Joss Whedon

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Welcome to the Whedonverse, HBO.

The network has given a straight-to-series order to Joss Whedon's return to television. "The Nevers" is described as an "epic science-fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world."

HBO reportedly outbid multiple bidders, including Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whedon will serve as writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner. He is well-known as the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly," and "Dollhouse." He also co-created "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." with brother Jed.

In recent years, he's focused on movies, including writing and directing "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," as well as taking on post-production directing duties for "Justice League."

But this marks Whedon's first sole TV project since 2009's "Dollhouse."

"I honestly couldn't be more excited. 'The Nevers' is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO," Whedon said in a statement.

"Not only are they the masters of cinematic longform, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It's been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just 'prestige,' but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do."