex and scary, and we are excited to explore the themes of obsession and violence through these amazing creatures.”
“The Deep” joins other recently announced pickups, series and pilots including season six for comedy “Baby Daddy,” series “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After,” “Famous in Love,” “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” and pilots “Alone Together” and “Issues.”