Fox has picked up a series inspired by the noted 20th century figures and real-life friends Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the Fox Network, along with ITV in the U.K. and Shaw Media in Canada, ordered “Houdini and Doyle.”
The 10-episode supernatural crime drama series is from Sony Pictures TV.
“The drama, which will go straight to series, hails from ‘The Librarian’ franchise creator David Titcher, ‘House’ creator David Shore and ‘House’ writer-producer David Hoselton. Canada’s Shaftesbury and UK’s Big Talk co-produce, with Sony TV, where Shore is under an overall deal, distributing worldwide,” Andreeva reports.
The script for the series, focusing on the friendship between the escape artist and the creator of Sherlock Holmes, is written by Titcher and Hoselton, who are also executive producing along with Shore.
Andreeva notes: “In ‘Houdini and Doyle,’ two of the great characters of the twentieth century — Harry Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, and Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the greatest detective of all time, and paranormal aficionado — grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. Although they’re both rich, famous, and brilliant, they’re the original odd couple — Houdini believing in nothing, Doyle in everything.”