Freeform Mermaid Pilot

Freeform Greenlights Violent Mermaid Drama Pilot The Deep

Mermaids are coming to Freeform — and not the kind that pal around with singing crabs.

The network on Monday officially announced a pick-up for The Deep, a drama pilot about the impending battle between mer-folk and surface dwellers. Production begins in Vancouver this September.

Set in the coastal town of Bristol Cove — known for once allegedly being home to mermaids — The Deep ignites a “battle between man and sea” as the “predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.”

The Deep is a very different show than one would expect when they hear the word ‘mermaid,'” says Karey Burke, executive vice president of Programming and Development. “The mermaid tale has been reinvented in this pilot. The writing is thrilling, stories complex and scary, and we are excited to explore the themes of obsession and violence through these amazing creatures.”

Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and RD Robb will executive-produce, along with Eric Wald (story and teleplay) and Dean White (story), and director Scott Stewart. Emily Whitesell (Finding Carter) is on board as showrunner.

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6 Comments
  1. This actually sounds interesting. I hope we get both sides of the story and spend time with the merfolk too. And being ABC Family (I mean, FreeForm) I’m sure we can expect a love story, probably a land and a sea Romeo & Juliet tale in the mix.

  2. Jess says:

    i hope we in canada get this too. sounds interesting

  3. carrionne says:

    Is it inspired from any book?

  4. "A" says:

    Claire Holt aka Emma Gilbert of H20 needs to join this series !!!

  5. Anna says:

    “…We are excited to explore the themes of obsession and violence through these amazing creatures.”
    Lmao Freeform really isn’t ABC Family anymore.

  6. anonymous says:

    NO!!!!! NO!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!! NO!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!! YOU CANT HAVE A NEW SERIES UNTIL YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE 2 NEW SERIES AND THE ONE OTHER SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NOT MADE A DECISION ON YET SEE THIS IS WAY SHOWS FAIL ON THIS NETWORK BECAUSE THEY DONT GIVE THEM ENOUGH TIME TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES BEFORE THEY’RE ON TO THE NEXT ONE THEY ARE LIKE LITTLE KIDS WITH SHORT ATTENTION SPANS ITS REALLY ANNOYING!!!!