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Houdini Is Scully And Doyle Is Mulder In A New Victorian X-Files Show

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Yep, it's official: the creators of The Librarian and House are joining forces for a 10-episode series about "the unlikely real-life friendship between Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini." And the two iconic figures will be solving crimes of the supernatural variety.


Deadline has the scoop:

In Houdini And Doyle, two of the great characters of the 20th century —Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, and Doyle, creator of the world's greatest detective and a paranormal aficionado — grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. Although they're both rich, famous and brilliant, they're the original odd couple, with Houdini believing in nothing, Doyle in everything.

Houdini and Doyle were born 15 years apart into dramatically different families — Doyle the educated product of a proper Scottish upbringing and Houdini the self-made son of a Hungarian immigrant. The two men, whose physical appearances also were in stark contrast, stroke an unusual and often rocky friendship based to their mutual interest in spiritualism.


No word on casting, but convincingly "rich, famous, and brilliant" and capable of looking suave with a massive mustache (Doyle) and intense yet slightly crazy-eyed (Houdini) would seem to be top-listed requirements. Also, no word on what "crimes with a supernatural slant" might entail; will the show be about the duo debunking crimes (a la Houdini) or about proving the spirit world is real/capable of mischief (a la Doyle)? Either way, we're intrigued. The show will air on Fox in the US, as well as in Canada and the UK.

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The problem with the X-files format is that the skeptic character always has to end up looking like a fool, because of course we want the lizard men and ghosts to be real. I think that's especially problematic with real characters like Houdini and Doyle where Houdini was so rigorous and skeptical and Doyle was really intensely gullible when it came to the paranormal