Hulu has joined forces with ABC to create The Grisham Universe, a format that will begin with two scripted shows — Grisham’s The Rainmaker and Rogue Lawyer — that will share one storyline with the view to expand the franchise with more spinoffs.
The Grisham Universe begins with The Rainmaker and Rogue Lawyer and combines them to create what ABC Signature is calling “wholly original”: two books, two shows, one shared storyline. The two shows are independent of one another that still feature intersecting storylines that create a new template uniquely designed for Hulu’s platform. The stories of each show are told in a way that a viewer can watch vertically, viewing all of one without the other and be told a story. But they’re also told so that a viewer can watch horizontally, navigating from episode 101 of The Rainmaker to episode 101 of Rogue Lawyer, then episode 102 of Rainmaker to 102 of Rogue Lawyer, and so on. While some characters will live in just one show, many characters from each show will cross into and become integral to the other.