Some 36 hours after he closed a deal to direct TNT’s untitled Allan Loeb pilot, Gregory Hoblit has exited the cop drama starring Steven Weber and D.L Hughley over a clash with creator-executive producer Loeb. Emmy winner Hoblit, who has directed the pilots for such series as L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, made the deal without meeting Loeb. I hear he then sent notes to Loeb, some of them subjective but most pertained to time/budget cuts and ways to whip the script into shape with 3 weeks left until production start date. Loeb was reportedly “insulted” by the notes, which he described as hypercritical and arrogant, and gave producing studio Lionsgate TV an ultimatum that “it’s either him or me”. The studio asked Hoblit to apologize to Loeb. Hoblit, against the advice of agents and lawyer, called the studio and resigned, forfeiting the six-figure directing fee he would’ve kept had he opted to get fired. Loeb has been very busy lately. In addition to his TNT pilot, he also recently did a polish on the pilot for Fox’s Terra Nova pilot and has several features in various stages of development and pre-production.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip co-stars Steven Weber and D.L. Hughley are reuniting on TNT. Weber and Hughley have been tapped as the two leads of TNT’s untitled pilot from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps writer Allan Loeb. In other TNT pilot casting, Arjay Smith has landed a lead role opposite Eric McCormack in the network’s drama Perception.
Based on Marshall Karp’s novel The Rabbit Factory, the Lionsgate TV-produced Allan Loeb project centers on recently widowed police Detective Mike Lomax (Weber) and his newly married partner, Terry Biggs (Hughley), who delve into a world of mystery, intrigue and occasional hijinks. Lomax, who continues to receive humorous and heartfelt weekly letters from his wife a year after her death, tries to navigate the singles world while also maintaining his pedigree as one of L.A.’s finest. Loeb wrote the pilot script and is executive producing with Steven Pearl. Ken Topolsky is co-executive producing. Weber, repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment, is already in business with TNT. He has a 3-episode arc on the network’s upcoming sci-fi series Fallen Skies. Hughley, who has an arc on TBS’ upcoming comedy series Glory Daze, is with ICM and 3 Arts.