EXCLUSIVE: In its second sale this season, Bruckheimer TV has set up a Navy SEALs drama at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The untitled project, from Life creator/executive producer Rand Ravich, is based on the lives of Navy SEALs and their families. Ravich will write the script and executive produce the Warner Bros TV project with his producing partner Far Shariat, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing.
The Navy SEALs arena was expected to be hot this development season following the successful May assassination of Osama bin Laden by an elite team of SEALs. The ABC deal follows another major Bruckheimer TV sale last week, when the company’s procedural drama from writer Aron Eli Coleite about a mom who becomes a New York State Trooper received a put pilot commitment at CBS.
In their first development season at Sony Pictures TV, showrunners Shawn Ryan and Simon Mirren have teamed for a crime drama. The untitled project has sold to CBS, where Mirren recently served as co-showrunner on Criminal Minds, with a put pilot commitment. The drama, which Mirren will write, does evoke Criminal Minds as well as Showtime’s drama Dexter. It is a procedural about a genetic scientist who uses his newfound discovery that he has the psychopath gene to help the FBI catch killers. The show, which Ryan and Mirren are executive producing, is inspired by the true story of UC Irvine Professor James Fallon, a brilliant but genetically flawed scientist who, while helping to unlock the mysteries of the genome code, discovered that he was a psychopath linked to a long line of serial killers, including axe murderer Lizzie Borden. The deal extends the trend this development season for the big put pilot commitment to go to A-list producers, including Ryan, Jerry Bruckheimer (the Aron Eli Coleite mom-turned-NY State Trouper drama at CBS), Dick Wolf (the Michael Brandt-Derek Haas firefighter drama at NBC) and Greg Berlanti (Marc Guggenheim’s legal drama at Fox). Read More »