August 31, 2011 3:01pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Mark Burnett, Forest Whitaker Projects Among TNT's Development Slate
TNT is looking for a few good dramas.
The cable network Wednesday gave script orders to five drama projects as well as ordering a pilot from Mark Burnett.
The five projects in development are:
• H.I.K.E.: A female police officer runs the Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement team in Phoenix, Ariz., the kidnapping capital of the U.S., co-written by Forest Whitaker and Amanda Green.
• The Order, revolves around an archaeologist professor who participates in digs around Israel that explore questions surrounding faith and meaning. Joel Fields is attached to write the project from DreamWorks TV. Zafir Kochanovsky, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are on board as executive producers.
• Perfect Set, written by Nina Colman, the project revolves around a brother and sister who solve crimes and is being dubbed a present-day Hart to Hart. Alan Loeb is on board as executive producer.
• Rush, a hospital drama about live in the ER from Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls and writer Allan McDonald.
• Island Time, which revolves around a woman who abandons her corporate life and reinvents herself after winning a Pacific island bar. Joe Field and Josh Brand are attached to pen the project. Jonathan Barch and Rob Wolken are on board as executive producers.
On the reality front, Fortune Hunters, from Survivor producer Burnett, would follow contestants as they hunt for treasure. Burnett is attached to executive produce.
TNT recently gave script orders Bishop to Pawn, a drama from Person of Interest scribe Greg Plageman that revolves around a private investigator who runs his business out of his Los Angeles pawn shop. Jerry Bruckheimer is attached as an executive producer.
The projects join 1880s Western Gateway, which TNT ordered to pilot earlier this month.
If picked up to series, the projects would join recently green-lit primetime soap Dallas.
TNT's drama schedule is currently populated by such hits as the recently renewed Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer – which is currently airing its final season -- and newer entry Falling Skies, which recently picked up a second season.
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