Barry O’Brien (CSI: Miami) has been chosen as the writer and showrunner for IDW Entertainment’s adaptation of the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman. First launched in 1985 with When the Bough Breaks, the series of novels follows Delaware, a forensic psychologist working with the LAPD to solve murder cases. He is partnered with Milo Sturgis, a gay homicide detective. The series has been praised by both mainstream and LGBT critics for creating realistic and well-defined characters.
“Barry understands what makes “Delaware” different than other psychological thriller series is the extra dimensions of being a ‘whydunit’ on top of a ‘whodunit. He has the skills and experience to translate my novels into compelling television.”
O’Brien has an interesting background. He co-created Hannah Montana, worked as a writer and executive producer on CSI: Miami for seven seasons, and has written and/or produced on Judging Amy, The Following, and Castle.
O’Brien shared his thoughts on the series:
“Jonathan Kellerman has created some of crime fictions most complex, fascinating and lyrical characters, and it is an absolute honor to partner with him to bring Alex to the small screen along with Milo, Robin and all the other characters who populate the vivid world of Alex Delaware’s Los Angeles. I’m very excited to be collaborating with Jonathan, working alongside David and Adam Salzman, Ted Adams, David Ozer and Lydia Antonini, as well as the full support of the IDW Entertainment team.”
Kellerman has written 32 novels featuring the character of Alex Delaware, averaging one a year since the characters debut. The most recent novel, Heartbreak Hotel, was published in 2017.