Epix Is Developing Scripted Series From the Elizabethan, Arthurian and Reagan Eras

TCA 2020: Premium-cable channel is also developing some docuseries, including one about Lizzie Borden and “Satanic Panic”

Epix has put into development a trio of scripted series: one that takes place in King Arthur’s time, another from the Elizabethan era and the third in 1984.

“The Winter King,” a drama series adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s trilogy of Arthurian novels “The Warlord Chronicles,” hails from Bad Wolf.

“Gibson Station,” from producer/writer/director Edward Burns, is a dramedy set in 1984 that revolves around three 20-something best friends setting out to pursue their dreams and seek out their place in Ronald Reagan’s America.

“A Column of Fire” is based on the novel by international best-selling author Ken Follett. The Elizabethan-era drama follows the romance between Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald and is written by Lizzie Mickery and produced by Snowed-In Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Ruth Kenley-Letts and Mickery are executive producers.

And here are three docuseries the premium-cable channel just put into development.

“Fall River”
1979 — Fall River, Massachusetts — hometown of the notorious Lizzie Borden. Three young women were killed in a series of brutal murders. Police alleged a satanic cult was practicing human sacrifice. The cult leader, a man named Carl Drew, was captured and sent to prison for life without parole. Twenty years after the trial, the lead investigator became so haunted by inconsistencies in the stories that he re-investigated his own case after he retired. Evidence surfaced bringing the entire story into question.

This documentary series will tell the shocking true story of a town caught in the grips of the “Satanic Panic,” with new witnesses and evidence that shed light on murders that were thought to have been solved. “Fall River” is produced by Blumhouse Television and Pyramid Productions. James Buddy Day serves as executive producer and director.

“Fiasco”
From the creators of “Slow Burn” comes a new podcast documentary about politics, power and uncertainty. Host Leon Neyfakh will transport listeners into the day-to-day reality of our country’s most pivotal historical events, bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present. Season 1 of “Fiasco” will tell the story of the contested 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and the extraordinary legal battle that followed in Florida.

“Fiasco” is produced by Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects and Luminary Media, LLC.  Neyfakh, Steven Fisher and Andrew Parsons serve as executive producers, along with Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver for Left/Right Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company.

“Songs That Changed the World”
Directed by Emmy Award winner Thom Zimny and executive produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, this four-part doc series looks into those transcendent moments when music was able to do what no other social force could: speak to our minds, hearts and souls and lead us to higher ground…and in so doing transform us…whether we knew we needed to or not.  In addition to Zimny and Browne, Armyan Bernstein (for Beacon Pictures) will executive produce.

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