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C.J. Box’s “Big Sky” TV Show Trailer Draws 25 Million Views In First 3 Days

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The numbers are in and it seems that people are ready for the mid-November premiere of “Big Sky,” the series adapted from the Cassie Dewell novels of Wyoming author C.J. Box.

According to media reports, a trailer for the upcoming television series was viewed more than 25 million times in the first three days of its upload across multiple social media platforms.

“How big is Big Sky‘s trailer viewership tally of 25.5 million views over three days?” Deadline reported. “For comparison, the top [three] most-watched broadcast trailers at the 2019 upfronts, for ABC’s ‘Stumptown,’ ‘Emergence’ and ‘Mixed-ish,‘ amassed between 14.6 million and 16.1 million views across social media platforms in their first week.”

The trailer actually got most of its views from Twitter, 12.3 million to be exact. The other views came from Facebook (5.9 million), Instagram (4.1 million) and YouTube (3.2 million), totaling 25.5 million.

This is very good news for “Big Sky,” especially when many TV and film productions were shut down by health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Box shared the good news on his Facebook page, expressing his excitement about the series’ premiere.

“You know who helped make this happen? YOU DID! Let’s keep up the excitement and get ready to tune in Nov. 17th on ABC for #BigSky,” he wrote.

The series has already been ordered by ABC for a full first season.

The show will focus on private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillipe), who team up with Cody’s estranged wife, Jenny, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote road in Montana.

The show is being created by TV writer and producer David E. Kelley, who has also created shows such as “Big Little Lies,” “Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal” and “Mr. Mercedes.” Kelley will write multiple episodes and serve as the showrunner for the first season.

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C.J. Box Posts New Trailer For Upcoming TV Show ‘Big Sky’

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If you are counting down the days before Wyoming author C.J. Box’s TV series “Big Sky” premieres, you only have about a month to go.

The launch date is November 17. To whet your appetite, Box on Tuesday posted the new trailer on his Facebook page. 

“The most beautiful places hide the darkest secrets,” Box said.

Although the video starts up happy and upbeat with two young girls singing while they’re driving up to Montana, it quickly takes a dark turn when their car overheats at night (of course) and someone bashes in one of the car’s windows just as one girl says “lock the door.”

And it’s all downhill from there.

The TV show is based on C.J. Box’s 2013 novel “The Highway” which is about a long-haul trucker who is a serial killer.

Last year, Box told Cowboy State Daily the book is “the creepiest thing I ever wrote.”

“The television series will be dark and scary,” Box said. “A lot of people who have read it say it is one of the creepiest things they’ve ever read. The pilot I read scared me, even though I knew what was going to happen.”

The show is being created by TV writer and producer David E. Kelley, who has also created shows such as “Big Little Lies,” “Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal” and “Mr. Mercedes.” Kelley will write multiple episodes and serve as the showrunner for the first season.

Box will act as an executive producer on the series.

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C.J. Box “Big Sky” Series To Premiere In November

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The television series adapted from C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell novels, “Big Sky,” will premiere in November, ABC announced this weekend.

“Big Sky” will premiere on Nov. 17 on ABC. The company also released two more teaser trailers, although they were longer than the two released in August.

The series has already been ordered for a full first season, so fans will get the opportunity to see how the mystery plays out over those episodes.

The show will focus on private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillipe), who team up with Cody’s estranged wife, Jenny, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote road in Montana.

The detectives soon find out those aren’t the only girls who have disappeared, beginning a race against time to stop the killer.

The first new teaser shows Hoyt speaking with a police officer about how he’s searching for two missing girls (who are seen being abducted) while the song “Stand by Me” plays over the background, menacingly.

The second teaser more prominently features Dewell and Hoyt investigating the abductions, as well as uncovering a deeper mystery.

The show is being created by TV writer and producer David E. Kelley, who has also created shows such as “Big Little Lies,” “Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal” and “Mr. Mercedes.” Kelley will write multiple episodes and serve as the showrunner for the first season.

Box will act as an executive producer on the series.

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More Details About C.J. Box’s TV Series Announced

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For those of you interested in Wyoming author CJ Box’s new TV show this fall (we are), Box  released more details on his Facebook page.

Although ABC network execs haven’t announced when the series will start, “Big Sky” will air on Tuesday nights.

The show is centered around the character Cassie Dewell. If you want more background on her and the other characters in the story, you should read Box’s book “The Highway”.

Dewel, Box says, will be played by Kylie Bunbury while Cody Hoyt will be played by Ryan Phillippe.

For more cast information, check this out.

TV writing is different from book writing, Box said, and that means he’s not involved in the day-to-day production.

“Television, unlike novel writing, is a collaborative process involving producers, writers, and actors,” Box said.

“David E. Kelley is the consummate professional with an unbelievable track record (Big Little Lies, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally Mcbeal and many others).  We trust him.  Or, in other words, our ‘input’ is to provide the source material,” he said.

As for rumors about a Joe Picket series or movie, Box said just wait a bit.

“There will be a very exciting announcement this winter or spring that we can’t yet discuss.  But watch this space,” he said.

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