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BBC America developing two new genre series: Wired and The Dead Beat

02.28.2012by: Eric Walkuski

BBC AMERICA announced today that it will develop two new distinctive series, "Wired" and "The Dead Beat", with UK indie Clerkenwell Films, producers of the hit UK sci-fi series "Misfits". "Wired", a sci-fi program from writer Steven Volk ("Afterlife"), and "The Dead Beat", a paranormal crime show from writer John Jackson ("Being Human"), are the first series created out of the non-exclusive development deal between BBC AMERICA and Clerkenwell Films, which was announced in September 2011. Both series will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.

"Wired" takes place in a world that looks exactly like today, except for one thing: this is a world with ‘Syns’ (‘Synthetic Organisms’), exact replicas of human beings and the newest luxury accessory money can buy. Wired explores our evolving relationship with technology, the boundaries of society’s values and moralities, our hypocrisies and contradictions - holding up a mirror to who we are today and what we might become.

In "The Dead Beat", two cops, one dead and one alive, become a reluctant team, working from leads in the world of the dead to track down killers in the world of the living. Subverting the crime genre, The Dead Beat brings a whole new meaning to cold cases, underworld informants, dead leads and buried evidence.

Oh, don't you just love puns?!

In all honesty, both shows sound like they have major potential (even if we've seen variations on both ideas more than a few times in the past). Once they start loading up with creative talent, we'll let you in on it.

Extra Tidbit: Doesn't "The Dead Beat" sound a little like DEAD HEAT, or even the upcoming R.I.P.D. (which co-stars Marissa Miller, above)?
Source: AITH

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6:14PM on 02/28/2012
Wired = Surrogates: Dead Beat = Dead Heat. Let's move on to ORIGINAL ideas shall we?
Wired = Surrogates: Dead Beat = Dead Heat. Let's move on to ORIGINAL ideas shall we?
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