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Joshua Jackson to Star in Ryan Murphy Series at ABC

Joshua Jackson is returning to network TV, starring in an ABC series from Ryan Murphy.

Jackson will star in a drama titled Dr. Odyssey, which the network has ordered straight to series. Details on the project, written by Murphy, Jon Robin Baitz and Joe Baken, are being kept under wraps — ABC didn’t even provide a logline for the show.

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The series is slated to premiere in the fall for ABC and will be the first new broadcast show from Murphy’s eponymous production company since 911: Lone Star premiered on Fox in early 2020. Disney’s 20th Television is producing with Ryan Murphy Television.

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It also marks the first network series for Jackson since Fox’s Fringe ended in 2013. The actor, who broke out on Dawson’s Creek in the late 1990s, recently starred in Paramount+’s Fatal Attraction and the first season of Peacock’s anthology Dr. Death; he’ll also be part of Sony Pictures’ next Karate Kid film.

Dr. Odyssey will join the Murphy-produced 911 on ABC, with the latter having moved from Fox beginning with this season (spinoff 911: Lone Star remains at Fox, with its next season due in 2024-25). Murphy, who signed a nine-figure deal at Netflix in 2018, left the streamer when the deal ended. He still has a number of projects from his pre-Netflix days at 20th on the air, including 911 and FX’s American Horror Story and Feud, along with the upcoming American Sports Story.

Baitz (ABC’s Brothers and Sisters) wrote and executive produced Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, which concluded March 13 on FX. Baken was an associate producer for the season and has also worked as a writer and producer of American Horror Stories, the episodic anthology offshoot of American Horror Story that streams on Hulu, and Murphy’s upcoming FX show Grotesquerie.

Murphy, Baitz and Baken will executive produce Dr. Odyssey with Jackson, director Paris Barclay, Eric Paquette, Alexis Martin Woodall, Eric Kovtun, Scott Robertson and Nissa Diederich.

Jackson is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Imprint and Hansen Jacobson.

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