It was announced today that NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock has acquired the first two seasons of Facebook Watch anthology Sacred Lies.
“We’ve truly enjoyed working with Raelle, and were always impressed by her steady hand over the series,” said Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold, co-presidents of Blumhouse TV. “She is a brilliant and unique storyteller, with a wealth of ideas, some of which we’re exploring even now. We’re thrilled the show will reach a whole new audience.”
The deal will see both seasons of Sacred Lies available to stream when Peacock launches on July 15th, with an option for the streamer to be the sole home for any potential third season. The series is part of a library of content for Peacock that includes The Office and Parks and Recreation on an exclusive basis, as well as One Chicago, 30 Rock, Bates Motel, The Purge, Friday Night Lights, and many others on non-exclusively.
It was revealed earlier this year that in the face of increasing streaming competition and the astronomical pricing of scripted content, Facebook Watch would be scaling back its scripted presence in favor of making more unscripted shows. The streamer cancelled acclaimed drama Sorry for Your Loss and Jessica Biel anthology Limetown back in January while renewing less expensive teen horror drama The Birch last month. Among the Facebook Watch shows still waiting on official word as to their renewal fates are reality TV satire The Real Bros of Simi Valley and animated comedy Human Discoveries.
From Raelle Tucker (True Blood), Sacred Lies is a seasonal anthology that attempts to combine fantastical source material with gritty mysteries. Based on Stephanie Oakes novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, season one focused on a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader. Meanwhile, season two, inspired by “The Singing Bone” from The Brothers Grimm, centered on a young girl she searches for the family she never knew after being abandoned as a child.