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John Wells-Produced Lifeguard Drama Nabs Fox Series Order


Fox hits the waves on O’ahu’s north shore.

The broadcast network has issued a direct-to-series order to Rescue: Hi-Surf, a drama that follows a group of rescuers in heavy water in Hawaii. The show, slated to be part of Fox’s 2023-24 lineup, comes from writer Matt Kester (Animal Kingdom) is executive produced by John Wells, who will also direct the first two episodes.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Wells’ longtime studio house, will co-produce the series with Fox Entertainment.

Rescue: Hi-Surf brings edge-of-your-seat style to Hawaii’s north shore, where lifeguards and surfers collide with visceral rescues, great character drama and ubiquitous fun,” said Michael Thorn, president of script programming at Fox Entertainment. “This new franchise is pure beachfront ownership for Fox, especially with the powerful auspices of John, Matt and our incredible partners at Warner Bros.”

Wells said, “Matt and I couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX on this exciting opportunity to bring the best lifeguards in the world to the attention of the television audience.” Kester added, “I’ve lived most of my life on the north shore of O’ahu, and these are our heroes, the most extraordinary extreme athletes anywhere.”

Kester will serve as showrunner for the series and executive produce with Wells and Erin Jontow of John Wells Productions.

Rescue: Hi-Surf is the second drama Fox has added to its list for next season and joins the hospital series Doc. The network has also been updated The cleaning lady, accused And Alert: Missing Persons Unit; the two 911 dramas are still in limbo.

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