Apple TV+ Orders Limited Series ‘Manhunt’

Apple TV+ has ordered the limited series “Manhunt,” created by Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA-nominated writer-producer Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” “Leftovers,” “Friday Night Lights”), who is also the showrunner and an executive producer.

“Manhunt” is created by writer-producer Monica Beletsky (left) and stars Tobias Menzies.

“Manhunt” is a true crime series based on the events of the Lincoln assassination, aftermath and best-selling book by James Swanson. The limited series is set to star 2021 Emmy Award winner Tobias Menzies (“The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “Outlander”) as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s war secretary and friend, who was driven nearly to madness by the need to catch John Wilkes Booth and to carry out Lincoln’s legacy. 

Part historical fiction, part conspiracy thriller, “Manhunt” will take audiences into the aftermath of the first American presidential assassination and the fight to preserve and protect the ideals that were the foundation of Lincoln’s Reconstruction plans — issues that reverberate into the present day. The series features black historical figures whose lives intertwined with the escape, manhunt and subsequent high-crimes investigation, including Mary Simms, a former slave of the doctor who treated Booth’s injury and gave him safe harbor after his crime.

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“Manhunt” marks the first series order to hail from Monica Beletsky’s overall deal with Apple TV+, which was recently renewed.

The series will be produced for Apple TV+ by Apple Studios, and co-produced by Lionsgate, in association with POV Entertainment, Walden Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. Layne Eskridge executive produces along with James Swanson, author of best-selling and Edgar Award-winning book “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.” Michael Rotenberg and Richard Abate executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts, and Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov executive produce for Walden Media.

Acorn TV Touts BBC/ITV Series ‘Manhunt’ and ‘Line of Duty,’ Among 2019 Slate

Acorn TV May 22 announced its newest British-themed episodic series: BBC One’s cop thriller, “Line of Duty,” and ITV’s crime drama, “Manhunt.”

The $4.99 monthly/$44.99 annual SVOD is a unit of RLJ Entertainment, which is majority-owned by AMC Networks, home of “The Walking Dead” franchise.

Record-setting “Line of Duty” (Trailer) Season 5 is the highest-rated U.K. program of 2019, and one of the top-five highest rated shows of the last decade, according to Acorn TV. Season-long guest stars include “The Walking Dead’s” Lennie James (Season 1), “Bodyguard’s” Keeley Hawes (S2), “Westworld’s” Emmy winner Thandie Newton (S4), and “Boardwalk Empire’s” Stephen Graham (S5). (5 seasons of 5-6 episodes)

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True crime drama “Manhunt” (Trailer) features “Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes as real-life detective DCI Colin Sutton, who determinedly and tenaciously pursued serial killer Levi Bellfield. (3 episodes)

“Queens of Mystery” (Trailer) is a fun, quirky contemporary take on the classic mystery genre with an up-and-coming detective solving mysteries with her three crime-writing aunts. (6 episodes)

“Agatha Raisin” (Trailer) stars Ashley Jensen (“Catastrophe,” “Extras,” “Ugly Betty”) as a London PR whiz turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder when she opts for early retirement in the country. (2 Seasons)

“Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries” (Trailer) showcases the embodiment of female empowerment, style, glamour, charm, and adventure as the original – the newest stylish amateur comes to the swinging sixties. (4 movies)

“A Place to Call Home” (Trailer) has been called an Australian “Downton Abbey,” featuring a story of love, loss, and family ties takes place in 1950s Australia. (6 seasons)

Acorn TV also features a mix of international exclusives, including new British crime drama “London Kills” (Trailer); Paul Abbott’s police drama “No Offense”; dramedy “Doc Martin”; Irish drama “Blood”; Aussie detective drama “Mystery Road,” starring Judy Davis; Aussie conspiracy thriller “Jack Irish,” starring Guy Pearce; medical drama “The Good Karma Hospital”; British drama “Delicious,” centered on food, love and betrayal; Aussie medical dramedy, “The Heart Guy”; as well as long-running mysteries “George Gently,” , “Foyle’s War,” and “Murdoch Mysteries.”

On June 10, Acorn TV premieres new Danish/New Zealand thriller, “Straight Forward” (Trailer), and, onJune 24, charming travelogue “Martin Clunes’ Islands of America” (Int’l Trailer).

“Featuring dozens of ‘bingeable’ shows, Acorn TV offers a highly entertaining, thought-provoking escape unlike any other service or network,” Matthew Graham, GM of Acorn TV,” said in a statement.