Late-night talk-show host and former Doctor Who guest star James Corden is developing a sci-fi show for CBS while Emerald City co-creator Matthew Arnold is working on an adaption of a supernatural podcast for NBC in this network series development roundup.
First up, Fulwell 73, the production company behind James Corden’s late-night talk show – and of which Corden is a partner – is developing a science fiction drama series for CBS, Variety has revealed. The series, entitled Embody, centers on a recently-blinded special agent who volunteers for an experimental government program that transfers her consciousness into someone else’s body, enabling her to both see…and fight crime.
Chai Hecht will write and co-executive produce the series in his foray into television. CBS Television Studios will produce the series.
Meanwhile, over at NBC, Deadline is reporting that Matthew Arnold, Paul Bae, Terry Miles, Entertainment 360 and Universal TV are developing a supernatural drama based on The Black Tapes podcast for the network.
Based on the podcast by Bae and Miles, The Black Tapes adaptation follows a journalist who investigates the unexplained supernatural mysteries caught on tape by a skeptical scientist. Each week, the reporter and scientist will explore the ghosts, both literal and figurative, that haunt them.
The podcast, which began airing in 2015, is a sci-fi/horror soap opera designed to mimic the style and tone of such true crime podcasts as Serial. What starts out as a biography of a skeptic embarking on a mission to debunk claims of the supernatural eventually becomes an exploration of his unsolved cases (the eponymous “Black Tapes”) and paranormal culture.
The Black Tapes podcast has accumulated 41.5 million downloads to-date, consistently ranking on Apple’s iTunes Arts chart in the top 10 in America, and top 50 in Canada, Australia and the U.K.
After the airing of the podcast's 12-episode debut season in 2015 and a 12-episode second season airing in 2016, a truncated, six-episode third season aired in August 2017 and ended on a cliffhanger over a year ago.