EXCLUSIVE: Top TV director David Nutter has picked his 2013 pilot, signing on to direct and executive produce Bruno Heller’s CBS legal drama The Advocates from Warner Bros TV. It was one of two pilots the network picked up yesterday. Written/executive produced by The Mentalist creator Heller, Advocates centers on a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team up as “victim advocates,” going to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog. This marks a reunion for Nutter and Heller — Nutter also directed the pilot and second episode for Heller’s CBS/Warner Bros TV series Mentalist. Last season, WME-repped Nutter directed the pilot of the CW’s Arrow, one of the fall’s very few breakout hits. Of the 18 pilots he has directed, 17 have gone to series.
Bad Teacher, a single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie, was written by Winston (Happy Endings, Community) and produced by the film’s writers-producers Stupnitsky and Eisenberg. The TV adaptation, about a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband, is being produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Winston is under a deal, Mosaic and Stupnitsky and Eisenberg’s Quantity Entertainment. Winston, Stupnitsky and Eisenberg executive produce, with Winston set to showrun. Bad Teacher‘s pickup increases single-camera comedies’ advantage at CBS to 5 pilots vs. 3 multi-camera ones as the network appears determined to launch multiple single-camera comedies next season. This marks the second pilot for Winston, repped by UTA and Mosaic, who also has comedy Girls On Film at NBC. It has been a great season for ABC Studios-based Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. The duo, repped by WME and Mosaic, has three broadcast pilots, Bad Teacher and Pulling and Trophy Wife at ABC. They also have new series Hello Ladies at HBO.
EXCLUSIVE: The Mentalist creator/executive producer Bruno Heller and the series’ executive producers Ashley Gable and Tom Szentgyorgyi have set up a new crime drama at CBS. Titled Murder Bitches, it centers on two young female detectives who are complete opposites, their relationship made more complicated by the fact that one of them suffered a stroke two years ago at age 27. They’re known on the force, in admiration and envy, as the Murder Bitches. Gable and Szentgyorgyi will write the script and executive produce with Heller. Mentalist producer Warner Bros TV, where Heller is under an overall deal, is producing.