A new TV series that teams up two private investigators with the ability to see into the future has the potential to be an offbeat show that could gain a loyal cult following. NBC recently purchased just such a show, Six Months, Three Days, based on the Hugo Award-winning novelette from io9’s Charlie Jane Anders.
According to Deadline, former MTV programming chief David Janollari is joining forces with Krysten Ritter’s Silent Machine Entertainment to bring the hour-long series Six Months, Three Days to NBC airwaves. The show is described as a light procedural about two San Francisco private investigators. One is an upbeat, free-spirited idealist, and the other is a swoon-worthy, brooding fatalist. Both of them can see into the future. The pair knows their relationship will go from antagonistic rivalry to fairy-tale true love, while at the same time, they both know that one of them is going to die in exactly six months and three days. The big question is, which one?
With the right tone, Six Months, Three Days seems like it might be in the same vein as Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies from 2007. Both TV shows have a whimsical, fairy tale quality to them, wrapped around a bit of detective procedural. While Pushing Daisies was canceled after two seasons, the show gained a cult following that still demands more episodes. With Krysten Ritter attached, Six Months, Three Days has the makings of being another cult show, who can cater to fans of Ritter’s previous effort, Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23.
Charlie Jane Anders wrote the novelette in 2011 for Tor.com. The short novel follows Doug and Judy, two precognitives. Doug has the ability to see “the future”, while Judy can see “many possible futures”. They fall in love, even though they both know that their relationship will last exactly six months and three days, and will end very badly.
The novelette was nominated for a Nebula Award and a Theodore Sturgeon Award in 2011. It won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette in the same year. Rachel Swirsky, the vice president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, described Six Months, Three Days as a “philosophical contrast between determinism and free will.” It sounds very interesting, to say the least.
The beautiful Krysten Ritter is best known for her roles as Jane Margolis on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 on ABC was short-lived, but continues to grow a cult following. Ritter also appeared in the movies 27 Dresses, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and She’s Out of My League, and the TV shows Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Gravity, and Veronica Mars.
Eric Garcia, the author of Matchstick Men, will write the television adaptation, while Krysten Ritter and David Janollari are set to executive produce with Silent Machine Entertainment’s Lindsey Liberatore. The new series has yet to land a director for the pilot episode and stars to play the star-crossed lovers. David Janollari developed MTV’s Awkward and Hot Mess with writer Lauren Iungerich, while Silent Machine Entertainment recently set up three projects at NBC.
If you’re interested the Six Months, Three Days novelette is still available for your reading pleasure at Tor.com.