EXCLUSIVE: Turn co-star Angus Macfadyen is set for one of the lead roles in The Pinkertons, Canadian companies Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures’ upcoming 22-episode action-adventure detective series that is set to premiere in first-run syndication in the U.S. this fall. It has been cleared in more than 85% of the country by Rohrs Media Group on station groups including Tribune, Weigel, Hearst, LIN, Meredith, Cox and the CW PLUS.
Drawing on the real cases of Pinkerton Detective Agency, The Pinkertons follows founder Allan Pinkerton (Macfadyen), his son, William, and America’s first female detective, Kate Warne, as they solve crimes throughout the “Wild West” of the 1860s (Pinkerton is known for revolutionizing detective work by developing use of surveillance, undercover work and the mug shot). In part because of his commitment to AMC drama Turn, on which he is a regular, Macfadyen is will be a recurring guest star on The Pinkertons, not appearing in all episodes. Turn was renewed in June for a 10-episode second season to air in the spring.
The Pinkertons was created by Kevin Abrams (via his company Alpine Labs) and Adam Moore, who wrote the pilot. It is executive produced by Rosetta president Suzanne Berger and Buffalo Gal president Phyllis Laing. “Our series captures a time when people were living outside the law and the Pinkerton Detective Agency filled that void,” says Laing. Added Berger, “Angus Macfadyen is perfect for the part of Allan Pinkerton; he brings an authentic, energetic sensibility to this iconic character.” Abrams and Moore also serve as executive producers and writers, alongside Canadian showrunners and executive producers Larry Lalonde and Phil Bedard (Murdoch Mysteries). Amuse Group USA – a subsidiary of a Japanese entertainment company Amuse Inc. – is also co-financing the project. Pre-production has begun in Winnipeg and Toronto. Zodiak Rights, the international distribution arm of Zodiak Media, will handle international distribution.
Peleton Entertainment’s Todd Berger packaged and arranged financing for the series. Abrams and Moore and Alpine Labs are repped by attorney Larry Weinberg; Macfadyen is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Brad Kramer; Bedard and Lalonde are repped by manager Bruce Brown.