SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

Houdini and Doyle - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini Supernatural Crime Drama Ordered to Series by FOX

Supernatural crime drama inspired by the unlikely real-life friendship between Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini is headed to the small screen in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. I’ve learned that Sony Pictures TV has sold the 10-episode series to Fox, U.K.’s ITV and Canada’s Shaw Media. Titled Houdini and Doyle, the drama, which will go straight to series, hails from The Librarian franchise creator David Titcher, House creator David Shore and House writer-producer David Hoselton. Canada’s Shaftesbury and UK’s Big Talk co-produce, with Sony TV, where Shore is under an overall deal, distributing worldwide. Fox had no comment.

In Houdini and Doyle, two of the great characters of the twentieth century – Harry Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker – and Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the greatest detective of all time, and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. Although they’re both rich, famous, and brilliant, they’re the original odd couple — Houdini believing in nothing, Doyle in everything.

Houdini and Doyle were born fifteen years apart into dramatically different families — Doyle, the educated product of a proper Scottish upbringing, and Houdini, the self-made son of a Hungarian immigrant. The two men, whose physical appearances also were in stark contrast, stroke an unusual and often rocky friendship based to their mutual interest in Spiritualism.