ABC Opens The ‘Weird Desk’ In 2013

Next summer, ABC is adding a new genre series to its lineup.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this week, CBS announced its plan to launch a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” next summer. And apparently it won’t be the only competition on the broadcast networks.

Deadline is reporting that ABC is also jumping into the mix with “Weird Desk,” a new paranormal investigation series from “Stargate SG-1” veteran Carl Binder and David Titcher (The Librarian). "Weird Desk" will receive a 13 episode first season; which is expected to debut in summer 2013.

The premise for the series is that all paranormal, supernatural and extraterrestrial incidents within the U.S. are handled by an organization nicknamed “Weird Desk;” which operates above the authority of the CIA, the FBI and the President.

The Weird Desk is led by a man named Morgan, who is described as “an obstinate, socially inept and brilliant man,” who owes his ongoing survival to Rosetta, his “special forces trained partner.” If that sounds similar to the Mulder and Scully dynamic from “The X-Files,” it isn’t a coincidence. Even the Deadline report invokes the comparison between the two series.

Summer is traditionally a dead zone for scripted content on broadcast networks, but ABC has previously found success while broadcasting the Canadian drama “Rookie Blue.” Potentially, NBC could also jump into the summer programming game with “Dracula” or the upcoming pirate drama, “Crossbones.” Neither of those series currently have a place on NBC’s schedule.


What are your thoughts on the premise of “Weird Desk”? Will it be able to bring viewers away from the summer cable dramas? Let us know in the comment section below!