In a move to bolster its lineup of scripted series, Fox has picked up The Service, a new offering in the mystery drama genre. The upcoming one hour series is written by Drew Lindo, known for his work on The CW’s Reign and The 100. He will executive produce alongside Martin Gero, who created Blindspot for NBC and The LA Complex for The CW, as well as Warner Bros. Television. The show has been given a script commitment plus penalty, and will be a co-production between Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment.
The Service kicks off when Maya Ford, a journalist, encounters her friend Josh in New York after he had been missing for a decade. In the years since his disappearance, Josh has come to work for a mysterious and secretive organization that, according to Deadline, “creates elaborate public deceptions to change the lives of its clients.” As Maya gets closer to the organization, she learns that it is more powerful and influential than she could ever have imagined.
Fox network landed the mystery drama as a part of a greater effort to bolster its slate of narrative shows. It is currently trying to rebuild its scripted lineup through a number of co-productions like The Service following the sale of its production studio to Disney earlier this year. In the aftermath of that sale, the broadcaster has found a frequent collaborator in Warner Bros. Television.
Currently, Warner and Fox are also co-producing the drama Prodigal Son, which recently saw its first season extended from 13 to 22 episodes. On the comedic front, they are also partners on Carla, a comedy from Big Bang Theory Alums Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik that was given a series order by Fox last month.
Fox has yet to announce a target date for The Service’s debut.