The breakthrough season for broadcast networks’ in-house production arms selling to rival nets continues with another green light for such a project. CBS has given a pilot order to untitled drama project from Bates Motel writer Nikki Toscano and the A&E/Universal TV series’ executive producer Kerry Ehrin. It hails from Universal TV, which will now co-produce with CBS TV Studios. This marks the 11th (!) pilot or series order this season by ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox to a project from an in-house production division of another network (excluding Fox sibling 20th TV, which has established itself as a major studio selling to everyone.) That is up dramatically from last season’s 3 such pilot orders, two of which — Fox/Uni TV comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and CBS/ABC Studios drama Intelligence – went to series. This season, after ABC Studios and CBS Studios made a strategic move in that area, ABC Studios has landed 5 outside broadcast orders, Universal TV 4 and CBS TV Studios 2.
EXCLUSIVE: Bates Motel executive producer/co-showrunner Kerry Ehrin is re-teaming with Jason Katims for an hourlong project, which has been set up at NBC. Written by Ehrin, the untitled project tells the darkly comedic story of two unlikely female partners in the Boston PD — one a fortysomething single mom with a ton of baggage, the other an ambitious Latina twentysomething wannabe-hotshot with a lot to learn. It’s a cat-and-mouse game of who-can-you-trust told through the lens of two high-spirited, slightly insane professionals. Universal TV, where Ehrin and Katims are based, is producing with Katims’ True Jack Prods. Ehrin, Katims and Michelle Lee executive produce. Before teaming with Carlton Cuse for A&E’s breakout Bates Motel last year, Ehrin spent six years working on Katims series Friday Night Lights, which she joined after the pilot, and Parenthood. This marks True Jack’s third sale this season along with a JJ Philbin comedy, which has a put pilot commitment at NBC, and a Sarah Watson legal romantic comedy at ABC. The Katims-penned About A Boy launches in midseason on NBC.
CBS has bought a terrorist drama from Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin, series’ writer Nikki Toscano and Universal TV. Meanwhile, former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey is reuniting with series producer Bruckheimer TV for a cop drama based on Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series of books that has gone to Fox. Both projects have script commitments.