From the clips they showed today at Comic-Con, the second season of Under The Dome is about to get a lot harsher. Big Jim is on the warpath, Barbie is on the move and what’s underneath Chester’s Mill might turn out to be as deadly as the dome that’s over top of it. ”No one is safe under the dome,” said executive produce Neal Baer today about whether more characters would die on the CBS summer drama.
“We kept the body count down for the beginning of the season so we can rev it up towards the end,” Baer added during today’s panel discussion. “There are no set rules,” the EP also remarked about whether killed-off characters could come back.
A five-minute clip of Episode 7 was shown during the panel, hinting with Mike Vogel’s character Dale “Barbie” Barbara falling into a deep cavern that the dome may prove not to so impregnable. “One of our characters might get out of the dome this season, literally,” said Baer. “We just finished shooting last week and we know the ending but we won’t tell you.” The episode airs August 11. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Neal Baer has signed a new two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. The early renewal will keep him and his Baer Bones production company at the studio through 2016. Baer will continue as executive producer/showrunner on CBS Studios’ CBS series Under The Dome while also developing new projects. He has sold drama The Three Behrs to CBS, with another sale pending. Written/executive produced by Baer and Dan Truly, The Three Behrs centers on three doctors, all strangers to each other, who are brought together at a prominent NYC hospital and learn that they’re brothers. Their recently deceased father was the legendary Chief of the hospital and posthumously wants his children to take it over and continue his legacy. This marks a return to the medical drama beat for Baer, a practicing pediatrician, who started on ER where he spent seven seasons, rising from a staff writer to executive producer. On NBC/WBTV’s ER, he also first worked with CBS’ Les Moonves and Nina Tassler and CBS TV Studios president David Stapf, who were all at Warner Bros. TV at the time. Baer, repped by Paradigm and Michael Gendler, also served as executive producer/showrunner on veteran NBC procedural Law & Order: SVU and CBS medical drama A Gifted Man before boarding Under The Dome. “I’m thrilled to be staying at CBS and the wonderful team at Under The Dome, Baer said. In its first … Read More »
Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.
This morning members of the press got a first look at the first episode of CBS’ Under The Dome at CBS Studios in Studio City. The heavily promoted 13-episode summer series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King premieres June 24 at 10 PM. But there also is an interesting story beneath Under: The series, from Lost veteran Brian K. Vaughan (who developed Under The Dome with co-creator Stephen King, whose dystopian novel inspired the show) and executive producer Neal Baer, took a long journey from concept-in-development at Showtime to CBS.
A little history: A few years ago, Vaughan had a meeting at DreamWorks, which had the rights to King’s novel. “They said they were thinking about taking it to Showtime to do an ongoing series,” Vaughan says. “It was in development for a really long time at Showtime and they were terrific. But I think when it came time to pull the trigger, they thought it was not a perfect fit for the direction that Showtime is headed. But [Showtime president] David Nevins thought: ‘This is a terrific script. I’m going to call [CBS entertainment president] Nina Tassler and see if it’s a better fit for CBS.’ ”
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EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order: SVU and ER veteran Neal Baer has teamed with feature producers James Mangold and Cathy Konrad and Reaper creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters for a medical drama, which has been set up at CBS. The project is based on the book Your Medical Mind by renowned physicians Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband.
Inspired by their lives, the show focuses on a husband and wife – one a surgeon, one an internist – who end up working together in the same hospital. Their unique approaches to medicine — and different ways of dealing with tough ethical issues — will lead them to examine the state of their own marriage. “It’s about how they navigate their marriage now that they’re working together for the first time,” Baer said. “I’d love to see the medical world though the prism of marriage.” The project is produced by CBS TV Studios, where Baer and Fazekas & Butters are under overall deals and Mangold and Konrad serve as executive producers on the studio’s new CBS drama Vegas. Mangold and Konrad’s Treeline Film and Baer’s Baer Bones co-produce. Read More »
Jessica Shulman has been tapped to run Neal Baer’s newly launched production company Baer Bones Inc. Former Law & Order: SVU showrunner Baer is finishing the first year of a three-year overall deal at CBS TV Studios. The move signals a shift to development for Baer, who jumped into showunner duties on CBS Studios’ CBS series A Gifted Man on day one of his deal and focused his attention on the freshman medical drama for most of last year. “Jessica is a savvy executive who has a gift for working with writers and a great sense of storytelling,” Baer said. Shulman most recently spent two months volunteering at an orphanage in Ethiopia after a stint as a member of the production and acquisitions group at Overture Films. Before that, she was an executive for Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger’s Bobker Kruger Films. She began her career in the MP Lit department at Paradigm, which reps Baer.
