September 20, 2023

MGM+ announced today that it has picked up science-fiction thriller Beacon 23. The series was originally ordered by AMC Networks and Spectrum Originals, but scrapped due to both outlets scaling back on original content.

"Beacon 23 is a series in the best tradition of thought-provoking genre storytelling," said Michael Wright, head of MGM+. "With the incredible vision of Zak Penn and Glen Mazzara, riveting performances by Lena Headey and Stephan James, and an exciting world-building design, Beacon 23 is essential viewing for fans of premium science-fiction drama."

Based on the best-selling book by Hugh Howey, the series is set in the farthest reaches of the Milky Way, where the fates of a government agent, Aster, and a stoic ex-military man, Halan, become entangled after they find themselves trapped together inside one of many beacons that serve as a lighthouse for intergalactic travelers. Every beacon is run by one highly trained human and a specialized Artificial Intelligence. When Aster mysteriously finds her way to the lonely beacon-keeper Halan, a tense battle of wills begins. Halan questions whether Aster is friend or foe, as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent.

Beacon 23 premieres on MGM+ on Sunday, November 12 with the first two of eight episodes.