ABC Orders King Kingdom
ABC has ordered The Kingdom, a weekly supernatural series about a haunted hospital, from horrormeister Stephen King for the 2002-03 season, Variety reported. Columbia TriStar Television and Touchstone TV will produce the series; King will act as executive producer and write most of the episodes.
ABC will premiere the show with a two-hour movie, followed by at least 13 hour-long weekly episodes. The Kingdom is based on Dancer in the Dark director Lars von Trier's 1994 Danish miniseries of the same name. The central hospital is built on a haunted graveyard, resulting in unseen forces and odd goings-on, such as a phantom ambulance that visits the hospital each evening, the trade paper reported.