EXCLUSIVE: With Homeland, based on an Israeli series, enjoying critical and commercial success, series executive producer Howard Gordon is taking on adapting another international format. Gordon and fellow Homeland executive producer Alex Cary have teamed for Ritter, a character-driven legal drama inspired by the 2009 Icelandic series Réttur. The project has landed at NBC with significant penalty.
Written by Cary, Ritter, described as “Jerry McGuire in a law firm,” centers on a seasoned lawyer with an unorthodox approach who demonstrates his personal contempt for the law by using it as a blunt instrument. Gordon’s pod, Teakwood Lane, is producing with 20th Century Fox TV, where both Gordon and Cary are under deals. The two will executive produce with Teakwood Lane’s head of TV Hugh Fitzpatrick, as well as Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya of Scripted World. Read More »
Writer-producer Alex Cary has signed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the new pact, Cary will continue as a co-executive producer on the acclaimed Showtime drama series Homeland, which is produced by 20th TV’s cable division Fox21, as well as develop new projects for the studio. Cary has had a meteoric rise at 20th TV where he has been for two and a a half-years. He was brought in as a story editor at the beginning of the second season of the studio’s series Lie To Me. By the end of the season, he had been upped to executive producer and co-showrunner for the procedural drama’ third season and landed his first overall deal with the studio. “He showed great leadership, writing and showrunner skills,” said 20th TV chairman chairman Gary Newman. In addition to him being a key senior-level producer for staffing, the studio is betting on Cary for development. Cary made his debut in the arena earlier this season with a reboot of Stephen J. Cannell’s 1980s series Wiseguy, which landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. “Not only will he be servicing Homeland, I think he will be a big deal this development season,” Newman said. Because of his background as a Special Forces operative who served in Operation Desert Storm and in Northern Ireland, the British-native Cary has become a touchstone for the Nicholas Brody character on Homeland. … Read More »
Management and production company New Wave has signed several upper-level TV writer-producers. The list includes The Daily Show executive producer/showrunner Rory Albanese; Hell On Wheels‘ co-creator/executive producer Joe Gayton; Homeland co-executive producer Alex Cary, who is writing NBC’s Wiseguy reboot; Tosh.0 head writer Brian Rubinstein, House Of Lies co-executive producer Devon Shepard; Futurama co-executive producer Mike Rowe; and Supernatural co-executive producer Jim Michaels. Also joining New Wave as clients are Ian Goldberg Daily, co-producer on Once Upon A Time, and Daily Show staff writer Hallie Haglund. The signings follow the September hire of APA partner Matt Ochacher as co-head of New Wave’s scripted television department. Several of the new clients — Rubinstein, Shepard, Rowe, Michaels and Haglund – worked with Ochacher at APA.
EXCLUSIVE: Stephen J. Cannell’s 1980s series Wiseguy is getting a contemporary reboot at NBC. The peacock network has bought a new take on the crime drama, which will be written by Alex Cary (Homeland). The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, has received a script commitment with penalty.
A re-imagening of the original series, which Cannell co-created with Frank Lupo, Wiseguy centers on a disgraced former cop who, while serving time in prison, cuts a deal to work undercover for time off his sentence. The show begins as he’s being released — now he’ll put the connections he made behind bars to good use in the field as he helps the police take down a criminal organization. Cary, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. The original series, which ran on CBS for 4 seasons from 1987 to 1990, starred Ken Wahl as Vincent “Vinnie” Terranova, an undercover agent of the Organized Crime Bureau, a fictional division of the FBI, whose cover was working as syndicate enforcer after a stint in the New Jersey penitentiary. The show, which had a lead change in the final season with Steven Bauer replacing Wahl and featured a standout performances by Kevin Spacey and Jerry Lewis, was an early pioneer in the introduction of serialized elements to a crime procedural, with each season consisting of several arcs, and in the use of runaway production for cutting costs. Read More »