by Christopher Wunderlich
It’s the height of World War II. She’s a secretary for the FBI. Something has happened to her husband over the South Pacific, and she’s intent on finding the truth. Was he captured by the Japanese? Stranded on an island? Killed in combat? If you said “attacked by aliens”, Horizon might just be your new favourite show.
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and writer/co-exec Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice) are spearheading the pilot for USA Network, hoping to find their place as the new female-fronted drama after the cancellation of both Fairly Legal and Common Law. This is apparently the first period piece to ever grace the network, and the only genre piece since The 4400, which was able to run from 2004-2007.
Gale Anne Hurd on a Walking Dead Panel at SDCC
If picked up, Horizons would join the ranks of hit TV shows like Burn Notice, Psych and Suits on America’s number 1 cable channel. So are we ready for a dramatic female-driven period/genre piece revolving around a secretary bent on stopping an alien invasion during WWII, produced by two women that have had their hands in some of television’s biggest hits? I’d say we’re due.