'CSI's' Carol Mendelsohn Sells Projects to CBS, CW, FX
The prolific producer teams with "Smallville," "Hellcats" and "L.A. Confidential" writers for a number of new dramas.
Prolific producer Carol Mendelsohn has continued her busy development season, selling four additional hourlong dramas to networks including CBS, CW and FX.
The CSI executive producer, through her CBS Television Studios-based Carol Mendelsohn Productions shingle, is already having a stellar development season with a pair of projects already set up at CBS and a third, TNT's Tricia Helfer-starrer Scent of the Missing, already ordered to pilot.
The new projects continue to draw upon her experience with police procedurals, with The Murder Room script order set up at CBS. Based on the book by Michael Capuzzo, the drama revolves around a world-famous profiler, forensic artist and leading investigator for the FBI who form a team to investigate crimes that have stupefied law enforcement around the world. Feature scribe George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum) is on board to write the project and executive produce alongside Mendelsohn and head of developmentJulie Weitz.
The CW, meanwhile, has given script orders to a pair of fantasy dramas: Unearthly and The Hollows.
Based on the book by Cynthia Hand, Unearthly revolves around a girl who realizes that her destiny is to become an angel. The drama reunites Hellcats executive producer/writer Kevin Murphy with the network. He'll write and executive produce the project alongside Mendelsohn and Weitz.
The Hollows also marks another reunion for the young-skewing network, with Smallville writer Jordan Hawley executive producing and penning the project. Based on the book by Kim Harrison, Hollows would continue the network's relationship with witches -- Kevin Williamson's The Secret Circle was picked up for a full season this month. The urban fantasy world drama revolves around a private investigator/witch who works with local law enforcement agencies to combat threats both mundane and supernatural. Mendelsohn and Weitz will executive produce.
Lastly, male-skewing cable network FX has given script orders to Throwdown Gun, a drama from L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy, who will write and executive produce alongside Monster's Clark Peterson, Mendelsohn and Weitz.
Mendelsohn already has police dramas Widow Detective, with Noel scribe David Hubbard; and Two Badges, based on the book by Mona Ruiz and Geoff Boucher with The Good Wife writer Ted Humphrey set up at CBS. Missing was picked up to pilot last month at TNT.
Mendelsohn is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
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