Deadline is reporting that Hulu has given a series order to true crime anthology series The Act.
Based on the Buzzfeed article “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered” and developed for television by Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) and journalist/author Michelle Dean, The Act tells the story of Gypsy Blanchard, a girl whose quest to escape the toxic relationship with her mother unearths family secrets that ultimately lead to murder.
This marks the latest in a long line of recent series orders for Hulu, which is looking to capitalize on the buzz it’s received for The Handmaid’s Tale. The streamer has Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington limited series Little Fires Everywhere, a limited series based on John Green’s Looking for Alaska from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Sean Penn space drama The First, a Catch-22 miniseries starring George Clooney, a Four Weddings and a Funeral series adaptation from Mindy Kaling, high school comedy PEN15, and a reboot of cult favorite Animaniacs among many projects on tap for the coming years.
The Act is also the latest true crime scripted series to be ordered to series, as FX has acclaimed American Crime Story, NBC debuted Law & Order True Crime last fall, and USA put forth Unsolved, whose first season focused on the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
In addition to his time as showrunner/EP of the critically praised Syfy anthology, Antosca’s television credits include Hannibal, Believe, and Teen Wolf.