Not long after receiving the news that The CW had canceled the Sarah Michelle Gellar thriller Ringer, its creators, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, have managed to garner some interest from NBC regarding a new mysterious-sounding gothic thriller to be set in New Orleans.
That is certainly good news for the writing partners, as Ringer went from being touted as the return of Buffy Summers and one of the most buzz-worthy shows of the 2011 fall schedule, to something of a dud in terms of what critics had to say about it and the ratings it managed to grab. Not surprisingly, after its initial 22-episode first season, The CW’s interest identity-swapping twin sisters waned, and network executives gave Ringer the boot.
The new series – which is being described as one “rich with tradition, superstition and murder” –has been given a blind script commitment from the network, likely due to Charmelo and Snyder’s upcoming work on NBC’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde midseason replacement drama, Do No Harm, where they will be serving as executive producers.
So far, further details on the series are scant, though the inevitable comparisons to Ringer do exist. As such, there are more questions than answers right now, which is largely due to the fact that with a blind script commitment, there may not actually be a whole lot in terms of firm details. However brief the description, the notion of “superstition” and “murder” wrapped up in a gothic thriller lead one to believe that, while it may not be have the supernatural elements of American Horror Story or ABC’s upcoming 666 Park Avenue, the as-yet untitled drama might be going for something that, in terms of the series’ potential tone, would find itself somewhere between Ringer and American Horror Story.
Charmelo and Snyder have had some experience working within the horror genre, as their previous work includes writing a handful of episodes on the long-running CW series, Supernatural. With the rest of their resume including programs like ‘Til Death Do Us Part and the TV movies, Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber and I Do (But I Don’t), it’s clear that the duo’s comfort zone is indeed centered somewhere between specters and socialites.
Considering NBC is currently in a rebuilding phase (which means the network’s content is all over the map), there’s no telling which story elements Charmelo and Snyder will be asked to play up as (or rather, if) work on this new gothic series continues to move forward. With darker dramas like Hannibal and Mockingbird Lane currently in the works, another stylish drama with murky thematic undercurrents might pair nicely with Bryan Fuller’s new programs. On the other hand, a show capable of attracting a strong female demographic could be just what the flailing network needs right now.
Naturally, in terms of casting, speculation that Gellar might be invited to join Charmelo and Snyder over at NBC will likely begin once movement on this new series commences.
Screen Rant will keep you posted as more details surrounding Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder’s new drama are made available.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter