EXCLUSIVE: Producer Gary Randall has inked a new two-year first-look deal with Fox TV Studios. The news follows the strong premiere of Randall’s second series for the studio, The Glades, on A&E. Randall joined FtvS in 2004, about the time the studio began its push in original series, and has been there ever since, developing and producing projects through his Grand Prods. He executive produced FtvS’ drama series Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter, which ended its 3-season run on TNT on June 21. The Glades, which Randall executive produces with creator Clifton Campbell, debuted with 3.6 million viewers on Sunday, breaking A&E’s records for most-watched and highest-rated original drama series telecast ever. Randall is repped by attorney Brad Small.
EXCLUSIVE: David Manson has joined FX’s drama pilot Outlaw Country as an executive producer/co-showrunner. Additionally, Manson has inked a blind pilot deal with Fox TV Studios, which recently came on board to co-produce Outlaw Country with FX Prods. Manson also has another script set up at FtvS entitled Netherworld, which was originally developed at FX and is now being shopped to other networks. It is a spooky medical show with a supernatural slant set at a mental hospital. Outlaw Country is a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Manson will co-run the project with Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz who wrote the pilot. Sons of Anarchy exec producers Art Linson and John Linson are also executive producing, with Shooter Jennings serving as executive consultant and music supervisor. Mary Steenburgen just became the first actor cast in the pilot.
Manson previously worked with FX and FtvS on the series Thief, on which he served as an executive producer. The drama was produced by FtvS’s former unit (a co-venture with New Regency) Regency TV, which also produced another drama series executive produced by Manson, Fox’s New Amsterdam. Additionally, Manson created/exec produced the TNT series Saved.