EXCLUSIVE: Freeform is in early development on drama series RUSH. Written by Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski and Kevin O’Hare and to be directed by Alexis Ostrander (Mayfair Witches), RUSH is based on the Israeli series The Station, whose third season aired earlier this year.
It revolves around four high-school students who join RUSH — a teenage first-responder program that exists nationally, and internationally. These young heroes work side-by-side with adult firefighters and EMTs, in real life-or-death emergencies. All while juggling their school work, home lives, and romantic entanglements. Our young heroes may find that by saving others, they may be able to save themselves.
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Lenchewski, O’Hare and Ostrander executive produce alongside Underground’s Trevor Engelson (Snowfall), the original series’ creators Shahar Segall and Oren Jacobi, ADD’s Hadas Mozes (Euphoria), Rinat Klien, Yaron Lichtenstein, as well as HYBE America’s Scooter Braun, James Shin and Scott Manson. Kyle Vinuya is overseeing development for SB Projects. The project is yet to be laid off at a studio.
Lenchewski and Engelson grew up together on Long Island and had many high-school friends who were RUSH volunteers. They had been discussing doing a show about it for years when The Station became a hit in Israel and gave them the opportunity they had been looking for. In addition to TV ratings, the HOT and Slutsky Communication series The Station, produced by ADD Content Agency, also has been driving enrollment in Israel’s RUSH programs.
Lenchewski is repped by WME and attorney Andy Galker. O’Hare is repped by Underground and attorney Allison Binder at GGSSC.