Steve McQueen on TV? With his long takes and harrowing depictions of suffering, McQueen doesn't seem like an obvious serialized television creator. But when you hear he's developing a show for HBO it makes a little more sense; on the cable channel his aesthetic of stillness and pain can actually play out properly.
The director - whose 12 Years A Slave might be the best movie released this year - is currently developing a series for HBO. The premise? According to the LA Times, it "centers on the experience of a young African American man, whose past may not be what it seems, and his initiation into New York high society." I'm assuming it's not Six Degrees of Separation: The Series, but it sort of sounds like that.
It's McQueen, though, and between 12 Years A Slave, Hunger and Shame he has earned my trust. That said, he hasn't quite earned the series yet - HBO is tough with new shows, and even Spike Lee couldn't get his Mike Tyson-inspired series off the ground there. This show is just in the earliest stages.