Fox Teams with Ryan on The Oaks


New Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly has given a series commitment to “The Oaks,” a relationship drama with supernatural elements from writer David Schulner (“Tell Me You Love Me”) and 20th Century Fox TV.

Reilly and Fox Entertainment chairman president Peter Liguori have recruited Shawn Ryan to be showrunner of “The Oaks”; Ryan created the FX hit “The Shield” back when Reilly and Liguori were top executives at the cable channel. Ryan and Schulner will executive produce with Little Engine Entertainment’s Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo. Michael Cuesta (“Dexter”) is expected to direct the pilot and executive produce as well.

“The Oaks” follows the stories of three different couples who inhabit the same house at three different times: 1967, 1987 and 2007. They’re all connected, however, by mysterious spirits that appear to haunt the house.

The pilot is expected to be shot in November; the studio is already recruiting additional writers to work on future episodes.