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There have been some changes on CBS’ A Gifted Man, starring Patrick Wilson as an ultra-competitive surgeon whose dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins appearing to him, since the pilot for the supernatural medical drama written by Susannah Grant and directed by Jonathan Demme was shot. ER and Law & Order: SVU veteran Neal Baer was brought in as showrunner; actress Rachelle Lefevre was cast as a new regular, as a doctor, in as part of the effort to beef up the medical procedural element of the show; Pablo Schreiber was upped from guest star to regular; and Julie Benz, who plays Wilson’s sister, renegotiated her deal to change her status from regular to recurring. Despite all the changes, “we didn’t retool,” Baer, who is a licensed pediatrician, said at the show’s TCA panel this afternoon. “It’s the same show, the same characters. The pilot sets up the relationship between (Wilson’s and Ehle’s characters), and the next episode is a week later. … So there’s no retooling at all. There’s medicine in the pilot and there’s medicine in the next episode.” Read More »
UPDATE 1:40 PM: Outgoing Law & Order: SVU executive producer/showrunner Neal Baer has been tapped as executive producer/ showrunner of A Gifted Man. This marks his first gig under his new overall deal at CBS TV Studios, which starts in a few days.
PREVIOUS: CBS just picked up another new drama series, the untitled Susannah Grant medical drama, now titled A Gifted Man. Produced by CBS TV Studios, it stars Patrick Wilson as ultra-competitive surgeon Michael, whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife Anna dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the hereafter. The Gifted Man joins dramas The 2-2 (prev. Rookies), Unforgettable (prev. The Rememberer) and David Hornsby’s comedy How To Be a Gentleman, picked up earlier today; and drama Person of Interest and comedy Two Broke Girls, which were ordered Friday.
Warren Leight is returning to the Law & Order franchise as executive producer and showrunner of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Leight is finalizing a deal to succeed Neal Baer, who, after 11 year at the helm of SVU, is leaving the crime drama at the end of the season to segue into a rich three-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. With an experienced showrunner like Leight in place, NBC and Dick Wolf have solved one of the two issues SVU faces in its quest for a 13th season. The other is re-signing stars Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni, whose deals are up at the end of the season. The two have just started talks with the network, with the pace of the negotiations expected to pick up during the next couple of weeks. Read More »
Law & Order executive producer/showrunner Neal Baer is making his novel writing debut with a series of 3 books. The novels, which Baer is writing with SVU co-executive producer Jonathan Greene, have been sold to Kensington. The medical thriller books, the first of which is titled Kill Switch, are set in the world of forensic psychiatry, an area previously explored by Silence of the Lambs, among others. They are slated to be published in January of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The series centers on Claire Waters, a young forensic psychiatrist. Baer, a pediatrician by trade, had had some training in psychiatry and, during his tenure on SVU, he has talked to many forensic psychiatrists. “I became interested in the science behind what makes a criminal mind. Claire is driven to understand the scientific explanation of why people would commit a crime,” he said. The books stem from a feature outline Baer and Greene wrote 8 years ago. Now, they’re planning to go full circle, eying a feature adaptation for the novels. The duo’s agency Paradigm is taking out to film producers a synopsis for the first book and the part of it that has been completed.
Baer is wrapping his final season at the helm of SVU before transitioning to an overall deal at CBS TV Studios in June.
After 16 years at NBC – 5 on ER and 11 on Law & Order: SVU – Neal Baer is heading to CBS. In a competitive situation, Baer has signed a three-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. The pact, said to be in the high-seven figures, includes development as well as showrunner services. It starts on June 2, a day after Baer’s contract on SVU expires. Baer has been the executive producer/showrunner on SVU since the series’ second season. With him departing and the deals of stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni up at the end of this season, the future of the veteran NBC crime drama is in limbo. Read More »