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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Director Bryan Singer’s World War III Drama in the Works at Spike

Project is one of five new additions to network’s scripted slate

Spike TV is adding five new scripted series to its development slate.

The network, which recently found unscripted success with celebrity competition series “Lip Sync Battle,” is adding to its slate a batch of scripted projects including series about a family living in a world without privacy, the Gilded Age pioneers of criminal defense law and medical researchers pushing the boundaries of ethics and legality.

The slate also includes a new series from “X-Men: Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer about an American heartland that becomes occupied territory during World War III.

“Our slate is indicative of our goal to be a network that creates high-quality and dynamic scripted entertainment with a distinctive edge and point of view,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

See the complete list of the new series and their descriptions below:


“Bad Medicine”: This psychological horror series centers on a man in pain who is miraculously cured by a brilliant but unconventional doctor who specializes in clinical trials. The man goes all out to help this doctor find more breakthrough cures, only to realize that there are deadly consequences to the work the doctor does. Aaron Mendelsohn serves as writer, Nick Hamm as Executive Producer and Momentum TV as producers.

“Hummel & Howe”: Set in the late 19th century Gilded Age in New York City, this series showcases the wild cases and lives of William Howe and Abraham Hummel — two criminals desperate to escape their past who become the greatest criminal defense attorneys in American history. “Hummel & Howe” is written by Andy Bellin, and produced by Scott Aversano and Tom Gormican of Additional Dialogue and Endemol Shine Studios.

“Mr. In Between”: Based on a short story by acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley, this series focuses on a high-stakes courier who traffics sensitive information between people for whom privacy is a matter of life and death. Diane Houslin and Walter Mosley serve as producers.

“Secret America”: Set in the near future, this series explores a society where the threat of terrorism has turned the US government into an autocratic state. The show will chronicle the lives of one family as they fight for survival in a world where everyone is watched and no one can be fully trusted, and where patriotism is demanded, not earned. Alcon Television group President, Sharon Hall serves as Executive Producer, Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz as writers and Jaume Collet-Serra as director. Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson also serve as Executive Producers on this series.

“World War III”: As the world’s geopolitical balance shifts and the next global conflict explodes, America’s Heartland will become Occupied Territory. One man with a troubled past will galvanize a Resistance movement, calling upon ordinary citizens to become the extraordinary heroes of WWIII. Series is produced by Benay Bros. and Bad Hat Harry. Series is Executive Produced by Bryan Singer and written by creators Aaron & Matthew Benay.

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