ABC orders paranormal series 'Weird Desk'

It looks like someone is set to inherit some of Mulder and Scully's old workload.


ABC has given the greenlight to not only a pilot but a 13 episode commitment to the new mystery supernatural drama "Weird Desk." The new series, said to be in the vein of the Fox's "X-Files," is written by Carl Binder ("Stargate") and David Titcher ("The Librarian"), and will be produced by Canadian production company Shaftesbury and ABC Studios.

"Weird Desk" will revolve around a top-level organization above the CIA and NSA that tackles mysterious intelligence related to the paranormal, supernatural, and sometimes extra-terrestrial. The clandestine unit is led by Morgan, a brilliant but socially awkward man, and his partner Rosetta, a former special forces officer. Shaftesbury's co-heads Tom Mazza and Maggie Murphy will serve as executive producers on the new series.

With "X-Files" long gone and "Supernatural" looking long in the tooth, "Weird Desk" has the potential to fulfill that paranormal television niche that will be left behind. Skipping the pilot process and going straight to series speaks volumes on the confidence ABC must have in the new series, so I'm hopeful this could take off. Although let's do something about that bland title, please.

What do you think about this new series?

- The X-Files
- Maggie Murphy
- Tom Mazza
- Carl Binder
- David N. Titcher

Written by: kyleiam
Dec 5th, 2012, 3:51 pm


Message Posted On Dec 6th, 2012, 12:40 am
Oh dear, just looked at the link, the original is Australian with Australian humor, I hope I am wrong but most attempts to convert from Australian (or British for that matter) doesn't usually work as they miss the point or the essence (Kath and Kim, the unaired red dwarf pilots), in the Australian series the hero?!? is relegated to a caravan not a light house and Gregor is not a lighthouse keeper he is pretty much the local kook (conspiracy theorist) though I do like the touch when this old guy (Gregor 70+) is always using his smartphone and using email and tweets and when he takes a photo the default camera sound has been replaced with a sound grab of Gregor saying "Say cheese"

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Message Posted On Dec 5th, 2012, 7:23 pm

Check the link I posted. ABC was supposed to be developing an American version of Strange Calls. Perhaps the two shows could complement each other on the same night.


Message Posted On Dec 5th, 2012, 6:13 pm
Ummm Strange Calls is from ABC Australia not ABC America big difference, plus it is more comedy than drama season 1 is complete (6 episodes no word on renewal yet)

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Message Posted On Dec 5th, 2012, 5:04 pm

I wonder where that leaves the Strange Calls project, also at ABC. It sounded pretty good and the Australian series looked funny from the trailer, but it might be too similar.

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