David E. Kelley is developing a brand new series called “Avalon” with 20th Television and A+E Networks. ABC has issued a straight-to-series order, so we should expect the series to be released on ABC and Hulu in the United States and as a Star Original on Disney+ international. He has previously worked with Disney on a number of projects including ABC/Star Original “Big Sky”, Disney+ Original “Big Shot” and Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers”.
“Avalon” takes place in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, where L.A. Sheriff’s Department Detective Nicole “Nic” Searcy heads up a small office. Catalina has a local population that serves more than 1 million tourists a year, and each day when the ferries arrive, hundreds of potential new stories enter the island. Detective Searcy is pulled into a career-defining mystery that will challenge everything she knows about herself and the island.
The series is based on a short story called “Avalon” by Michael Connelly, which was part of a collection of shorts called “When A Stranger Comes To Town”.
“David E. Kelley is one of the great storytellers of our time and we are excited to continue our successful relationship with him on what we believe will be his next epic series on ABC,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. “Michael Connelly’s short story is ripe with mystery and intrigue, and we can’t wait for David and Michael to bring this eerie and captivating world to life.”
“Excited to reunite with Michael Connelly,” said David E. Kelley. “He’s written a fantastic short story, a great protagonist. Can’t wait to get started.”
“Being on a project with David E. Kelley again is amazing,” said Michael Connelly. “This whole team of David, A+E and Ross Fineman has been wonderful to work with previously; and now joining up with ABC, well, I can’t wait to start. Catalina is full of mystery and good storytelling. We’re going to put it on the screen.”
“I read Michael Connelly’s short story, moments after it was sent to me by Ross Fineman. The knowledge that David E. Kelley would be working with Michael to create ‘Avalon’ the series convinced me it would be a huge success,” said Barry Jossen, president, and head of A+E Studios. “‘Avalon’ will be an exciting collaboration for A+E Studios, Fineman, ABC, 20th Television and two great generational talents – Kelley and Connelly.”
This series will be released in ABC’s 2022-2023 programming slate.
David E. Kelley is going to be writing the pilot with Michael Connely, who will both executive produce the series, alongside Fineman Entertainment’s Ross Fineman and A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson.
Are you looking forward to another new series from David E Kelly?