NBC has handed an early pilot order to Bad Judge, a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by former Private Practice star Kate Walsh. The single-camera project, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and actress Anne Heche, was written by Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Universal TV, where Gary Sanchez Prods. and Heche have deals, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick executive produce alongside Walsh, Kultgen, Ferrell and McKay. Bad Judge was a late pitch buy last development season, and emerged as a contender for an off-cycle pilot order in March when Walsh started circling the project.
NBC Gives Pilot Order To Comedy ‘Bad Judge’ From Anne Heche & Gary Sanchez; Kate Walsh To Star & Executive Produce
Hung co-creator/ executive producer Colette Burson has teamed with the series’ co-star Anne Heche for another half-hour single-camera project, this time at NBC. The two will co-write the comedy, which may serve as a potential starring vehicle for Heche. It centers on Beauty Department Sales Manager Poppy Blake, 43, who questions everything about love and relationships. With the help of her hilariously opinionated sister Chelsea, her romantically deprived co-workers, and a vast array of department store clients, Poppy turns a comic yet anthropological eye on what love and sex really mean for women. The project stems from Heche’s first-look deal with Universal Television, which will produce the comedy. Burson and Heche executive produce. This marks the first half-hour network sale for Burson who, along with her husband — Hung co-creator Dmitry Lipkin — have a cable overall deal at Fox 21. She is with UTA and Gang Tyre. Heche, repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn, is doing an arc on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods has teamed with actress Anne Heche to produce Bad Judge, a single-camera half-hour comedy for NBC. Written by Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Bad Judge is based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. Universal Television, where Gary Sanchez has a deal, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick will executive produce alongside Ferrell and McKay.
Oren Moverman’s corrupt LA cop drama Rampart stars Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon. Millennium Entertainment plans to launch Best Actor, Director and Screenplay campaigns for Harrelson and Moverman.
Toronto: Woody Harrelson Enters Oscar Race With Millennium’s $2 Million Deal For Cop Corruption Drama ‘Rampart’
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Entertainment is putting Woody Harrelson into the Best Actor Oscar race this year, closing a $2 million U.S. rights acquisition of Rampart. That is the Oren Moverman-directed police corruption drama that Moverman wrote with L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. The plan is to open in 20 cities and launch campaigns for Harrelson and for Moverman for Best Director and Screenplay. A deal for Canadian rights is expected to close shortly. Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee made the deal, and Millennium Films’ Mark Gill will be a consultant on this and get to roll up his sleeves and wage an awards-season campaign for Harrelson, who drew raves at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival for his portrayal of a corrupt cop in a drama that also stars Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Ice Cube, Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon. The 1990s Los Angeles police family drama explores the dark soul and misadventures of an LAPD cop whose past finally catches up with him in a department-wide corruption scandal.