Netflix orders thriller-drama from ‘Damages’ creators

Does the chatter about Netflix being the new black have another talking point to keep it going? The popular online streaming site announced Monday that it has ordered a new psychological thriller series from “Damages” creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler.

The yet-to-be-titled one-hour drama will center on a family of adult siblings whose troubled secrets and issues come to light when their black sheep brother returns home.

“We were spellbound after hearing Todd, Glenn and Daniel’s pitch, and knew Netflix was the perfect home for this suspenseful family drama that is going to have viewers on the edge of their seats,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, in a statement. “Their work on ‘Damages’ was truly ahead of its time and we’re proud to be bringing our viewers this upcoming series.”

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The 13-episode first season will begin production in early 2014 and will be backed by Sony Pictures Television, the first major studio to get into business with Netflix. Kessler, Zelman and Kessler will serve as executive producers.

The trio, who dub themselves KZK, co-created the legal thriller “Damages,” which originally aired on FX before moving to DirecTV channel Audience Network.

The announcement comes as Netflix has found success -- either through critical acclaim or buzz -- with its foray into original programming, which this year included “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black” and a rebooted “Arrested Development.”

A launch date for the series has not been announced.


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