Aside from “Lost” ABC doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to TV shows with a supernatural bent. The Disney-owned network hopes to change that this coming summer with a new paranormal procedural with the peculiar title “Weird Desk”.
Deadline reports that ABC has ordered 13 episodes – forget the pilot, this is going straight to series – of an “X-Files”-ish new series entitled “Weird Desk” from “Stargate” TV scribe Carl Binder and David Titcher, writer of TNT’s The Librarian teleplays.
Based on the alleged real-life mysteries from this world and beyond, it centers on the workings of a clandestine organization rumored to be named “Weird Desk.” Working above the levels of top secret and above the office of the President, the unit is the destination for mysterious intelligence rerouted from the CIA and NSA. Tasked with investigating and solving occurrences of the paranormal, supernatural and sometimes extra-terrestrial, “Weird Desk” is led by Morgan, an obstinate, socially inept and brilliant man who would now be dead if it weren’t for his special forces trained partner, Rosetta.
So it’s basically “The X-Files” if Fox Mulder was more like a nerdy “Sherlock” and Dana Scully specialized in martial arts and firearms instead of medicine? As long as it’s better than the last time ABC attempted to clone “The X-Files” with that godawful name-only reboot of “Kolchak the Night Stalker”.
Canadian production company Shaftesbury will produce the series set to premiere on ABC sometime in the summer of 2013. Expect casting news shortly after the new year.
I’m going to go ahead and speculate the show will be cancelled by fall because I just have a hard time imagining a show called “Weird Desk” being something that stays on the air longer than six episodes.
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