Murder Mystery ‘American Gothic’ Gets Series Order at CBS

CBS has given a straight-to-series order for “American Gothic,” planning a summer premiere for the one-hour murder mystery revolving around the patriarch of a prominent Boston family.

The 13-episode series is penned by “Good Wife” and “Jane the Virgin” alum Corinne Brinkerhoff and hails from Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios. She is exec producing along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television and James Frey of Full Fathom Five.

It is not to be confused with the Eye’s 1995 Shaun Cassidy and Sam Raimi show of the same name.

“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 Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment. “It feels like a compelling summer novel that we can deliver to our viewers in 13 one-hour chapters.”

The series is set to broadcast during summer 2016 and, as with some of CBS’ past properties, there will be a streaming video on demand window. (Variety is told discussions are already in talks with usual players like Amazon and Netflix). It will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

The news makes for a bittersweet day for Amblin TV and CBS, as it comes a few hours after the broadcaster announced the cancellation of Amblin’s Halle Berry-starring summer series “Extant.”

CBS’ summer schedule also includes “BrainDead,” a new political-minded comicbook thriller from “Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, and the return of drama “Zoo” and long-running reality series, “Big Brother.”

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