The network has given a straight-to-series order to American Gothic, a murder-mystery drama from former Good Wife writer Corinne Brinkerhoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Set among the world of Boston elites, the series follows a prominent family grappling with the revelation that their recently deceased patriarch might have been a serial killer. The discovery sets off struggles within the clan, including the fear that one of their own might have been his accomplice.
"With American Gothic, Corinne Brinkerhoff has created the perfect CBS summer mystery, filled with suspense, intrigue and an explosive ending that will leave you breathless," said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. "It feels like a compelling summer novel that we can deliver to our viewers in 13 one-hour chapters."
American Gothic will join returning drama Zoo, returning reality show Big Brother and new series BrainDead, which hails from Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, on CBS's summer slate. The pickup also comes one month after CBS decided to end Under the Dome, the network's first big foray into airing original scripted series in the summer.
Brinkerhoff, who got her start writing for Boston Legal, was a writer and supervising producer on The Good Wifefor several seasons. She's also written for Elementary and most recently served as co-EP on Jane the Virgin.
The American Gothic news also comes at the end of a busy week for Frey, who recently sold three projects to NBC, Syfy and E!
Brinkerhoff is repped by UTA and attorneys Ken Richman and Melissa Fox.