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CW Developing Case-of-the-Week Drama From 'Grimm' Scribe

"Wrecking Ball" centers on a John F. Kennedy Jr. type who teams with a campaign strategist to solve underdog cases of the week.

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Richard Hatem

The CW is getting into the procedural business.

The young-skewing network has given script orders to Wrecking Ball, a case-of-the-week drama from Grimm's Richard Hatem, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The project from CBS Television Studios revolves around a John F. Kennedy Jr.-type character who teams with a young campaign strategist to solve underdog cases.

Hatem, whose credits also include the network's Supernatural and The Secret Circle, will pen the project and executive produce alongside Ross Fineman (FX's Lights Out).

The project comes after CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters in July that Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle Ringer -- which was canceled after one underperforming season -- proved too heavily serialized and ultimately was difficult for fans to come in midway through the series.

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"One of the things you learn about the level of these serialized shows is less may be more," he told reporters. "Twenty-two [episodes] might have been too many. So if there's a consideration to redo it, we'd probably go anywhere from six to 13."

Hatem (Stephen King's The Dead Zone) is repped by WME and APA.

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