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CBTVB: Fox Preps Newly Titled X-Men Series for the Fall

By Muuka Muyumba

Fox Studios and Fox TV are coming together for the first X-Men-based broadcast series, newly titled ‘Gifted’, for the upcoming fall slate.

The series has an interesting pedigree with the heart of the X-Men film series brain trust, Bryan Singer, Laura Shuler-Donner, and Simon Kinberg with Marvel Entertainment’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory all as executive producers. After the break out of Legion on FX Networks, Marvel and Fox have been fostering a partnership that had previously been frayed.

Marvel had long been rumored to be stifling any X-Men ancillary products like comics and toys due to Fox Studios owning the film rights to the heroes. However, this year, Legion has become a hit for FX after a long gestation, and now Gifted is set to bring the similarly storied newly-discovered-mutant-show to broadcast TV.

Gifted is being developed by ‘Burn Notice’ creator Matt Nix, and will revolve “…around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers.” The family is forced to go on the run from a hostile government agency. Now, if this sounds familiar, that’s because Legion has a similar story pitch, but is a blue freakfest of a series. Don’t expect Gifted to feature any obscenity or nudity like Legion has shown off so far. Gifted appears to be a play on the concept of Xavier’s School for Gifted Students, so maybe chase will lead them to the arms of professor Charles Xavier at the end of the first season.

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The series is not directly connected to the film universe, but will have clear allusions to the larger world of mutants.  Nix acknowledged recently that the series would likely follow in the wake of the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. Gifted is also said to be ‘highly serialized’ in about 10 to 13 episodes, which suggests a bit of a nod to Marvel’s Netflix series.

Gifted will star Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as Reed and Kate Stewart, as parents of the mutants, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White). The show also features Jamie Chung as Blink, Emma Dumont as Polaris, Coby Bell as Jace, Blair Redford as Thunderbird, and Sean Teale as Marcos.

Gifted will be the first slavishly X-Men series since Fox attempted to break out the New Mutants in a series called Generation X back in 1996.

No word yet on a premiere date.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter