Bryan Singer drama 'The Black Box' receives series order at ABC


A drama being executive produced by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer has been ordered to series by ABC.

'The Black Box' has been picked up for 13 episodes. The series focuses on Elizabeth Black, a neuroscientist who has accomplished a great deal in her life despite suffering from mental illness, a struggle that she hides from everyone close to her, including co-workers, family, friends and her fiancé. Apparently that is not the only secret that she hides from them, however.

In addition to Singer, Amy Holden Jones ("Mystic Pizza" and "The Relic"), Ilene Chaiken ('The L Word'), Oly Obst ("The Invention of Lying") and Anne Thompoulis ('Borgia') will be executive producing the show, which is being produced by Bold Films ("Legion"). 

Chaiken will also serve as the showrunner. She was going to serve as showrunner for an ABC series called 'Westside' that was to be about rival families in California, but that project did not move forward.

The anticipated debut date for the program is January. That is liable to change depending on how ABC's rookie shows perform in the fall, as this could get bumped up if any of them get cancelled.

Singer is also working on an adaptation of 'The Twilight Zone' at CBS.

ABC has now picked up eight drama series this season. Besides the one getting the most attention, 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', the others include 'Mind Games,' 'Betrayal,' 'Lucky 7,' 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,' 'Resurrection,' and 'Killer Women.'

You can learn about ABC's other new series, including these dramas, at TV Rage's Upfronts 2013-2014 section located here. Which ones sound the best to you so far?

- Bryan Singer

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 7th, 2013, 5:05 pm

Images courtesy of ABC


Message Posted On Jun 8th, 2013, 7:34 pm
I'll have to wait until promos come out to really judge it. The write-up sounds like it could be good, but I have my doubts because the executive producers' credits don't seem to fit the apparent darker theme and subject matter

Message Posted On Jun 7th, 2013, 11:37 pm
Looking at ABC's lineup it almost looks as if they've taken a page (or two) out of the CW's playbook and are trying to move in on their territory a bit. And just so you know ... tomorrow is LooraFlameDay! And no, it's not what it sounds like. It's quite the opposite. It's a day where I won't flame anyone (or anything), won't bite any heads off, promise not to rip off any limbs from stupid ppl and will try my very best to behave (well). In other words, I probably won't be using teh interwebz tomorrow :)

Message Posted On Jun 7th, 2013, 10:10 pm
I hope it won't be soapy female-centric "Do No Harm" remake. People had suffered enough already.

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Message Posted On Jun 7th, 2013, 6:28 pm

The concept for the show seems lacking... hopefully the secret they haven't revealed is a good hook.

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