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Development: CBS commits to DC's Secret Six; NBC nabs The Last American Vampire

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Oct 10, 2018, 10:45 PM EDT

Shady superheroes and lonely vampires make up the latest development roundup as CBS orders a Secret Six pilot and NBC commits to a script based on the novel The Last American Vampire.

First up, Variety reports that CBS has agreed to a production commitment to developing a pilot based on the DC Comics superteam Secret Six. The team consists of morally dubious characters, each with their own unique powers and checkered past, who get blackmailed into working together and exposing the rampant corruption in politics and business.

There's no word on which characters are being lined up for the pilot as of yet, or whether it will tie in to other existing DC properties. Past members of the team have included the likes of Harley Quinn, Bane, and Lex Luthor, but it's a safe bet that any character currently tied up in another DCEU project will be off the table.

Still, whoever winds up on the final roster, DC's had a hot streak adapting its characters for the small screen, so they're clearly banking on their luck to continue.

(via Variety)

Next up, NBC has given a script commitment to adapt Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel The Last American Vampire, per a report from Deadline.

The story follows Henry Sturges, who first appeared as a side character in Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In the sequel, Sturges is believed to be the last of his kind, and has been kept under lock and key for the past four decades. Only after some grisly murders point to a vampire resurgence, Sturges is released to partner with an FBI analyst (and mortal) named Abby.

Grahame-Smith will produce alongside his partner David Katzenberg, as well as Terry Matalas, the former showrunner on SYFY's 12 Monkeys. Matalas will also be penning the script.

Sturges was previously played by Preacher star (and the MCU's original Howard Stark) Dominic Cooper in the 2012 adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. There's no word on who will take on the role for the small screen.

With The Last American Vampire, NBC appears to be continuing its foray into supernatural horror, as Midnight, Texas is about to start its sophomore season.

(via Deadline)