WGN America Acquires 'Bellevue' Scripted Series

Canadian-produced series is network's first since cancellation of 'Underground,' 'Outsiders'

WGN America has acquired rights to drama series Bellevue, the network said Monday. 

The eight-episode series stars Anna Paquin (True Blood) as a detective in a small town in which a high school hockey star wrestling with his gender identity goes missing and all signs point to foul play. The series, produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions, will air in early 2018 on the network.

The U.S. premiere of Bellevue follows the series’ debut on Canada’s CBC.

The scripted series is the first new original series for WGN America since the cancellation ofUnderground and Outsiders earlier this year as a result of plans to reallocate resources away from the scripted series business as part of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s pending merger with WGN America parent Tribune Media. 

Bellevue is co-created by Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell, who is also the lead director. The other directors are April Mullenand Kim Nguyen