Fellow Psych-os, today marks the return of James Roday to his comedically gory roots.
According to Deadline, Syfy has recently optioned a brand new series for their action-focused audience. The series, Blood Drive, drops the audience in a quasi-apocalyptic future where Arthur Bailey (played by Alan Ritchson) and Grace (Christina Ochoa) are forced to team up. Bailey embodies a straitlaced good cop, much to Grace’s chagrin, but she is surprised to quickly learn that this do-gooder might do whatever is possible to stay alive.
Blood Drive has already been given the straight-to-series order, so we will be seeing at least thirteen episodes of this new Syfy drama.
Blood Drive was created by James Roland, who also served as the writer for the pilot episode. This is the first televised series that Roland has created, but he has dabbled in the dark worlds of House of the Dead 2, Mad Men, and Weeds. John Hlavin (Shooter), David Straiton (Bates Motel), and Fredrik Malmberg (Conan the Barbarian) will also executive produce. Straiton is even set to direct for an unspecified number of episodes.
Along with Straiton, it was announced that James Roday will direct two episodes of Blood Drive. Although Roday is known for his wonderfully absurd character in the long-running USA program Psych (which ended its eight year run in 2014), Roday is no stranger to the darker side of TV. His first directing credit was as far back as 2009, when he began directing episodes of Psych that were noticeably more sinister than the rest. The episode “Tuesday the 17th” played with the Friday the 13th motif at an abandoned horror youth camp, and the iconic “Heeeeeere’s Lassie” episode followed the slow descent of madness that the loveable curmudgeon, Lassiter, sank into after moving into a new apartment (à la The Shining).
Roday even wrote and directed the horror-comedy Gravy, which was released in 2015. Starring Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, and the incomparable Sutton Foster, Gravy is an odd but gruesome story about a group of people who take hostages in order to feed their less-than-normal appetites (in this case, human flesh). With that in mind, Blood Drive seems like a natural progression from there.
The SyFy series is currently in production in South Africa, but is rumored to air sometime in 2017.