I forgot to record this, so I'll look for the first episode. I am currently listening to a C.J. Box audiobook - my second in the series
THR: David E. Kelley was done with broadcast television.
The creator of The Practice, Ally McBeal and Boston Legal had all but sworn off returning to the medium that made him one of the most celebrated writer-producers in the TV industry when ABC entertainment president Karey Burke got ahold of the script for Big Sky.
The Montana-set thriller, based on the novels by C.J. Box, had been passed over at MGM-owned premium cable network Epix (which opted to make Belgravia instead, per sources) and Burke wanted to bring cable- and streaming-minded showrunners to her broadcast network as part of a larger push to elevate ABC's brand.
Kelley, meanwhile, had spent the years since CBS canceled his Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy The Crazy Ones pushing into cable and streaming with shows including Amazon's Goliath (which he's no longer involved with), Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes and HBO's award-winning Big Little Lies.