March 28, 2012 – With The Walking Dead a huge success for AMC, A&E is also stepping into the paranormal arena with the graphic novel that was created by Rosario Dawson and David Atchison.
According to THR, Gale Anne Hurd, who helped with bringing zombies to primetime television is teaming up with Dawson to bring about paranormal brouhaha with O.C. T. which is an acronym for NYPD’s Occult Crimes Taskforce.
Though it is still in its early stages, A&E seems to be receptive to the idea of more scripted dramas, especially with the successes of the few they have on television now (Breakout Kings, The Glades), and O.C.T. seems the perfect vehicle for the channel to break out like AMC did with The Walking Dead.
Never heard of this graphic novel? Well the drama will focus on Sophia Ortiz who is a new member of the special task force. This crime unit was created after the Civil War to make the city streets of New York safe from black magic users, demons from other dimensions, creatures of the night considered unholy, and all other supernatural no-nos. At the heart of the story is the ongoing struggle between the O.C. T. detectives and an organized demon-force attempting to take over Manhattan.
The station house for the OCT detectives is located near a hot spot of paranormal activity and it is their job to monitor and keep humanity safe.
Sounds like a mix between Torchwood (s01/02) and Buffy the Vampire and the Hellmouth with a bit of Men in Black thrown in for good measure. Even so, I am excited to check this series out. I did get a chance to read one of the graphic novels when I attended Comic Con in 2007. Rosario Dawson was there with her co-creator signing autographs and had mine signed by them and was amazed at how down to Earth she was. It was also my first official comic and I can tell you, once this series gets going, it could be the next great offering to sci-fi/fantasy television.
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