SPECTRUM ORIGINALS GREENLIGHTS PARAMOUNT TELEVISION STUDIOS PRODUCED DRAMA "JOE PICKETT" STARRING MICHAEL DORMAN
Series led by famed filmmakers John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle and Red Wagon Entertainment
Los Angeles, Calif. (March 18, 2021) - Spectrum Originals has announced the ten-episode pickup of one-hour drama JOE PICKETT headlined by Michael Dorman (Patriot, For All Mankind). From creators, writers, directors, showrunners and executive producers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, and produced by Paramount Television Studios and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon Entertainment, the series follows a game warden (Dorman) and his family as they navigate the changing political and socio-economic climate in a small rural town in Wyoming. Surrounded by rich history and vast wildlife, the township hides decades of schemes and secrets that are yet to be uncovered. The series will air for a nine-month exclusive run on Spectrum.
"C.J. Box's brilliant and beloved JOE PICKETT novels draw you in with the quiet beauty of the Wyoming setting, but it's the characters that keep you riveted in their complexity, passion and unique points of view - for better or worse," said Katherine Pope, Head of Spectrum Originals. "Michael has the intensity, humanity and humor that Joe Pickett demands, and we couldn't have better partners in the incredible John Erick and Drew Dowdle, Paramount Television Studios and Red Wagon Entertainment to bring this world to life".
Says Paramount Television Studios President Nicole Clemens, "C.J. Box's JOE PICKETT novels truly have something for everyone - spellbinding storytelling, multifaceted characters, and of course the breathtaking setting of the Wyoming wilderness - and we couldn't be more excited to partner with Spectrum Originals, Red Wagon and John Erick and Drew Dowdle in bringing these characters to life. The Dowdles have a sharp instinct for the specificity of this rich world. Joe Pickett is a 'still waters run deep' character and so we feel unbelievably fortunate to have Michael Dorman, who brings amazing depth to this character."
"We fell in love with C.J Box's JOE PICKETT novels because of their nuanced take on morality in a morally ambiguous world," said creators, writers, directors, showrunners and executive producers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. "We became fascinated with Joe's obsession with the ideas of truth, fairness, and the order of things, and perhaps even more fascinated with the trauma that made him that way. These days, there is so much to relate to in the Pickett family's desire for a simpler life, and also in the notion that unresolved elements of our past tend to follow us wherever we go. Spending the last few years with the Pickett family has been one of the great joys of our careers, and we couldn't be more excited to bring them to life on screen."
The series comes from creators, writers, directors, showrunners and executive producers, John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Waco). Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher serve as executive producers for Red Wagon Entertainment. The series is based on The New York Times #1 bestselling book series by C.J. Box, who also serves as executive producer. Box's novels have sold millions of copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into 27 languages.
About Michael Dorman
Michael Dorman is a New Zealand born actor and musician who can currently be seen in Apple's FOR ALL MANKIND. On the feature side, Michael most recently starred opposite Elizabeth Moss in Universal's THE INVISIBLE MAN, directed by Leigh Whannell. A multi-faceted performer, Michael recently starred in Amazon's critically acclaimed Steve Conrad comedy-drama PATRIOT, where he also showcased his musical talents. Dorman began his career on the hit Australian tv show THE SECRET LIFE OF US and was also seen as the series lead of WONDERLAND. On the feature side, he has appeared opposite Russell Crowe in THE WATER DIVINER, KILLER ELITE, and DAYBREAKERS. Dorman is repped by WME, Management 360, and Shanahan Management.
About Spectrum Originals
Spectrum Originals is a premier destination for premium original series available exclusively to Spectrum video subscribers on-demand and ad-free. An initiative of Charter Communications, the service launched in 2019 with the Sony and Bruckheimer-produced drama "L.A.'s Finest," starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. Currently in production is Hitchcockian thriller, "Angela Black," created and produced by Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-winning producers Harry and Jack Williams and starring Golden Globe Winner(R) Joanne Froggatt, along with a CBS Studios co-produced, untitled six-episode drama series from Robert and Michelle King. Upcoming projects include a limited series co-production with Paramount Network, "George & Tammy," starring Oscar(R) nominee Jessica Chastain as country music legend Tammy Wynette, and "A Spy Among Friends," a period thriller created by Alexander Cary and produced in partnership with Sony and Britbox UK (the streaming service created by ITV). Currently airing on the platform are the Mark Strong-led thriller "Temple" along with popular limited series "Mad About You," "Manhunt: Deadly Games" and "Paradise Lost." More information on Spectrum Originals can be found at http://press.spectrumoriginals.com/
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About Paramount Television Studios
Paramount Television Studios is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio's robust slate includes "Defending Jacob" (Apple TV+), "Home Before Dark" (Apple TV+), Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" (Amazon), "13 Reasons Why" (Netflix), "The Alienist" (TNT), "The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness" (TNT), "The Haunting of Hill House" (Netflix), "The Haunting of Bly Manor" (Netflix), "Shantaram" (Apple TV+), "Made For Love" (HBO Max), Station Eleven (HBO Max), "Catch-22" (Hulu), "First Wives Club" (BET+), "Looking for Alaska" (Hulu), "Boomerang" (BET), "Briarpatch" (USA), and "Paradise Lost" (Spectrum Originals) among others. Paramount Television Studios is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.