Saturday, January 24, 2015

Development News - ABC Starts Its Pilot Season with 5 Drama Orders; NBC Counters with 4 Drama Pilots

Development News - January 24, 2015

ABC's L.A. Crime, Mix, Of Kings and Prophets, Quantico & Runner and NBC's BlindspotEndgame, Heart Matters & Unveiled.

  • NBC has given a pilot order to drama Endgame written by John Rogers (The Librarians). John Davis and John Fox also serve as executive producers. Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment will produce. The project is described as a high-octane thriller set in the high stakes world of Las Vegas. It centers on a former sniper-turned-security expert who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.
  • NBC has also ordered a pilot for drama Blindspot written by Martin Gero. He will executive produce with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti Productions will produce. The discovery of a beautiful woman in Times Square - with no memory of her past and covered in intricate full body tattoos - sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.
  • NBC is continuing its relationship with producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey with a pilot order for drama Unveiled. The pilot was written by John  Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart, who executive produce with Burnett and Downey. Universal Television and Lightworks Media will produce. The project follows an ensemble of flawed guardian angels who intervene in the lives of those who find themselves facing crisis in an attempt to restore their faith and, often, save their lives.
  • NBC's final pilot order for today is for drama Heart Matters written by Jill Gordon. Executive producers are Gordon, Amy Brenneman and Brad Silberling. Susan Carlson, Eric Carlson, Kelly Meyer and Dr. Kathy Magliato serve as co-executive producers. Universal Television will produce. Inspired by the life of Magliato, the project follows Dr. Alex Panttiere, one of the few female heart transplant surgeons, who brings an innovative and outspoken eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life.
  • ABC has picked up to pilot drama Runner written by Michael Cooney - which was previously developed for FOX in the off-season. Cooney executive produces with Peter Horton, Ian Sander, Kim Moses and Jon Cowan. Horton will direct and Cowan will serve as showrunner. 20th Century Fox Television will produce. Based on the Turkish series Son, the project centers on Lauren Marks whose seemingly perfect life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate. To uncover the truth, she must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.
  • ABC has also given a pilot order to drama Of Kings and Prophets from writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Executive producers are Cooper, Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. ABC Studios and BoomGen Studios will produce. The project is an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
  • The third pilot order for ABC today is for dramedy Mix written by Jennifer Cecil, who executive produces with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Jeff Grosvenor is a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television and Le Train Train will produce. The project explores the realities of modern-day families - multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions - set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads.
  • ABC will continue to explore the anthology format with a pilot order for L.A. Crime written by Steven Baigelman which will feature a new "true crime" case and decade each season. Baigelman will executive produce with David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks. ABC Studios and Mandeville will produce. In Season 1, two LA cops will be search for a serial killing team amidst the rock-and-roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.
  • ABC's final pilot order today is for drama Quantico from writer Josh Safran, who executive produces with Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company will produce. The project centers on a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As we intercut between their hidden pasts and their present training, we also flash-forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.