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CBS has given the green light to hour long drama The Get according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is executive produced and written by 11.22.63 showrunner Bridget Carpenter. The programs logline defines it as a “workplace drama” while highlighting its focus on the field of journalism.
“From 11.22.63 showrunner Bridget Carpenter, the workplace drama centers on a team of tireless internet journalists who pursue and expose the stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.”
With their order for The Get, CBS has now ordered pilots for four hour long dramas. Others include legal procedural Perfect Citizen, Killer Instinct starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Eyes Wide Shut), and space drama Mission Control. All four series, as well as two greenlit comedies, are produced by CBS Television Studios.
Carpenter’s time travel drama 11.22.63, co-executive produced with J.J. Abrams, has been well received by most critics. The Hulu mini-series stars James Franco in the role of a recently divorced man sent back in time to thwart the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and his struggles to remain detached from the lull of a simpler time. The series puts Carpenter and Abram’s talent for breathtaking cinematography coupled with interesting characters on full display. Transitioning that distinct style into a modern setting, where accusations of “fake news” are rampant and web based news is overtaking traditional media, there’s no doubt that The Get will have plenty of topics to analyze.
In addition to her work on 11.22.63, Carpenter played a role in the first season of HBO’s monster fall hit Westworld, another Abrams project, as a consulting producer. She is also credited for series such as NBC’s Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. While 11.22.63 and Westworld focus on peeling back layers of carefully constructed mystery, it remains to be seen how Carpenter’s knack for world building will come into play in a series centered on the modern world of journalism. Judging from her resume, viewers can expect compelling, deeply human characters and a heaping helping of intrigue.