Jordan Peele

Development roundup: Jordan Peele gets Weird; American Horror Story sets debut; Doctor Who finally resets composer

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Jun 28, 2018

Today’s development news covers Jordan Peele, American Horror Story, and Doctor Who. To say this is a triangle of extremes would be an understatement. Here’s what’s going on:

YouTube has given a straight-to-series order for Peele’s new comedy/sci-fi anthology series Weird City. According to Deadline, Peele is teaming with Emmy nominated writer Charlie Sanders (Key and Peele), and the series will debut on YouTube Premium in 2019 with six episodes. Jose Molina (Marvel’s Agent Carter) will be the showrunner.

The series will be set in the city of Weird in the future, and will tackle present-day issues with stories that can only be told with comedy and sci-fi. It sounds like it will be Portlandia for the sci-fi fan, and that’s not a bad thing.

In a statement, Peele said, “Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters’ ... Now, with YouTube, we present a series of comedy-driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.”


Today’s second development story is the announcement that Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story will return for its eighth season on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. With news that this season will feature a Coven/Murder House crossover, fans will be tuning in for sure.


With Jodie Whittaker's debut as the first female Doctor this year, the BBC has also hired a new composer. Segun Akinola will take on the duties of bringing new music to the new Doctor with a “fresh take” on the classic theme song. Murray Gold, the former composer, had been on the job since 2005.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Akinola said, “Doctor Who is woven into the fabric of British culture and recognized globally. I am absolutely thrilled to be given the privilege of working on such a beloved series and to bring my musical voice to it.”