Netflix working is on ‘Ransom Canyon,’ a new drama series created by April Blair

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Minka Kelly [Photo by Melanie Dunea]

Netflix is working on new drama series called “Ransom Canyon,” starring Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly and based on the books by best-selling Texas author Jodi Thomas.

Set against the rugged expanse of Texas Hill Country, “Ransom Canyon” will be a romance-fueled family drama and contemporary Western saga that follows the intersecting lives of three ranching families. Netflix’s series order is for 10 hourlong episodes, according to a news release.

Duhamel (“The Lost Husband,” “Transformers,” “Love, Simon”) will play Staten Kirkland, the owner and sole occupant of the sprawling Double K Ranch. Steadfast and stoic, Staten leads the charge to resist outside forces threatening his way of life and the land that he loves. 

Kelly (“Euphoria,” “Friday Night Lights”) plays Quinn, who has often found herself in the shadow of others, but after a stint in New York pursuing her career as a concert pianist, she returns to Ransom Canyon to carve out a new path for herself.  

The show will co-star Tatanka Means (“Killers of the Flower Moon”), James Brolin (“Traffic”), Eoin Macken (“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”), Lizzy Greene (“A Million Little Things”) and Garrett Wareing (“God Is a Bullet”), Deadline reports.

The series’ writer, creator and executive producer is April Blair, known for her work on “Gossip Girl,” “Wednesday” and “All American.”

Amanda Marsalis (“Ozark,” “Umbrella Academy”) is directing the first two episodes of the Netflix series.

Netflix has optioned Thomas’ entire “Ransom Canyon” book series, and filming on the show was slated to begin in January, according to What’s on Netflix.

“Ransom Canyon” joins a growing lineup of lighter “comfort” TV dramas at Netflix. This lineup includes the streamer’s original hits like “Virgin River,” which has been renewed for Season 6; “The Lincoln Lawyer,” renewed for Season 3; “Ginny & Georgia,” renewed for Seasons 3 and 4; “Sweet Magnolias,” renewed for Season 4; and “Firefly Lane,” which ended its run with a super-sized Season 2 last spring, along with licensed hits like the former USA Network legal saga “Suits,” which set streaming records last year on Netflix and Peacock.



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