January 30, 2013 8:00am PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
Fox Adds Drama Pilots From 'Justified's' Graham Yost, 'Shield' EP
Fox is adding more potential dramas to its portfolio.
The network has ordered pilots for an ER-meets-West Wing-meets-Top Gun ensemble from Justified's Graham Yost as well as a gang task force drama project from The Shield's Scott Rosenbaum.
The former, Wild Blue, revolves around a young group of working men and women on board a U.S. aircraft carrier with a 500-foot landing strip, a nuclear reactor and 6,000 souls on board. The show is billed as an upstairs/downstairs look at pressure-cooker lives of Navy service members.
The hourlong effort, from Sony Pictures Television, is being penned by Justified's Taylor Elmore, who will also serve as a co-executive producer. Yost will join him as an executive producer alongside Breaking Bad EP Mark Johnson and co-EP Melissa Bernstein. Michael Dinner, who also is involved with Justified as well as Fox's short-lived The Mob Doctor, has been tapped to direct and executive produce the pilot.
If ultimately ordered to series, Wild Blue could join Yost's growing collection of drama series, including FX's Justified and new entry The Americans and TNT's Falling Skies.
Gang Related hails from Fast & Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan, marking his second pilot order in as many days. The drama revolves around a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through the ranks, balancing his obligations to his crime family with his new one among the SFPD's Gang Task Force.
Morgan will write and executive produce the 20th Television and Imagine drama alongside Rosenbaum. Imagine's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will also exec produce. Gang Related follows Morgan's ABC drama Big Thunder, a take on Disney's Western-themed attraction Big Thunder Mountain this pilot season. Morgan joins Raising Hope's Greg Garcia, The Office's Greg Daniels, J.J. Abrams, Peter Tolan, Bill Lawrence and Julie Plec, among others, as having multiple pilots set up for 2013-14.
The pickups bring Fox's drama tally to eight, including Greg Kinnear starrer Rake, a Sleepy Hollow adaptation and a buddy cop drama from Abrams and J.H. Wyman, among others. Fox greenlighted five dramas last season.
Elmore is repped by UTA; Yost is repped by CAA; Morgan is repped by ICM Partners, H2F and McKuin Frankel; and Rosenbaum is with CAA and Gendler & Kelly.