Fox has picked up a supernatural crime drama series titled Houdini and Doyle, with its basis being the real-life friendship of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and famed illusionist Harry Houdini. The two struck up a friendship through their common interest in spiritualism. But while Doyle was a true believer, Houdini thought mediums were frauds. The new TV show is heading straight through series.
Houdini and Doyle is the brainchild of The Librarian creator David Titcher, House creator David Shore and House writer-producer David Hoselton. Here’s how Deadline describes the new series:
In Houdini And Doyle, two of the great characters of the 20th century —Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, and Doyle, creator of the world’s greatest detective and a paranormal aficionado — grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. Although they’re both rich, famous and brilliant, they’re the original odd couple, with Houdini believing in nothing, Doyle in everything.
The 10-episode series has also been picked up by ITV in the UK and by Shaw Media in Canada. With Sleepy Hollow having been renewed for a third season yesterday, it sounds like Fox is making a nice little niche for itself in the supernatural drama category. Will you be checking out Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini getting their supernatural sleuths on for Houdini and Doyle?