EXCLUSIVE: Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball is returning to the family drama genre with a new project, which has received a series order by HBO. This marks the first project under a new two-year overall deal Ball has signed with HBO where he has been for more than 15 years.
Created by Ball, the untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else? The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.
Ball is executive producing through his Your Face Goes Here banner alongside Peter Macdissi.
Oscar and Emmy winner Ball has been an HBO MVP. This is the third series he has created for the premium cable network, with the previous two, Six Feet Under and True Blood, both going the distance — airing for five and seven seasons, respectively — and becoming signature HBO dramas. Additionally, Ball executive produced the successful Cinemax drama series Banshee, which recently completed a four-year run. He also is executive producing alongside Oprah Winfrey HBO Films’ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which will debut in 2017 with Winfrey starring.
The Alan Ball show joins several upcoming HBO drama series with high-profile auspices as the network is looking to strengthen its drama brand beyond megahit Game of Thrones. The list of new series include Westworld, from JJ Abrams and Jonah Nolan; The Deuce, from David Simon; and Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams, from Marti Noxon based on Gillian Flynn’s book.
Ball is repped by UTA and attorney Alan Hergott.