Televisa has ordered 10 episodes of Scott Shepherd’s sci-fi thriller The Seventh Day, with Shepherd and his writing/producing partner Cindy McCreery, set to pen the scripts and serve as showrunners.
Televisa acquired rights to the post-apocalyptic Amazon serialized novel with subsequent seasons based on future books written by Shepherd. Piller/Segan Productions’ (The Dead Zone, Greek, Haven) Lloyd Segan will executive produce.
Set seven years after the Strangers decimated the planet, The Seventh Day follows Joad – who is half way around the world and one of the few left unharmed when most of humanity is obliterated – on his dangerous trek home to Nemo in the hope his wife waits for him. The journey with companions he reluctantly gains along the way takes them through a landscape equally beautiful and haunting, mysterious and magical.
The Seventh Day marks Televisa’s second high-volume episode commitment to an English-language series slated to be shot in Mexico following spy thriller Duality, starring Dougray Scott. Televisa USA’s Chris Philip will serve as an executive producer on both projects.
Shepherd and McCreery also wrote Televisa USA’s Parker, a series based on the Donald Westlake/Richard Stark novels.
“Through masterful storytelling, Scott and Cindy are once again weaving gripping stories into compelling television,” said Philip, head of production and distribution for Televisa USA. “Their masterful tales fit perfectly with the wide array of sets and terrain that Televisa has to offer in Mexico, where we plan to shoot all of the series we greenlight with our pioneering production and distribution venture.”
Shepherd commented, “The story is centered around a new world with a line drawn firmly in the sand between good and evil, in which the characters are given a second chance to choose which side to throw down on by making emotional, grounded and relatable decisions.”
Robb Rothman of The Rothman Brecher Agency brokered the deals with Televisa on behalf of both The Seventh Day and Duality.