Thriller seems to be the drama genre du jeur so far this development season, with the broadcast networks stocking up on conspiracy/mystery serialized drama projects. The latest is Far From The Tree, from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards and Ruben Fleischer, which has sold to Fox through 20th Century Fox Television where Fleischer has a deal. Written by Edwards, it is a character-based thriller focusing on the members of an all-American family whose lives are turned upside down when their eldest son is involved in a large scale eco-terrorist attack. The show centers on the parents and siblings of the eco-terrorist as they deal with the FBI, media and community at large, all while unraveling the complex mystery as to how and why one of their own became so radicalized.
EXCLUSIVE: E! has put in development another scripted project as the network is preparing to greenlight its first scripted pilots. Shoreline, which has an Upstairs, Downstairs feel to it, is being written by Carolyn Ingber (The Mentalist) and executive produced by Switched At Birth exec producer Becky Hartman Edwards. It centers on the golden child of a small coastal town in South Carolina who, after a scandal in New York, returns home to see that a major Hollywood primetime soap, The Shore Line Yacht Club, is the biggest employer in town. An enormous class divide separates the cast and producers from the townspeople, yet their lives are continuously and irrevocably intertwined — for better or worse. Fox TV Studios is producing.
NBC has bought a drama from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards, Sony TV and Will Gluck’s studio-based TV production company Olive Bridge Entertainment. The untitled project is described as a character-driven soap set in a small isolated Colorado town where the residents slowly discover that their lives are being manipulated by forces beyond their control. Edwards is writing and is executive producing with Gluck, while Richard Schwartz is co-exec producing. This marks UTA-repped Edwards’ return to NBC where she did a stint as a co-executive producer on Parenthood. This is the second project at NBC for Sony and Olive Bridge this season after landing a 22-episode commitment for a comedy starring Michael J. Fox.
On the comedy side, NBC is hammering outg a deal for a put pilot commitment to a single-camera project written by Emmy-winning 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard. Community co-star Donald Glover is attached to star in the Uni TV-produced project, first reported by TV Guide, which is loosely based on his life. For Glover, who worked with Hubbard in his pre-Community gig as a writer on 30 Rock, the new project is in second position to Community, which is coming back with a 13-episode order on a new night, Friday. Hubbard exec produces …